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Old 12-12-2012, 08:18 AM   #11 
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Fine gravel, sand, regular gravel, soil with a sand cap, most plants do fine with Any substrait. Just remember anubias and java ferns have to be attached to rock or driftwood (or some other kind of hard decoration)
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Fine gravel, sand, regular gravel, soil with a sand cap, most plants do fine with Any substrait. Just remember anubias and java ferns have to be attached to rock or driftwood (or some other kind of hard decoration)
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Anuibus and Java fern can be rooted as long as the rhizome is not buried.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:11 PM   #14 
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Ok thank you!
How do you attach the plant?
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:12 PM   #15 
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I put my amazon sword in a small jar and have some spare gravel in it as my tank is bare bottom still.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:08 PM   #16 
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You attach it with either thread or fishing line, just tie it to it, the roots will eventually grab hold
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:28 PM   #17 
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Remember you can root them in substrate as long as the Rhozomes not Buried. Anaibus is used in Pauldriumums because it flowers.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:22 PM   #18 
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Another option for a 20 gallon is water sprite (which can do very well and well eventually arch when it grows to the top creating a nice spot for the betta to make nests if male.

Water Wisteria is another really good one if you don't mind trimming it back every once in a while. Honestly I wouldn't do duckweed. It's going to become a nuisance eventually. Smaller species of Anubias work but check the species before you buy so you don't end up with something that outgrows your tank. If you have a decent light there are certain Ludwegia species such as Ludwegia Repens that might be decent but they require good light (not just some incandescent set up).
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I have read Water Sprite can take over a whole tank.
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I have read Water Sprite can take over a whole tank.
It can get quite large yes with the right conditions. Course mine got the benefit of a plant oriented tank and fert doses. However it's very much worth it for what it does for your water and in my experience Betta like it for building bubble nests on. It just means every once in a while you are going to have to remove entire stems to keep it manageable.
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