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Old 06-09-2013, 12:58 PM   #1 
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Decorating 10 gallon tank!!

After realizing my bettas fins were getting torn from the plastic plants, I took them out and now need to buy some silk plants. Anyone have a good place to buy them? I want to buy maybe around 7 or more plants for a low-ish price but not lose the good quality. Also, I want it to look pretty natural, so I am looking for green plants. I found this website (www.petsolutions.com) and have been looking around at their silk plants. These are the plants I am looking at, anyone have experience with any of these? Do they fall apart or fade?
http://www.petsolutions.com/C/Aquari...-W-Flower.aspx
http://www.petsolutions.com/C/Aquari...rophillia.aspx
http://www.petsolutions.com/C/Aquari...rn-W-Buds.aspx
http://www.petsolutions.com/C/Aquari...zon-Sword.aspx
http://www.petsolutions.com/C/Aquari...pus-Sword.aspx
http://www.petsolutions.com/C/Aquari...k-Ammania.aspx
http://www.petsolutions.com/C/Aquari...mis-Xl-12.aspx

I wouldn't mind getting a few live plants as well, as long as they are easy to care for! Suggestions are welcome :) I am not too good at decorating, so you guys can give me some ideas on how to decorate the tank!

I also have a red rock with a hole through the middle, it can stay in the tank, or I can take it out.
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I can help with the live plants. Do you have flourescent daylight lighting the k should read around 6,500 (look on the bulb it should say it).
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:27 PM   #3 
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It says 15 watts, doesn't say the k number though.
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Well I would start out with some of the following
Anubius
Java fern
Java moss
Salvinia minima.
If you start to notice the plants not doing well you may need to replace the lights.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:13 PM   #5 
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+1 and add Cabomba.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:39 PM   #6 
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I don't know about cabomba I've always had trouble keeping it.
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:53 PM   #7 
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If they start to die, will that affect my fish? And how long should I leave the lights on for? Can I still use gravel as a substrate?

I have had the salvinia minima before I think, if it is normally called duckweed. I don't really like it because it spreads sooo fast and is hard to clean up.

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Not much as long as the tanks bacteria is established. I would start at 12 hours. Salvinia is bigger than duckweed and isn't annoying like duckweed. And yes gravel is fine.
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Oh, ok! So I heard that if I put the java fern into the gravel that the roots rot, is that true? Also, where would I find these plants? I don't know if I have seen the salvinia anywhere.

I actually have a java fern plant, I took it out though because a couple leaves were dying. I also have small marimo moss balls, can I put those in too?
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You have to make sure not to bury the rhyzome. Its the part between the roots and leaves. The do best tied to driftwood or rocks. Some you can find at local pet stores. You can find them all online. There's probably some in the classified section. Marimo balls are also good in low light just make sure to turn them every now and then.
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