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Old 04-14-2016, 03:22 PM   #1 
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Change Of Plants - Advice Please

Hey guys!

So, as most of you know I've been having troubles with my Amazon Sword and Val so I recently got the Finnex Stingray to see if that would help, but only time will tell. A new leaf popped up on the amazon sword so I'm happy about that...

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I have a large silk plant in the back, that my fish does love to hide behind, but it's got to go. It's hogging up way too much of the light from the real plants and I think is part of the reason they are dying, so I'm going to take it out and replace it with real plants (I'm getting a plant package put together for low/mid light plants).

I need advice on how to make this "transition" easy for him and not stressful.

I know it's a big part of his tank that is being changed, but I know once the live plants are in, he will love it. I'm going to try to make it tall and bushy back there again in replace of the fake plant...

But I know he will notice and be mad, so I guess I'm just looking to see any tips/advice on making this less stressful for him as possible. Thank you.
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Old 04-14-2016, 05:30 PM   #2 
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He won't be mad; Betta don't get mad.

This Saturday, April 16, is the www.aquabid.com SNE. It is a series of one-hour auctions with great buys on plants and other things. From 7:00pm EDT until ???. Go to the left side of the homepage and click on "One-Hour Auctions."

You might even PM member JDAquatics (who participates) and let him know the plants you want and he might list them for you. Both he and nofishtoday (www.bamaplants.com) will have lots of sales. They both also offer flat rate shipping no matter how many plants you buy.

My favorite live food seller, Fishguy_1955 will have a few auctions and Buy It Now on early.

I think your boy will love the change as Betta are such curious critters.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:22 PM   #3 
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He won't be mad; Betta don't get mad.

This Saturday, April 16, is the www.aquabid.com SNE. It is a series of one-hour auctions with great buys on plants and other things. From 7:00pm EDT until ???. Go to the left side of the homepage and click on "One-Hour Auctions."

You might even PM member JDAquatics (who participates) and let him know the plants you want and he might list them for you. Both he and nofishtoday (www.bamaplants.com) will have lots of sales. They both also offer flat rate shipping no matter how many plants you buy.

My favorite live food seller, Fishguy_1955 will have a few auctions and Buy It Now on early.

I think your boy will love the change as Betta are such curious critters.
Thank you so much for this! Good to know, I will for sure have to check this out. :)

My tank has just recently cycled, do you think taking out/adding things is going to affect this at all? I'd hate for it to crash.
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You shouldn't have any problems at all.

Are you using both general fertilizer tabs and Iron tabs? Swords need both something I was advised by Bama Plants.

JDAquatics has Red Flame Swords which stay small. Eventually the Amazon will outgrow the tank unless you keep cutting it back. Another small Sword is the Pinwheel.

Can't recall how many gallons you have but I have my best luck with:

Red Flame Swords
Pinwheel Swords
Any of the Cryptocoryne (C. Pygmaea makes a great foreground plant)
Ambulia
Anubias
Banana Plants
Java Fern
Subwassertang
Guppy Grass (Najas indica)
Narrow Leaf Anacharis
Ceratophyllum submersum (Soft Hornwort)

I have semi-hard water and pH between 7.8-8.2. I use Seachem Comprehensive, root and Iron tabs.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:05 AM   #5 
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You shouldn't have any problems at all.

Are you using both general fertilizer tabs and Iron tabs? Swords need both something I was advised by Bama Plants.

JDAquatics has Red Flame Swords which stay small. Eventually the Amazon will outgrow the tank unless you keep cutting it back. Another small Sword is the Pinwheel.

Can't recall how many gallons you have but I have my best luck with:

Red Flame Swords
Pinwheel Swords
Any of the Cryptocoryne (C. Pygmaea makes a great foreground plant)
Ambulia
Anubias
Banana Plants
Java Fern
Subwassertang
Guppy Grass (Najas indica)
Narrow Leaf Anacharis
Ceratophyllum submersum (Soft Hornwort)

I have semi-hard water and pH between 7.8-8.2. I use Seachem Comprehensive, root and Iron tabs.
Thank you so much!! I am currently not using any Iron tabs because my Seachem Flourish root tabs have iron in them, but not enough Im assuming... how far apart would you recommend placing the regular root tabs and iron tabs from each other in the substrate? I have been using liquid fert as well.

I have a 5 gallon, great list of plants!! Thank you so much. I'm excited. haha
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It wouldn't let me edit my above post, but I was also going to ask if I have to drain the tank to add the plants or if I could just do it all with the fish in?
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Fish in. I don't measure where I put the tabs. I do try to get them under where I am going to plant the heaviest feeders or between two of them.
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If you want to keep the silk plant as you are transitioning to all real plants, you could make it shorter. I did this with one of my silk plants that was taller than my water level. You can pull a stem out of the base, cut an inch or two off of the bottom of the stem, and stick it back into the base.
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