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Old 06-25-2013, 08:59 AM   #1 
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how much foilage is enough?

I'm curious how many plants/decorations I need in a 10 gal Tank. Typically I like a simple look, so I wonder if I need more. I currently have a a 10 gal tank w/ a and two small amazon sword plants. Also there's a small decor sign that isn't really a good hiding spot or anything, but it's in there. Do I need more plants, and/or how much of the bottom of the tank should I see. I currently have no fish in there, I'm cycling the water currently. But my plan is 1 betta male, 6ish neon tetra, and maybe a red-blue tetra (if it's compatible w/ a betta, no on really seems to know since it's a new fish to have in captivity it seems). From what I understand that neons will be fine w/ the betta since they are quick enough to avoid his initial aggression, than the betta will settle down and leave them alone since he can't catch them and just kind of live w/ them. The red-blue tetra , from what I understand, will try to school with any fish. My concern is it will try to school with the beta and will get hurt or killed.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #2 
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My 10g & 5.5g tanks have two cave structures & the rest is plants. IMO, it depends a little on the Betta. For example, one of my males NEVER goes into any of his caves but he LOVES to sit on to of the plants. Another male LOVES swimming through the plants & the caves. I prefer more plants than decoration & IMO you can't have too many plants, I'm working to get my planted tanks 70-80% planted.

Here are the items I have in my 10g tanks:
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I have more decorations that are not currently in tanks, its what happens when you get hooked . . .

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:15 AM   #3 
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FYI I like your decorations, I was gonna do a more "zen" look for my tank, but I have a daughter, and my gf has a son; so we had to do a more "fun" tank. I'll prolly get another 2 or 3 plants. The castle and sign is on 1 side of my tank and the pirate stuff on the other side to represent each of the kids. The plants will be filling the middle of the tank to provide more hiding and comfort i guess. My concern with plants was that I had artificial plants in the tank before (6 to be exact) with the decorations, and 1 of the fish got caught in the plants and died. Granted they were goldfish, and artificial plants. I wasn't sure how well bettas could move through plants, and how live plants differed from their fake counter parts.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:15 PM   #4 
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Were the plants you had silk? They are better than plastic especially for a male Betta. It would be odd for a fish to get stuck in the plants unless they were very rigid. Unfortunately I don't have current pics of my smaller tanks but there are some older pics in my albums. I'll try to get some pics this evening & post them tomorrow. Here's my 46g that has all real plants except 2:
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:23 PM   #5 
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The castle decoration is not very good. My daughter had it in her tank, and it bubbled under the paint and peeled.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:32 PM   #6 
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You can always use more plants, real or silk, as long as they are tall. Bettas are a mid to top level swimmer. They do spend time on the bottom, but since they breathe oxygen they spend plenty of time at the top of the water. Some tall plants give them a place to hide and rest. A couple of hidey caves don't hurt either, but I'd spend more time picking out the plants.
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