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Old 12-10-2009, 08:51 AM   #1 
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Question tank plants?

I have a question. What type of silk plant should I get and how much for my new almost-2g-tank? I don't want to overcrowd the tank...the tank is 8.5" tall. I've noticed a lot of silk plants tend to be taller than that.

I'm also guessing because of the small size that I can't add hiding spots, like tank ornaments. Or can I?

I'm new to having a tank this size.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:57 AM   #2 
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if its just for one betta ya u can add a small ornament, maybe something he can hide in or swim thru, itll keep him feeling safe and secure and entertained too.

they have short silk plants, or you can cut or pull some off.

do u have a light over it? and a filter? is it a cycled tank? then my suggestions is always get live plants
sword plants, or wisteria grow very easily and bettas just love them
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:17 AM   #3 
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I had to trim some of my silk plants to get them to fit.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:32 AM   #4 
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It is going to have a heater. It won't have a filter, but I plan on cleaning it at least every 3 days. One of my tanks might have a light, but I think I'm getting all of the same kind of tank (new tanks for all 3 bettas).
Should I still get a live plant? How do you clean them?
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:04 AM   #5 
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live plants will actually help clean the water..........and if u cycle the tanks you wont have to change the entire tanks water every week. you would change about 20% of the water

if u wont have a filter, id definately get a couple live plants in it
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Okay cool! I didn't know you could cycled small plants. How do you cycle them with fish in it?
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:27 AM   #7 
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plants help cycle it faster, id put 2-3 in myself...

do u have test kits? id just make sure u keep enough water changed so ammonia doesnt get high....then the fish will stay safer
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:37 AM   #8 
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OKay, but what is cycling and how do I do that?
So I should buy sword plants?
I don't have a test kit but i can get a cheap one when I get the tanks.

I'm so worried about over crowding the tank. For Scuito's tank i'm going to get a little tiki hut for him to hid in. But the tank is narrow (4.5" wide) so I'm afraid he'll get stuck...maybe I'm just a worry wort
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heres some good info on cycling..........
The Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle

if it has no filter, you really need live plants, he will love them too....and just make sure the opening in the tiki hut is wider than he is, he shoudnt get stuck then
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and most stores will test your water for free, but, that could mean alotta trips to the store
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