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Old Yesterday, 09:43 PM   #1 
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Question Too Many Plants?

Hey all!

I'm afraid to say I'm pretty new to betta keeping, so if this is a newbie question, I apologize.

I just got a little double-tail male about three weeks ago, and I've been experimenting with the setup in his tank. I was worried at first that I had too many plants in there, but when I took one out last week, he got so stressed out that stripes appeared (stress stripes, I think?) and he refused to eat.

When I put it back in, he was completely happy again, and even started building a bubble nest around the replaced plant. It was the only thing that had changed in the tank, so I assume he must just like a busy tank.

However, with the addition of a new "moon rock" cave, I'm again concerned that it may be too crowded in his little 2 gallon tank.

Below is an image of his tank setup at the moment.

What do you think? Is it possible to have a tank too crowded? Does he need more room to stretch?

He doesn't seem stressed or anything with this set up, but I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't cause problems for him!
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Old Yesterday, 09:56 PM   #2 
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you can never have too many plants IMO. Bettas like lots of cover. I think it looks like betta heaven too me. =)
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Old Yesterday, 10:29 PM   #3 
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+1. you can never have too many plants.

Glad to see they are silk plants as well :)
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Old Yesterday, 10:33 PM   #4 
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yes your tank is prefect! I try to change it around every few weeks and maybe change out the hide thing if you can? But it looks good I bet he's one happy fish!!
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You don't have to change the decor around. Personally, I maybe do it a few times a year?

i also have never switched the caves out because my fish love the ones that are in their tanks already.
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It's especially nice that you have leaves up near the surface for him to sleep on. They like hides and shade. You're doing fine.
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Old Today, 08:11 AM   #7 
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Well done. And no you can't have enough plants unless there is no more room to put them and then it's time for a bigger tank. Fish love good cover and hides.
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If you like the plant cover a lot, consider some real swords, hygro compacta, java fern, and anubias. These are all stupid easy to take care of *and have the added benefit of cleaning your water* - I have tanks with real plants that easily have this many in it. Bettas love the cover.
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