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Old 10-10-2011, 09:30 PM   #1 
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Put plants from main tank in QT tank?

Right now my betta is in a small QT tank recovering from what looks like a serious case of SBD. He's always been a bit of a shy boy who loved to hide. Now he's in a barren empty tank and is constantly exposed.

I know stress can be a factor in a fish's health, but I know I was told to keep a pretty empty qt tank. But would it be fine if I moved a plant he could hide in into his qt?
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:32 PM   #2 
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I like to put a silk plant or two in my QT. tanks.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:35 PM   #3 
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I have nothing but live plants, would the epsom salt/oak leaves possibly hurt the life of the plant?
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:36 PM   #4 
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Oak leaves won't, but salt yes.

Plants are sensitive to salt, so you might just end up killing them I believe.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:41 PM   #5 
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Okay, so no go with the live plants. If I can get to the petstore I'll pick up a silk plant for him to hide in while he's sick. Until then, will covering the sides of the tank help?
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:43 PM   #6 
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Yes putting a cloth over his QT tank and making it dark would calm him better. :] He'll think it's night time and go to sleep I suppose.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:54 PM   #7 
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Awesome, I'll definitely do that, thanks.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:05 PM   #8 
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Live plants don't go well with any salt treatments for Bettas.

I don't have any silk/plastic plants either, so I use a mug as a cave, a small hour glass which he loves to watch and an IAL rested ontop of both items to create a bridge. Inaddition to the heater and thermometer he has plenty of room in the 1g to rest and hide. Whilst treatment doesn't negatively affect anything.

It's not necessary to go out and decorate your QT tank, DIY is always a cheap and easily alternative :)
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:25 PM   #9 
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True. I just figured I'd get something small for him to hide in. Since he's having so much trouble swimming his water is only a few inches deep in his 1 gallon QT tank, and since I have it sitting in the main tank (to keep it heated, my only heater is too big) I was afraid of anything heavy that could be knocked onto him if something were to move the wrong way!
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:43 PM   #10 
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One question--I've been using oak leaves instead of indian almond leaves(but I plan to get some), but are they also safe to leave in the tank with the betta? I wasn't sure if while decomposing they might be any different than the IAL, so I had just been premixing the water and leaving the leaves out of his QT tank. If they are safe, I can totally use those to help him hide!
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