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  1. Substrate

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hi! I have decided to upgrade my betta's tank from a 3.5 gallon to a 5 gallon. From the research I've done I decided that sand would be a good idea for this tank? Do any sand users have recommendations and advice? Will live plants live better or worse in these conditions? Any good/bad...
  2. Worried my betta might have eaten a piece of substrate - help!

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    Hi guys, This may sound like a ridiculous concern, but I was planting a few small Sagittaria subulata sprigs in my betta's tank, and while doing so, some of the underneath substrate (a small white gravel - larger than a grain of sand, but some are about the size of a betta pellet) floated to...
  3. Substrate choices, please help me

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    Hi guys! I got a new betta over the weekend, and currently he is living in a 1 gal jar, while I set up his new home. I have another betta and he is in a 5 gal with gravel, but I don't reaaaally love the look of it. I was thinking of getting sand but I was told it gets dirty and it shows. Can...
  4. switching substrate?

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    Once I move my betta into a new tank, I plan on using his old 5.5 gal tank as a hospital tank, I want to switch out the gravel with aquarium sand but was just wondering if it would affect the good bacteria and if I would have to wait a month to add any patients(if any become sick/injured)
  5. Share your glass/marble substrate aquariums + "Roman Gravel" brand gravels

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    Looking for more ideas for my tank. I have marbles, but I love glass and new color theme ideas for see-through substrate. Also love Roman Gravel brand based on google images, but really need to see more out there! Even if you have a few marbles on your gravel you may share :) I love how this...
  6. Bad mix: Eco-complete and established filter media?

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    Hey there, In a few weeks I'll be setting up a new 29-gallon. I'll be using Eco-Complete Aquarium Substrate which apparently includes some water containing "purifying bacteria" that help jump start the nitrogen cycle. I also wanted to use some established filter media to help the cycle along...
  7. Flaking substrate?

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    I have a mix of red and purple substrate and they are not the same brand. I have been noticing that when I vacuum my tank there are little red flakes which I used to think were pieces of fish waste, but I realized after there were more and bigger flakes, and the red substrate started losing...
  8. removing substrate and 100% water change plus proper cycling

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    I have had a Betta fish for about a year and half and I'm still confused as to the best and easiest way to maintain his tank. We started with a small 1 gallon tank, no filter and a small heater. We upgraded to a 3.5 gallon tank after a year with a whisper filter and heater that regulates the...
  9. Substrate color?

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    I am *hopefully* picking up substrate and setting up the permanent home for my newest boy, and need help deciding on a substrate color. I could go with black, but many of my tanks have black already. I feel that natural gravel would wash him out. Any ideas?
  10. How to change substrate in existing tank?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Hi, I would like to change my 2 10g tanks over to fully planted tanks. Right now, I have a mix of live and fake plants, some which should be planted in substrate (but aren't yet :-? ) and some which are attached to decor (java fern) and some floaters. What I would like to do is remove the...
  11. Preparing for New Betta

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    Hi! I'm new here, but have had Bettas in the past. I'm awaiting a new Betta from a Thailand breeder: I'm preparing his tank setup while I wait for his arrival. Since it's been a while since I had my last Betta (which I had to give up when I moved), I did some research to make sure I do...
  12. Help with moving to larger tank

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi all, I'm new to the group. (Waving) I currently have a 3 gallon tetra half moon tank with a sponge filter and heater and have purchased a 6.6 gallon hexagon tank. Since his tank is fairly established can I just move him to the new tank using part of the old water and the rest new...
  13. Switching from gravel to sand

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    Hello all! I bought some Tahitian Moon Sand since it was recommended by a few users, and I'm curious if I can use my gravel vacuum the same way for sand. Another question: should I use only sand, or should I have sand with a layer of gravel on top? I'm thinking of adding African Dwarf Frogs to...
  14. Substrate Recommendations?

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    So I'm about to set up a divided 10 gallon, and I think I want to use sand for the substrate. I've got gravel in one tank and rocks in the other, and I don't care for either of them very much. I want something that will look nice, be easy to plant things in if I want to, and will be easy to...
  15. I need help starting up a 5 gal!

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    Hello :) I am fairly new at this, and I need your advice! I'm getting the 5 gallon Fluval Spec later this month for my male crowntail, Finley. I have a few questions regarding substrate, plants, and heating. I currently have Finley in an unheated 1.5 gallon filtered tank with gravel and a...
  16. HELP. Betta dug hole and buried his face.

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    My betta just dug a hole in the moss and substrate under my Java fern… Now he is sitting there with his head in the ground. He has never done this before. My tank is heavily planted and has a giant piece of driftwood full of holes to hide in… Why is he doing this? Is something wrong? Any...
  17. Best substrates?

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    So recently I attempted a planted tank, and completely botched it up. I purchased some wonderful mineralized topsoil from bamaplants.com, but for whatever reason we didn't completely cap it. So after realizing that mistake, we drained the water and completely capped it, but there's still "mud...
  18. Getting started to make a 29 gal

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    So I got a 29gal Tank from Petco's godly annual 1$ a gallon sale and I'm currently doing a ton of research on what I want to stock it with and such. I want to paint the background black and I'm wondering if this tube of Liquitex Basic Acrylic paint in Mars Black would be safe for the background...
  19. Plants without substrate?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    So I was having major issues with water quality in my tank. I got rid of the gravel, and other than the fact it kinda un-cycled the tank, it's made all the difference. I tied my plants to suction cups to anchor them, and I've been using liquid plant food, which seems to be keeping them nice and...
  20. Sand Color?

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    While I'm twiddling my thumbs in anticipation of my fluval spec v arriving in the mail, I was wondering if I could get some feedback. Should I do black or white sand? I felt that poop and other fun things fell through gravel and river rock too easily so I switched in my previous tank and I...
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