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I made a list of some (supposedly) low maintenance easy to grow Asian/Southeast Asian plants because I want to do the same thing for a sorority time in the future:

Chinese Ivy (Cardamine lyrata)
Cryptocorynes lucens
Cryptocorynes pontederiifolia
Cryptocorynes wendtii
Dwarf Hygrophila (Hygrophila polysperma
Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)
Java Moss (Taxiphyllum barbieri)
Limnophila gigantea
Monoselenium tenerum
Rotala rotundifolia
Water Sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides)
Water Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis)
Willow Hygro (Hygrophilia augustifolia)
Vallisneria (Vallisneria spiralis)
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Thanks for sharing! Maybe we could bounce some ideas off of each other.

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No problem. :)

I never kept glass cats myself, but there are two species; Kryptopterus minor stay at around 2.5 inches and Kryptopterus bichirris that get larger. I've heard they are pretty peaceful fish and good tankmates for bettas, but they're extremely sensitive to changes in water condition.
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When I was little, and my mom thought it was a great idea to give a 5 yr old a fish tank, I'd had one all by itself with a slew of unsuitable fish. >_< Fortunately, it still around when my mom decided to rehome all of the fish.

I've thought about them a lot since then, and would like to have them again, only the RIGHT way this time around! I think the only place that has either species only carries K. minor.

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Yes I originally had a senior moment and put in amazon. Sometimes I forget which board I'm in as I also work on one for Angelfish and Discus. I raise Angelfish, tetras, and plecos (bristlenose, clown and rubberlip) in my 75. Been doing that for over 10 years so when I talk about blackwater my mind goes to the Amazon. Sorry.

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No worries! xD
Glass cats, how big of a tank are you planning? I feel like a school of them might "steal the show" so to speak, though.
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Olympia, a 50 or 55 gal. The "show" would be the whole biotope, not just the bettas or the glass cats. I wish I could get some splendens that are really close to the wild type though. I have no clue where to find captive born "wild" B. splendens.

Waterdog, I started out with red bellied piranhas in blackwater, I know how that goes. lol

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So, I have another question. I would like to have a small school of 5-10 glass cats, maybe one or two local bottom feeders (which I have to figure out what species those are). All of this in either my 55 or my 50. How many female bettas should be in my sorority? Can I do 5 or 6?

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Yea that'd be fine. You could go up to 10 easily though.

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Yea that'd be fine. You could go up to 10 easily though.
even with the glass cats and some bottom feeders? I don't want to overload.

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