Java moss is especially good for any container you keep a betta in. It doesn't need much light and is a magical plant in my opinion.... in so many ways. Algae can do a good job of smothering it though.... I threw out a lot of my moss because it was in a tank that got a bad algae problem, and now it's impossible to find more to replace it.
Here is a test a few people did, which makes me wish ALL bettas sold in pet stores came with a small glob of java moss in each cup. So many more bettas would probably have just a slightly better chance at sticking out some of the bad conditions until someone takes them home and gets them out of their little torture chamber.
(Again I stress it doesn't replace the NEED
to do proper water changes.... but it's magical imo.)
O.K.! Now that you all know I belong to the Java Moss Fan Club..... LOL
Java fern I am not so sure about yet. I am getting new growth on my ferns both free floating and tied to driftwood. I do
have brown spots on my leaves. I don't know if that is being caused by the bugs or if it is my lack of knowledge on how to keep it healthy. It's a new plant to me. The plants I have tied to driftwood are doing slightly better then my free floating pieces. The java fern I got was one of those plant tubes in the pet store. It was a mass of baby plant rhizomes tied tightly with black thread. I removed the thread carefully and got 16 plants out of 1.
If you get java fern in a tube, check for thread. If it is there you might want to take it off. Be really careful doing so though. The way they tied my plants pretty much left no room for any of the new growth to come up out of the thread glob. It also seemed like it was tied too tightly, making it a delicate surgical procedure to remove the thread! LOL !
I love your baby's planted tank aokashi! Would you share what kind of plants you have in there and what kind of light you are using?
I was thinking about getting one of those tanks but I figured the babies grow so fast and then what would I do with it?
Seeing yours makes me want to try to make a better home for my few common pond snails I wish were trumpet snails because people say the snails I have are bad. I'm attached to them though.
Note: Keep in mind I still believe in housing adult bettas in at LEAST 1 gallon containers long term... Hopefully 2 gallons to 5 gallons..... Just saying...