Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-10-2012, 09:51 PM   #1 
BettaBuddy123
New Member
 
BettaBuddy123's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Plants: Live vs Silk?

Hi there folks!

I've been having a heck of a time keeping my live plants from dying off on me. One rotted away and made a real mess of my tank. The other (not sure what it is) seems to be doing okay, though every so often I have to pick off a brown leaf.

My question though, is given the fact that I don't have much of a green thumb, would it be worth it to switch to silk plants so they don't bother my water levels? I imagine my fish would prefer the live to the silk, but would there be a good reason not to switch, especially if I forsee another plant death in the future?

Tanks!
BettaBuddy123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2012, 10:09 PM   #2 
Kenny G
Member
 
Kenny G's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: NYC
I prefer to use fake plants over real ones. They look great and are soft. Plus as you stated it doesn't affect my water levels. It makes my 2 tanks easier to clean. At the end of the day you have to do what's best for you and decide whats going to make your life easier.
Kenny G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2012, 10:29 PM   #3 
MrVampire181
Member
 
MrVampire181's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Colorado
I prefer plastic, provided its soft.

Plastic = cheaper and more easily available.

Silk = more expensive and less chance of fin damage on heavy finned males.
MrVampire181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2012, 04:11 AM   #4 
Chibi
New Member
 
Chibi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Texas
I actually have all three in my tank, 2 silk and 2 plastic and growing a live plant(idk what it is xD). My betta seems to enjoy all three of them. It really comes down to what you want in your tank. Good luck deciding!
Chibi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2012, 11:11 AM   #5 
ao
TFK Moderator
 
ao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
Live plants are great :O it's like a living growing fish poison removal. as long as you have the correct plants for your lighting situation. If you don't have any lights, well... I guess silk :D
ao is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2012, 11:23 AM   #6 
Aus
Member
 
Aus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Australia!
^ +1

Plants need sunlight (real or artificial) to live. If my tank didn't have light, I'd go for silk.
Aus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2012, 11:55 AM   #7 
Shadyr
Member
 
Shadyr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Georgia
I think the live plants really help with my water - the live tanks are also much prettier, I think. However, I have found some unwelcome guests will try to come in with/on the plants, so make sure to quarantine them too!

I discovered tiny worms in one tank, and I think I got some bonus actual mystery snails, or at least their origin is a mystery. No idea what kind of snails they really are.

*tosses Coppersafe in Chicory's tank to nuke the last of the nematodes*
Shadyr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2012, 12:04 PM   #8 
misty1477
Member
 
misty1477's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Dallas, PA
I have silk fern-like plants in Sparkle's tank. They look real nice + they are soft/flowing + no worries about fins being ripped + tank keeps clean (nothing dying in it) + Sparkle loves to rest/sleep in them. I believe silk is the best way to go especially if you don't have a 'green thumb' and/or don't have time to deal with live plants. NEVER use PLASTIC....toooooo rough on betta fins. Good Luck with your choice :)
misty1477 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2012, 01:09 PM   #9 
BettaBuddy123
New Member
 
BettaBuddy123's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Thanks so much guys! Sounds like I could go either way, then. I think I'll wait it out with these live ones and see if they make a comeback. (I would love to leave them in if I can). If not, however, I'll chock it up to being a better fish mom than plant mom, and swap to the silk. Thanks for easing my conscience on this one!
BettaBuddy123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2012, 01:18 PM   #10 
ao
TFK Moderator
 
ao's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: NYC
What plants do you have in right now? from your profile picture I think you have dracenea which is not a true aquatic plant, and should be removed immediately. you can pot those instead and have a pretty pot plant
ao is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Silk plants LuckyBlue Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 2 04-01-2012 05:18 AM
Silk Plants vs. Plastic Plants!! Hermitpaws Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 10 09-28-2010 12:07 AM
Silk or live Jwoz Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 0 06-17-2010 08:18 PM
Are they silk plants? puppyrjjkm Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 7 05-30-2010 04:15 PM
Silk Plants AlexXx Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 10 09-03-2009 08:00 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.