Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Planted Betta Tanks
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-18-2012, 08:41 PM   #1 
eldiablo2us
New Member
 
eldiablo2us's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
did i over plant my 5 gallon tank

Hi everyone, I've been visiting this site for a while and after ready about them I finally decided to take the jump and make my 5G. An Not. Inside the tank is my betta and 2 snails and 4 ghost shrimp. I forgot which plants even though I bought them today. My question is did I over plant it. Also some if the plants are too tall but I don't know how to trim them. So any help with by hat is appreciated. I attached a before picture and then some pictures of the current set up.
Attached Images
     
eldiablo2us is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 09:12 PM   #2 
Friendlyfishies
Member
 
Friendlyfishies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Maine
Looks good to me! I just had an outgrowth of hornwort...started off in the corner of the tank as a bunch looking real pretty, then poof before I knew it it had taken over one whole side within 2 months, I cut it down from about 2' to 6" (hopefully thats what your suposed to do?) and replanted it. Hopefully it regrows in the same manner as previous and I can just keep cutting it down :)
Friendlyfishies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 09:21 PM   #3 
Geomancer
Member
 
Geomancer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Boston, MA
The only way to 'over plant' is to have so many there is no room for the fish to swim around, or reach the surface for air.

However, it looks like you have an Amazon Sword (or similar Echinodorus species) which will overgrow that tank all by itself. They get pretty large. If that's what the one in front of the rock is anyways, hard to tell in the picture.

With stem plants, you just pull up the plant, cut the stem, and replant the top. That's all there is to it. It will grow new roots at the lowest 'node'. You can just cut the tops off, which will make the plants 'bushy' if you want, where you cut the stem the top node will send off two shoots. You may not want that in a small tank though, so just cut the bottom section off and replant the tops.
Geomancer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 09:26 PM   #4 
eldiablo2us
New Member
 
eldiablo2us's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
thats for our reply, that is a sword plant... should i remove it ? i dont want it to over grow the tank. Ok just to clarify, lets say if i cut a stem plant in the middle then replant it, it will not only not kill the plant but it will regrow the top part that i cut? thanks guys this was fun setting up this tank...
eldiablo2us is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 10:43 PM   #5 
babystarz
Member
 
babystarz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Quote:
Originally Posted by eldiablo2us View Post
thats for our reply, that is a sword plant... should i remove it ? i dont want it to over grow the tank. Ok just to clarify, lets say if i cut a stem plant in the middle then replant it, it will not only not kill the plant but it will regrow the top part that i cut? thanks guys this was fun setting up this tank...
If I were you I would keep it right where it is for now, and when it gets too big, sell or trade it to someone else who has a bigger tank. You'll be able to recoup the cost of the plant at least then :) You can do the same thing with clippings from your stem plants.
babystarz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 11:05 PM   #6 
carbonxxkidd
Member
 
carbonxxkidd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
Wow! I love your tank. How long did it take for that growth??

I just bought approximately 15 plants online for my 29g...I'm scared I bought too many now, lol.
carbonxxkidd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 11:12 PM   #7 
DiiQue
Member
 
DiiQue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Third Planet From The Sun
Like the others have said, looks good to me! =)
DiiQue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 11:15 PM   #8 
eldiablo2us
New Member
 
eldiablo2us's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by carbonxxkidd View Post
Wow! I love your tank. How long did it take for that growth??

I just bought approximately 15 plants online for my 29g...I'm scared I bought too many now, lol.
I just put this tank together today. So I can't take any credit for the growth. Do you guys thin i can add more ghost shrimp? I don't want to over populate.

I had the same fear after I got home with my plants.
eldiablo2us is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 11:28 PM   #9 
carbonxxkidd
Member
 
carbonxxkidd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
Quote:
Originally Posted by eldiablo2us View Post
I just put this tank together today. So I can't take any credit for the growth. Do you guys thin i can add more ghost shrimp? I don't want to over populate.

I had the same fear after I got home with my plants.
Oh, from the looks of the picture the first one almost looks like a "before growth" pic! I think it looks fantastic.

From what I've read, ghost shrimp don't have much of a bioload. You could probably add a few more with no problems.
carbonxxkidd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 11:29 PM   #10 
twolovers101
Member
 
twolovers101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Texas
I read that you can keep your sword small by trimming the roots every so often, it apparently encourages the plant to stay small and have more leaves... not sure if that's true or not though...
twolovers101 is offline   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
10 Gallon tank and wanting to plant... Mashiro Planted Betta Tanks 56 12-24-2012 04:49 PM
New Here.. 5 gallon tank with plant question sperham40836 Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 5 02-28-2010 02:04 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:00 PM.


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