1. I despise gravel :D for this reason - it is horrible to keep clean. It leaves a lot of gaps between the pieces, and those gaps harbor fish crap and other nasties down in there like no other. I didn’t realize it until I went to remove all the gravel in my first tank and it stirred up so much crap it turned my water a dark brown. I was horrified. and most people put a thick layer of gravel which is even worse. It leads to ammonia spikes and other toxicity problems.
2. Sand is SUPER easy to maintain! All the crud stays on the top (it’s almost like magic seriously it just won’t go under it) and you just suction the stuff off the top. The only con would be anaerobic buildup which can happen if you make the sand thicker than an inch. So just don’t make it too thick and really it has no downside to me. It’s also easy for fish to digest if they swallow it! Much safer than gravel. Goldies especially are at risk for swallowing gravel.
This is the sand I use: http://www.amazon.com/CaribSea-Super-Naturals-Aquarium-Sand/dp/B00C892B8K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1397627876&sr=8-4&keywords=aquarium+sand it’s super fine, white which to me is pretty, and has held up really well in my tanks. I absolutely love it, no complaints.
If you’re looking for black sand I hear this stuff is nice too: http://www.amazon.com/Carib-Sea-ACS05821-Tahitian-Aquarium/dp/B003JW54TS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397627876&sr=8-1&keywords=aquarium+sand I haven’t personally used it but the grains are bigger than the white sand apparently. Which put me off from using it in my Axolotl tank, but I was considering getting some for my betta tank.
You can also use just regular play sand you find at the hardware store, or pool filter sand. Sands that are NOT safe are things like reptile sands or sands with calcium in them. Silica sands are safe.
You can indeed plant plants in sand, I have some anubias buried in the sand in my Axolotl tank, and so far it’s doing okay despite Zion (the lotl) attempting to tear it up. Dork.
So tl;dr I love sand in my aquariums and I definitely would recommend it over gravel. I will taKE MY HATRED OF GRAVEL TO THE GRAVE
This was at the Wentzville Petco. The only thing it’s missing is a heater but it comes with tropical fish food, water conditioner, a filter, a hood, and lights. All for $19.99. There is literally no excuse to keep bettas in vases when this exists. Absolutely none.
And for anyone looking to upgrade, here you are. Great size for a male betta with live plants and a snail or some ghost shrimp.
RUDE Kidding, kidding
I know I said i was there and wasn’t (sorry Kai) but now I really want to chat with all you peoplee!
Go to the general chat in the forum!
HEY ALL in the forum!
Go to the general fish chat!
link, please? :D
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Where’d you get those “Don’t touch my fish tank” warning signs in the back? :O
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VWRP98/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Amazon dot com, where you can literally buy anything from laxative gummie bears to not-so-passive aggressive signs warning people to keep their paws off your aquariums
I feel the need to name my tiny cacti
what should I name my tiny cacti?
Why is this suddenly getting a bazillion notes? it’s a macro picture of tiny cacti
Which I named thorne and rose by the way
Omg i want
A typical day for me is something like this.
9:00- 8 week Shih tzu vaccine appointment. Owner doesn’t believe in vaccines.
9:15- Litter of found kittens presents for vaccines, and three of them are sneezing and have “goopy eyes”.
9:30- Pet store brings in a group of 3 guinea pigs with bald…
Oh my god how do you even deal with people
Vets seriously have to be some of the most patient souls on the planet. I would lose my mind.
How he balanced himself on that leaf I will never know
and then he fell off into his food bowl like a dork
"Hey, is this thing on?
I’m ready for my close up.”
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I was up watching the eclipse and now I just can’t sleep haha but seriously going now. Shoot me sand asks tomorrow I’d love to talk substrates.
keep the filter, it can’t hurt and will kick start the process if it has some bacteria :>
also, I think I’ve seen you say that you COMPLETELY hate gravel as a substrate—I am digging gravel in my tank, but my boyfriend really wants to use sand in his—do you happen to have any resources for sand in tanks?I hate gravel With a passion You will not understand until you go to remove it and discover all the crap under there I don’t have any specific sand resources but I can talk to you all day about sand as a substrate Its 4am tho cycling sensei needs to sleep Edit: sorry that post has no punctuation, my tablet removed all my paragraph breaks and it made more sense that way
Don’t worry at all c:
Also, cycling sensei, don’t feel obligated to stay up and talk to me!! I sleep v weird hours and I don’t have any reply expectations. But yes. Sleep. Sleep is good. <3
I have some sand questions but I’ll wait to send them your way until tomorrow!