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Old 03-22-2014, 12:10 PM   #1 
Joey Fish
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Official "Betta Bulbs" Thread

I've seen several threads regarding "Betta Bulbs" for sale at PetCo. I wanted to start this thread for all discussion about Petco selling Betta Bulbs, pictures of your bulbs once they have grown, or what you've seen at your local stores, and stories of your success and failures, also how you achieved success/failure with them.

I bought a pack of three, they have been sitting inside a half gallon container, half in the gravel, half out, under about an inch and a half of water, they have not sprouted? What have I done wrong? Is it really worth it?
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:15 PM   #2 
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I have got these 2 times, I think a different brand (package shown below), each package had 4-5 bulbs, 3 different types. I did buy at petco or petsmart, I don't remember which. I really really wanted the lily one to sprout, but both times they were duds. The first batch, only the onion plant sprouted. It only had one long "leaf", which ended up breaking and it never grew more.

On the second batch, the aponogeton only sprouted, and this was a pretty amazing one. Once it sprouted, the flower stem parts grew at the rate of over an inch per hour when I moved it out of my smaller tank into the 10 gallon. The leaves have also grown very fast, far more rapid than any other plant I have had.

Definitely not a plant for anything smaller than a 10 gallon. I have it kinda buried in the back of my tank, so pics are hard to get, but I tried. This is all growth in about 2 weeks time. The flower stalks are over 2 feet total, draping across the surface, and the leaves are 6-8 inches long from the base. It's sprouting a new leaf pretty much daily.
I think if nothing has sprouted from the bulbs within 2 weeks, they probably won't. But it doesn't hurt to keep trying to encourage them in a sunny spot til they start to mold. The second batch I added flourish comprehensive to the water, but I don't think it mattered. It's hit and miss. Either it's a good live bulb or it's a dud. Worth it? yeah, I think so. You might just have to try another batch. It's fun somehow seeing one sucessfuly grow.

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Sorry for the not so great pics. I just thought it'd be good to try and show the single plant I got out of 8 or 9 bulbs.
I'll probably keep getting the bulbs now and then hoping to get a hit on the waterlily. They're cheap, so what the heck :)
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:19 PM   #3 
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I'd wait it out. Some of the bulbs are duds but mine took about 2 weeks to sprout.
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