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Old 02-04-2011, 09:11 PM   #1 
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Question live plants?

So i just got my boy a 5 gallon home[=
and i see that alot of you have live plants..
and i have never had a tank before, so idk what plants to buy or anything.
So what plants do you guys reccomend?[=
I see these things all the time called 'betta bulbs"
what are those?
If i were to get live plants i read on here that they may rot?
i wouldnt have a clue how to tell ahah
Is there any special care they need once in your tank?
Sinse Betta's obviously dont like other fish very much..
i saw these cute little frogs.. would those be okay?
Thank you for any feedback!
and thank goodness for this site<3

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Old 02-04-2011, 09:17 PM   #2 
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I've had my betta bulbs for a while now and they still haven't grown. >:C

So I wouldn't suggest them. They're rooting but they take foooooreeeeverrrr.

Currently I have a Bocopa and a Frill. I love them but they're not usually used in betta tanks from what I've seen here. I've seen a lot of people with java ferns. (Which I just got and need to plant right now)

Personally I love the look of plants with one decoration for color. C:
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:32 PM   #3 
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I like how they look also, i just dont know anything about them=/
what are betta bulbs supposed to do?
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:57 PM   #4 
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So far mine have been pretty simple. Just put them in gravel and they're keeping all my chemical levels really low. :) Looks nice and is effective.

Definitely just check out your local pet store. See what they have. If you're like me and you really really enjoy decorating figure out a design first. :D
I'm happy to help with designs. Honestly I wish I could just go shopping with someone for their tank and suggest how to decorate it. I've had so much fun with mine.
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:09 PM   #5 
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I bought 6 betta bulbs about a month ago, and none of them have bloomed...I'd send them, but I misplaced the receipt somewhere while I moved back.

If they do grow though, they're supposed to be pretty great fast growing plants.

If you're talking about ADFs, they'll be fine in a 5 gallon tank with your betta.
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:49 PM   #6 
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yeah! thats one of the best parts of having them[=
and if u were to buy other palnts already grown, are they hard to manage?[=
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:56 PM   #7 
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Mine have been fine so far. No upkeep at all. I just leave on my hood light part of the night and everything seems healthy and ok so far.
Heck I'm keeping bocopa in my little .8gal desk 'tank' and it's growing fine. Though I just took out one of my lights from my big tank and put in for the plant and to see my fish better.

Just make sure they have light. And if they seem to be having issues get some plant food. Think that's all you really have to look out for. Just like normal plants. :)
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:26 PM   #8 
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hmm ok sounds good[=
also lion mom on here was once telling me of these floating plants?
do you by any chance know the names?[=
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:55 PM   #9 
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Unless you want to make a small ecosystem, IMO basically any plant is good. Their main job is to use up the ammonia and release oxygen. Study the lighting needs - some need more light than others.

The most popular floating plant in this forum (I think) is the frogbit. look up www.liveaquaria.com or just google aquatic plants (at least for their names and what they look like)


I mainly use stem plants - anacharis and cabomba, easy to handle low light plants. Occasionally I use other plants. But since I don't use extra lighting, they eventually die.
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Most Bettas really dig Anubias on bogwood, they like to rest on and under the big leaves. Anubias does really well in low lighting, so maybe avoid this plant if you have more than 2 wpg.
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