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Hello! This may seem like a strange question, but I'm curious. I've always used pebbles/gravel in my small tanks, and I've been wanting to put in black sand into my oldest betta's heated & filtered 2.5 galllon tank.

How does one go about cleaning the sand (for when I do full water changes since my tank is small)? Is it easy to remove if I decided to change back? And lastly, do you betta's ever try to eat the small sand?

Any thoughts and opinions about sand in tanks is welcomed :D I see a lot of people on here have sand in their tanks. I love how it looks.
 

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gravel vacuums are your friends. =) I use that for my sand and gravel. never had an issue with my bettas eating it though.
 

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I have two tanks with sand, a 5.5 betta tank and a 29 gallon dwarf cichlid tank. Although I love the look of sand, I find cleaning it a bit tedious and time consuming when compared to gravel. I use a gravel vacuum like this,
http://www.petsmart.com/fish/vacuums/top-fin-aquarium-gravel-vacuum-zid36-16747/cat-36-catid-300083

The trick is to hover the vacuum just above the surface to pick up debris & dirt without sucking up the sand. It helps if you create a whirlpool motion with the gravel vacuum to help stir up the dirt. I find that if I use a smaller vacuum I'm able to pick up more debris that with a larger one that sucks out too much the water before I can siphon up all the dirt.

In a smaller tank, a homemade siphon like Hallyx's patented "50 cent siphon" might just be your best bet.
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=104391
 
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