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Old 08-21-2011, 10:05 PM   #1 
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Tank Makeover!

Spoof is by far my favorite of my trio, and I only want the best for him. Its not that I dont love and want the best for my other two, its just....he's special. :)

Anyways, he lives in a dull 5 gallon tank with black gravel, a cave and a moss ball.

I would love for him to have a natural looking tank, with natural gravel, natural decorations and live plants.

The tank has no lights, so I would need plants that can survive in low light.

What plants can I keep in his tank? Any plant care tips are welcome! :)
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:15 AM   #2 
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Well you can try those betta bulbs. although sometimes they don't even grow. :/
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:38 AM   #3 
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Java fern, java moss and anubias would fare well. In combination with some silk plants that look natural, you'd have a good looking tank :)

Try these, they look really nice and very natural not only by themselves, but doubly so with plants (live):

http://www.petco.com/product/110468/...ium-Plant.aspx

http://www.petco.com/product/109221/...ium-Plant.aspx

http://www.petco.com/product/111885/...ium-Plant.aspx

I own these :)
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Anubias is by far my favourite aquatic plant. I love it, it looks so pretty!
You should definitely get it! LOL
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:05 PM   #5 
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I will look into getting Anubias! Thanks! How much do they usually cost?

How do you care for them? Ive never kept a live plant (well, if you count a moss ball as a plant) alive for very long.

I was thinking about adding some driftwood to my tank. Just a small pice. My lfs has some really nice driftwood. Or would the drift woukd make it too crowded?
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:44 PM   #6 
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As long as you got a small piece of driftwood I don't think it would look to crowded. I would get driftwood for my tank, but its crazy expensive around here for some reason :/
I have LED lights in my tank, so I don't know if its gonna be different for you, but I don't even do anything for my anubias and it grows beautifully on its own. I think I got mine for $5.00(?) from Big Als. You don't bury them, you can tie them to decor, like the driftwood, and the roots will grow onto the wood. I believe you can use fertilizer for them as well.

Pewpewpew made an amazing plant guide (its pretty much the aquatic plant bible LOL). http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=76428 It has lots of info on all sorts of different plants.
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:04 AM   #7 
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B'awww >/./>

If you have a petsmart around you, they come in the TopFin Tubes for anywhere from $5-8 (for the larger ones). As Kath said, theyre pretty easy :D

They can float, too- they look really nice that way. Great place for a sleepy betta. OR, take a rock, just...a rock (lol!) and tie the anubias to it with string and bury the ROCK and not the rhizome (hard root) and it'll be fine! :D

As for the wood, some LFS will cut the wood for you in-store! A few around here will. Ask if they will for you.

As a reminder: The wood often sold in the reptile/terrarium sections arent safe for fish tanks most of the time! Ask the LFS manager about them, if they seem knowledgeable. Good wood is hardwoods like mopani and Malaysian driftwoods!
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:46 AM   #8 
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PewPewPew is the Betta knowledge goddess around here! Reading on so many post by so many people, and she is definitely the one to include in any topic :)

I have Anubias - my fish guy told me it will need a light or at least sunlight. Thus far it doesn't appear to have degraded from the aquarium it was in, into my tank where it currently doesn't have a light or direct sunlight.

It's currently grown into a nice pice of driftwood, the diftwood has holes and what not, but I think they're too small for Victor at the moment. Either that or he doesn't like dark places hehe.

I will probably add a half ceramic pot soon for a larger cave. But one thing I've noticed is that I always catch him lazing about on it's leaves - guess its nice and comfy for him :D
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The lfs I was refering to was a Big Al's! My Petsmart doesn't carry much live plants and what plants they do carrry are half dead. But thank you!
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:41 AM   #10 
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For the driftwood, do I have to presoake it before adding it to the tank?

How many live plants could I add?

Another question, Ive heard that the less water changes the better for the plants...Is this true? And if so, should I lower my number of water changes?
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