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Old 05-09-2011, 05:40 PM   #1 
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From Plastic to Real?

I've got a 10 gal with a betta and an Inca snail. Thus far all I have is a castle and 3 plastic plants. I was thinking of switching to real plants. My tank is not cycled. Can I put in the real plants without freaking out my betta too badly? Also, will my snail devour my plants?

If real plants are a go, can someone point me to a forum or website of some sort with care information. I don't want to mess up my plants or compromise by betta!
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:28 PM   #2 
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If your tank is not fully cycled the real plants would be great. They use ammonia as a main nutrient plus soak up other toxins that can harm your betta. I highly suggest you by as many lives plants as you would like. Ones to check out are Anubius, Java fern, and depending on the size of your tank crypts or swords. www.tropicalfishkeeping.com has great plant information. Also a member of the forum (which you can access with this screen name) Byron knows a lot about plants. There is a tab across the top in blue that says tropical fish profiles about also has plants.
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:20 PM   #3 
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Anubias and java fern are nice but they really wont use much ammonia as they grow pretty slow. what you want are stem plants such as Annacharis, Water Sprite, Water Wisteria, Creeping Jenny, Hygrophila, plants like those... lemme find the link to that easy plant guide on here....

Ah! =] Here it is. That guide will tell you which plants grow quickly (most of them btw) and which specifically are ammonia busters. =]

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Old 05-09-2011, 11:24 PM   #4 
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In addition to the above, floating plants are wonderful too. I have dwarf water lettuce and that stuff does so well and grows so fast. My bettas like building nests underneath and between them too. :)
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:27 PM   #5 
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^^^ Oh yes! XD How did I forget floaters? XD

Water Sprite and Annacharis double as floaters.

Other floaters include Frogbit, and Red Root Floater. =]
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:45 PM   #6 
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So, I can just add these plants and it's no big deal? Excellent! Anyone know where you can buy these plants?
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