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Old 09-06-2012, 01:51 AM   #1 
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Question Philodendren roots

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My three fish died quite some time ago and I was told that if I wanted to stay in school I wasn't allowed to keep any more because they were taking up too much of my attention.

HOWEVER, a good friend of mine has a betta now and I'm going to try and build her a small, simple tank with pet store stem plants.

I was wondering however if I could add philodendren vines to the mix?
I mean the leaves wouldn't be submerged it'd just be the roots.

The reason I ask is because my mom, myself, and my family friends all grow our indoor philodendrens in jars or plastic bottles of water. They grow more slowly than those in a pot of soil but they do grow and their roots as well as their vines and leaves tend to be very impressive.

I was just wondering if you think the roots would be damaging to my friend's fish or not?
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:28 AM   #2 
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Nope, that is fine. I have a pothos in my 5 gallon right now to suck up ammonia and all that. As long as the roots don't crowd the betta and he cannot get any air. Other than that there is no down side, only positives.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:41 AM   #3 
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pothos are great :) philodendroms can be a little more sensitive. make your you try to root it in the water with a cutting rather than trying to clean out roots thats already been in soil :) Lucky bamboos are also a good choice.
I use my aquarium to propagate plants all the time
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:00 PM   #4 
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I have two pothos three peace lilies and three lucky bamboo spread out into my two tanks.
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