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Old 11-14-2011, 09:44 PM   #1 
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plants in a 3 gallon

i was wondering what you guy's opinion was. do you think having a 3 gallon kinda crowded with plants could lead to a bit of damage to a half-moons fins? like bits of fraying in some parts.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:46 PM   #2 
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Not if they're silk or live plants. Plastic plants are not a good idea.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:50 PM   #3 
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i do have plastic plants. should i take some out? because i dont want to have overcrowding in my tank. i dont want to dmg his fins at all :(
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:58 PM   #4 
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He needs some plants. Maybe just one or two until you can get something better. Here's a test you can do. If it snags a pair of panty hose, it will tear his fins. If you don't have that available, squeeze the plant gently. If it hurts you by poking you, it will tear his fins. Good luck. =)
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okay, i will definatly do that. i mean my girls are perfectly fine..but the boys i kept in there, idk..its like they snagged their fins..and i dont want that to happen :( but thank you for the advice sweeda
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:10 PM   #6 
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You're welcome. =)
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:33 PM   #7 
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Keep in mind that most silk plants have some plastic parts. I found this out the hard way when my supposedly safe "silk" plants nearly killed the red/pink fish you can see in my siggy. His fins were nearly gone before I realized what was going on, and then his suffered from severe fin rot. Unless it is a real plant, your best bet is to always check it for sharp/jagged bits that might snag your fish's fins.

Of course now the red fish is a tail biter... Apparently he liked having shorter fins!
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:55 AM   #8 
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I would always go for live plants - no harm can come from sharp bits! :) Anacharis, moss balls, java moss, anubias, ambulia, java fern and lacefern are all good starting points. :) Alternatively, if you have a facebook, search Acumen Aquatics. Those silk plants are designed especially with bettas in mind and are brilliant (I have three, plus 3 bits of decorations from them.)
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:14 AM   #9 
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+1. Live plants rule! However, I do understand that not everyone wants to have them. I am 100% converted. I can't ever go back to fake plants!
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:47 AM   #10 
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I've never used fake ones to be honest :P I have nothing against them, I just enjoy the lushness of real plants :3 although they can be messy and fall apart sometimes :P
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