Which Sand Is Best for Your Giant Bettas?

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When you’re maintaining a tank full of giant betta fish, it can be easy to get caught up in thinking about the little things. After all, those beautiful and unique creatures are the entire reason that you’ve gone to all this trouble in the first place. And while it might seem like an unimportant detail, picking which type of sand is best for your giant betta fish can have a big impact on your final results and their general happiness as pets. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons of each variety of sand when it comes to keeping a giant betta fish at home. Let’s get started.

What is the Best Sand for Giant Bettas?

For most other fish, the sand you use might not make much of a difference in terms of general health and happiness. There will always be an ideal choice, but other sand might still be a perfectly good option. But when it comes to giant betta fish, the choice of sand is much more important. This is because of the way bettas are designed to live. Bettas have gills that allow them to extract oxygen from the water. But they also have an additional organ that allows them to extract oxygen from the air. This is called the labyrinth organ, and it’s what lets these fish live in water that’s low in oxygen. With this organ, bettas can survive in shallow puddles of water. Without it, they can’t survive at all.

Coarse Sand

Coarse sand is an excellent choice for giant bettas because it is easy to clean and won’t clog up the gills of these fish. Bettas are notoriously messy creatures and are always losing scales, so it’s important to find sand that’s easy to clean. Because coarse sand is coarse, it won’t clog up the gills of the betta fish. This is generally not the case with fine sand. Coarse sand is also pretty easy to find and relatively inexpensive. It comes in a variety of colors that can make your tank stand out.

Coral Sand

Coral sand is a good option for giant bettas, but it does have a few drawbacks. Coral sand is usually very fine, which means it can easily clog up the labyrinth organ of the betta fish. This is not a problem if you are cleaning your tank regularly and if you are using a mesh bag or net to catch the sand before it falls to the bottom. But it can be a problem if you aren’t keeping a close eye on your tank. This can lead to infections and other problems.


Marble sand is a good option for giant bettas, and it has the added benefit of being fairly inexpensive. Marble sand is also easy to clean and won’t clog up the gills of your bettas. This sand is usually very light in color, so it might not be the best choice for tanks that are meant to look colorful.

Black Sand

Black sand is made from crushed volcanic rock and is a good choice for giant bettas. Black sand is also sometimes used to help induce spawning in male betta fish. The black color is thought to be attractive to them and will get them ready for breeding. Black sand is usually coarse and easy to clean. It’s also made from a variety of minerals, including iron and manganese, which are important for betta fish. However, black sand is also usually very expensive.

General Tips

Aquarium sand should always be washed and rinsed before it’s put in the tank. This will help remove impurities and other bits that might be in the sand. If you can, try to find a loose form of sand. This will make it easier to clean the tank. If you’re worried about the pH of your tank water, try to find sand that’s closer to neutral or alkaline. Remember that sand is something that’s a part of your tank that your betta will ingest. So you want to make sure that it’s safe for them.


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I am david warner games journalist with 15 years' experience, beginning my career on Edge magazine before working for a wide range of outlets, including Ars Technica, Eurogamer, GamesRadar Gamespot, the Guardian, IGN, the New Statesman, Polygon, and Vice. I was the editor of Kotaku UK, the UK arm of Kotaku, for three years before joining PC Gamer.

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