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Old 10-03-2011, 01:27 AM   #21 
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:30 AM   #22 
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I was told hiding spots were plenty though >< there's 5 hiding spots and three plants. But to me it looks bear :) Spartan has the other fake plants...
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:45 AM   #23 
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With a sorority you need to have so much plants and decor that you can't always find the fish. Otherwise they will get stressed, stripped and lose color, kind of how they look in your photos :(
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:46 AM   #24 
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Yeah, There are quite a few hiding spots, but they could easily chase one another into the caves and such.
Try adding silky plants (they tend to spread more than plastic ones).
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:53 AM   #25 
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Yeah you definitely need more cover in your sorority.

I have mine so that when I look in from the top, I can barely see the substrate. If you're comfortable with using live plants, I find it a cheaper and easier way to fill up my sororities. Plus if your plants grow well enough, you can always sell the trimmings.

Out of all my bettas only one or two will regularly use hiding places such as terracotta pots and PVC tunnels. I've found cover, particularly that offered by floating plants, to be much more important than lower level hiding places.

Because your females are in constant visual contact with each other, the more submissive ones are going to try and make themselves as unappealing target as possible. This is why some of them are that dull brown colour.
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:35 PM   #26 
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Hmm... Well the four girls get along. O_o however they are siblings... When Madame was spawning, all of them were super vibrant (fins) and gaining some color in their fins.
I have floating plant in there that's super fast growing >< I'll take some of it in sections and can attach it to the bottom, walls etc :) plus I really want Madame to be moved! D: I know she killed my snail, and pretty sure she played a part in one of my other fish's death >.> she's become more mean since I've gotten her. I just have to figure out where to put her...

What are some good tall (live) plants for a 20 gallon?
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:31 PM   #27 
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Java Fern, Amazon Swords, Wisteria, and Water Sprite are really easy to take care of. They grow pretty fast and the Ferns and Wisteria grow pretty tall.
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:29 PM   #28 
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For a sorority you want the fastest growing plants you can get.

In my tanks I've found Water Sprite, Wisteria, Hornwort (it does drop its leaves just to spite you lol) Guppy Grass and Ambulia to all be easy-care, fast growing plants.

Plus Water Sprite, Wisteria and Ambulia can all send off emersed growth once they reach the surface so the roots provide somewhere for your bettas to shelter. Frogbit or Dwarf Water Lettuce are also good as they both have long roots that can offer protection to the lower ranking females when they go up to breathe.
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:32 PM   #29 
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I've had problems with horwort... It decided to die over the weekend and all that nastiness and bad bacteria killed my little DT boy ;^;
Those little pine leaves were EVERYWHERE, all the time! D:
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:36 PM   #30 
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I have it in a couple of my lower temp, lower tech tanks.

The best it did was in my non-heated, non-fertilised, non-anything blackworm holding tank.

It died in a tank I had set-up for an imported pair and I was sucking/netting needles out for hours.

However, I love the look of it, so now I always try it out in tanks using a breeder's net. That way I don't have to fish out every single piece.
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