Also remember if you buy live plants, make sure it doesn't have any hitchhikers,
like pond snails, even fish! Pull out the rotting, yellowy leaves :)
then rise with lukewarm tap water, or if you wish to be safe,
quarintine them in untreated water for 2 weeks or 3.
So you won't have any ich or other parasites risk.
Easy plants to care for a java moss
and java fern
don't need much and don't need fertilizers or co2 stuff.
You can also get marimo moss balls
, I find those
highly entertaining to watch betta's roll it around.
If you want other plants like anunbias, amazon swords...
I suggest you go to your local petshop, write down the
names of the plants you are interested in and then go check on the
internet what they need. Remember each plant has
their own needs too-- low light, high light, co2, fertilizer,
soil, temperature---etc. So if you aren't a green thumb like me,
I recommend the plants above. Java moss is great and
there is great ideas that works well.
If you do not have much of a budget,
go to a dollar store and get some little jars, plant pots,
tea cups, coffee mugs and such, as a temporary
hidey hole place (What I did hehe), remember
decor should be safe for a betta's fins :) if
it can rip a panty hose, it's no good!
As for IAL
(indian almond leaves) that someone
recommended above, it's not really a live plant but an additive
you can put to help betta's relax and fight rot other
aliments or even prevent them, thing is they stain
your water brown, thus why people only use it for
medicinal purposes only.
If you want a more natural look you could buy
aquarium wood (red rootI think it was called) but
you have to boil it a few hours first so it wont
stain your water. (you can then combine it with java moss)
I'll leave you wish a few pictures with the plants
I recommended, decor, and low budget but nice simple tanks :)
LOW BUDGET SIMPLISTIC TANKS:
EASY RECOMMENDED PLANTS:
here you have java moss made to cover the side of an aquarium, java moss wall :D very easy to make here is a link: http://www.aquamoss.net/How%20to%20c...oss%20wall.htm
Regular java moss:
this is how I baffled my waterfall filter in my axolotl tank. I used a sponge, tied with a fishing line because it won't rot or rust. You can also see a floating fake lotus with some java moss tied onto the stem. My shrimp love it lol.
It's a temporary setup-- I want to give it a theme but i'm not sure which :) each item (except filter, sand ,tank and light) cost me around 50-80cents each. The coffee cup is a temporary thing too, I want to get another cave there.