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Old 10-23-2011, 06:55 PM   #1 
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Lightbulb Should I remove this plant?

I just got my betta fish two days ago, they gave me a plant but its dying, all the leafs are getting yellow and falling off. Should I remove it?
I'm pretty sure it will be dead in a couple of days.

If I remove it can I put two straws in the bowl leaning against the side in the meantime so it doesn't get bored? Or are they dangerous for the betta?

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Old 10-23-2011, 07:20 PM   #2 
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I don't know about the straws, but yes, you should remove the plant if it is melting. It will only pollute the water. Do you know what type of plant it is? Do you want to try live plants, or are you going to replace it with a fake plant?
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:29 PM   #3 
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I have no idea what type of plant it is, he just gave it to me since he thinks the betta would rest on the big leaves.

I would go with a silk plant but I can't find any at my local store.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:32 PM   #4 
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Could you get a picture of the plant? It sounds like it might be anubias, but it could also be an Amazon sword, which are easier to kill if you don't have the right lighting. If it is anubias, you might have some die-off of leaves, but it could still come back.

If you decide to go with plants there are a ton of topics that can help you get in the right direction, and feel free to ask any questions.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:40 PM   #5 
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You can see it slightly in my profile picture.

I'll change my siggy for a top view.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:48 PM   #6 
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There you go. Its in better condition here. (Tooken two days ago when I got my betta)


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Old 10-23-2011, 07:59 PM   #7 
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I think it might be this plant. It was copied from another topic that was authored by PewPewPew.

Hygrophila (general):

Bio
: A handsome stem plant with sword-like leaves, compliments any tank in almost any location within it. Stemmed trimmings can be planted back into the gravel/sand and grown.


Ideal Temp:
68- (best from)75-82’


Substrate/Rooting?:
Can bury in the substrate, *fine gravel or sand is best.


Ideal Spot in Tank/Light:
Likes light, but can live in low light situations. Grows fast, so will need constant trimming to be kept short/in the front.


Fertilization
: Root tabs or liquid fertilizers.


Special:
It is highly possible the plant will lose its leaves when introduced to the tank for a good while. Allow the leaves to regrow and it will be fine.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:00 PM   #8 
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So don't remove it. It sounds like it is normal for this plant. Simply remove the dead and yellowing leaves.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:03 PM   #9 
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Thanks for your help :D
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:05 PM   #10 
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Good luck! Plants can be tricky but are well worth it if you can get them to grow. :)
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