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Old 06-07-2011, 07:09 AM   #1 
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Smile What is the best tank habitat?

I am new to the forum and would like to say it looks very informative :) Im looking forward to learning new things!

I bought my first Betta on the weekend gone by. Growing up I always kept tropical fish in proper aquariums but now that I live alone I havent had the space. But life was empty without them so I decided to start small and buy a Siamese fighter. I had them over the years but always just as an addition to my tank.

I must admit Im totally in love with this little guy though! I went against what the majority of pet shop owners advise and bought a tank that is a foot wide and has proper airation in it.

However I have read that plastic ornaments can hurt them and damage their fins and bodies. Is this true? I took them out and replaced them with real plants.

I would like him to have the best quality of life as possible. I seem to have forgotten so much! So i will be asking a few other questions in relevant thread if that is ok :)
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:41 AM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum and to the wonderful world of Betta keeping.....ask all the question you need.....

For plastic plants...some can be too rough and snag-tearing the delicate Bettas fins....you can do a pantyhose test to be sure....run pantyhose over the plants and if they snag them the plants will also snag the Bettas fins....silk or live plants are usually better choice.....

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Old 06-08-2011, 04:12 AM   #3 
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That's a good idea. i have taken them out temporarily though anyway just to be safe.

I DID try and snap a shot of him but he was having none of it and found a nice spot of a broad leaf and refused to come out for his picture!
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Hello Kristin and welcome to the forum.
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:57 PM   #5 
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Hi and welcome. I would stick with the real plants. That is more what they would be used to in the wild, and it makes sense on a chemical standpoint as well. Not to mention, if you really get into the plant thing, there are some amazing things you can do with a glass box full of water and some green stuff. Good luck and look forward to seeing you around here.
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I have removed the fake plants - besides the fact that they could harm him i think they are cheap and nasty looking! all natural now :)
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I have removed the fake plants - besides the fact that they could harm him i think they are cheap and nasty looking! all natural now :)
Very nice. Some fake plants look ok, but nothing beats the look of the real thing. Not to mention, real plants will help filter the water in his tank.
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I agree. I will I had the guts to go with live plants! But I seem to kill the stupid little java moss ball I got so... :) I'm going to stick with just fish. If you can handle plants though, it's a great idea! Go for it!
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:16 AM   #9 
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You will see the plant in my picture - i know it sounds weird but i used them in my old tropical 3 foot aquarium and i never had a problem. they grow prolifically in the garden and thrive when submersed in water and have never caused harm to any fish. in fact i have seen them for sale in certain stores. I have no idea what they are called though!!!!!!
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