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Old 06-02-2013, 11:23 PM   #1 
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Live plants for breeding tank

so I am interested in getting some live plants for my betta breeding tank :) What kind of plants can go in a betta tank/live in normal gravel? How do I look after them? I heard about root tabs. Would that be good for a breeding tank?
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:28 PM   #2 
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Well, in a breeding tank, you want low light plants at dont need substrate (since there should not be substrate in a breeding tank). Anubias, java fern, and java moss are three good plants for this purpose.
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Most breeders (including myself) like using a clear bottom in their breeding and grow out tanks. The reason is simple: easier clean up and care. This also has benefits for the breeding process, as it makes it much easier for your male to see where his eggs have gone. If you want to use natural plants, I would suggest using "floaters". Natural plants are a great idea, as they hold plenty of hiding spots and loads of infusoria (often the first thing fry will eat).
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Most breeders (including myself) like using a clear bottom in their breeding and grow out tanks. The reason is simple: easier clean up and care. This also has benefits for the breeding process, as it makes it much easier for your male to see where his eggs have gone. If you want to use natural plants, I would suggest using "floaters". Natural plants are a great idea, as they hold plenty of hiding spots and loads of infusoria (often the first thing fry will eat).
My only concern about that is all of the plastic plants I own. they'd all float away lol but okay, I'll take a look at some floaters. do they need much maintenance?
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Well, in a breeding tank, you want low light plants at dont need substrate (since there should not be substrate in a breeding tank). Anubias, java fern, and java moss are three good plants for this purpose.
okay thanks :) I'll look for some of those at the pet store tomorrow
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My only concern about that is all of the plastic plants I own. they'd all float away lol but okay, I'll take a look at some floaters. do they need much maintenance?
Nope! In fact, my floaters have exploded and I really need to get rid of them, lol. I have so much duckweed its unhealthy, and my frogbit has gone really crazy. I just put in a liquid fertilizer as my 20 gallon hasn't been converted to a dirt+sand substrate yet.
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