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Old 05-19-2010, 12:41 PM   #11 
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Well, one way of combating algae is to put in fast growing plants, they'll suck up the nutrients that the algae would normally use. Try buying a small bunch of hornsworth or whatever it is and leave it at the top of the tank, floating around.
A) it'll block some light from the sand, so less light for the algae to use
B) create a nice shadow for the betta to feel secure
C) suck out some CO2 that the algae is using up also.

Just trim it if it gets too invasive, and throw it out or put it in another tank.
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:03 PM   #12 
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Ahhh that's why my bettas have been swimming and hanging around in my floating ancharis, I might take a trip to my LFS tomorrow and take a look at the plants..... probably fish :p

What about the plants that have been contaminated with fin rot can I still use these? lol
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:07 PM   #13 
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Live plants should be fine, fake plants give them a cleaning in diluted bleach water, rinse well and be sure and use dechlorinator when you place them in the tank
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:10 PM   #14 
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They are live, i've had them soaking in a bucket with Tetra General Tonic for about a week. I just wanted to be sure before I put them in the tank.

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Old 05-19-2010, 01:46 PM   #15 
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I dunno about the diseases. Never had to deal with any so far (knock on wood).
The betta is in the same family as Gouramis, and they like to be under something floating. Been toying with the idea of putting some sort of lilly pad or something.
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:11 PM   #16 
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Yeah the only reason I have had to deal with fin rot is because I bought the fish that way, I didn't even know =( well I have just re-planted my ancharis and they are starting to trail across the surface, Im shocked with how fast the plants are growing and thanks to plantamin are looking a nice shade of green =) Can you put lily pads in an aquarium? I've seen foam lily pads but never a real one
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:31 PM   #17 
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I dunno! I've seen it, but the top was open. I went to Thailand and Hong Kong during xmas and new years, and saw lots of gorgeous tanks that had stuff like that. I've never seen lilly pads here. But since my tanks are covered, no point cause I'll never see the flower.
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:37 PM   #18 
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I get the tiger lily bulbs from walmart of all places...they come in a package of 4-5 for less than $4....I drop them in the tank, you don't want to bury them and usually half will sprout and from that 1 will grow and, from that I will cut the lily and roots away from the bulb and plant the roots in the substrate and a new lily will grow from that bulb.
I still have some that are going on 8 years old and still growing great...
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:37 PM   #19 
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Your going to need to show us pics now OFL :P

I've seen lilypads around here but only in a small pond not far from my house lol. You could turn it upside down haha or lower your water levels.

I want a lilypad now, you've put the idea in my head lol.
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I couldn't find the pic of the tiger lily but here is a pic of the top of one of the green lily, it is about the size of the palm of a hand
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