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Old 06-23-2010, 09:46 AM   #1 
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Slowly replacing plastic with real?

In my sorority, would it hurt to slowly start replacing one real plant for one of the plastic/silk plants that I have now? Would this mess up my girls? I am starting to like the idea of trying real plants. The ones that I have seen are EXPENSIVE! I was thinking maybe buy one plant per week, taking out one of the fake plants I now have and putting the new one in that place.
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:27 PM   #2 
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Personally, I think that sounds like a GREAT idea!!! :)
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:38 PM   #3 
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I have 2 planted aquariums and haven't paid more than 6 dollars for a single plant. They really aren't very expensive
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:23 PM   #4 
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A lot of people with sororities have both live and fake plants. Sororities need to be very densely decorated with hiding places from top to bottom since bettas have to go up to the surface to breathe and many times, sleep on the gravel at night. Plants can take awhile to grow in, and most low light varieties do not reach all the way to the surface unless they are floaters like some mosses and hornwort. Replacing decor can also break up the territorial boundaries set up by the girls, and may cause some squabbling. Please keep this in mind when redecorating your tank.

Also, keep in mind that many pet stores market nonaquatic plants as if they were aquatic. Stay away from variegated or very brightly colored (with red/purple/white/yellow) plants--common pitfalls are brazilian swords (peace lily), ribbon plant (lucky bamboo), bamboo, mondo grass, and purple waffle.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:35 PM   #5 
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Lion Mom - thanks

Mizzle - $6.00 may not sound like much but when you are looking a doing a 10 gallon sorority tank and two 5 gallons, it adds up.

Adastra - Thanks for the info. I was afraid of the whole territory thing. Just was wondering if I took out one fake and replaced with one real if it would be that big of a deal? Probably so. I might just do some real in my boys 5 gallon tanks.
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Old 06-23-2010, 05:40 PM   #6 
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Sounds like a good plan to me. Also, just get one at a time to make sure you can keep them alive before you dump a ton of money into them. LOL
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