04-20-2010, 12:55 AM
| || | Just my experience and what works for me. :)
Originally Posted by Gibbons
I got a 10 gallon tank and put a fiberglass divider up. I'm still in the beginning stages of getting the tank up and running so I have time to plan or change things. The tank is for two Bettas, being split obviously, and maybe adding another fish or ghost shrimp. I was thinking of putting sand in. I never used sand before but always liked how it look. I was going to get play sand from home depot. So my questions are:
1. Is sand a good substrate for Bettas? Yes, my betta does just fine on sand, going on two years.
2. I know you have to rinse play sand, what is a good method for this? Big bucket, filled about halfway w/ sand, add water, stir around, let sand settle, pour the water off the top, then do it all over again, about ten times!
3. How do you clean sand, I've always used gravel and a gravel vac? You hover the gravel vac just above the surface, sucking up all the gunk. Much easier than having to shove a gravel vac down into gravel.
4. I planned on planting the tank, do plants do well in sand? All my tanks are planted, all my tanks have sand (one with the Home Depot play sand), all my plants grow well. (I have proper lighting, dose with liquid ferts once a week, put root tabs under the heavy feeders about every one to to months...all this I would be doing anyway, if I had gravel.