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Old 03-05-2012, 05:46 PM   #1 
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Betta plant?

Hello fellow betta lovers, I am a new convert to the world of bettas and may have gotten in a little over my head. I was buying some accessories for my newly purchased betta and speaking with an sales associate at Petco when they mentioned betta's like having a plant that the eat and make bubbles on or something. So she said some are toxic to bettas, but she knew for sure that the "betta plant" was good to go. I took her advice and purchased this plant and when I came home and read the instrutions on the back of the card it said the leaves should be exposed to air?? I specifically told the woman that I had a top and a light on the aquarium he is in so I would not be able to have it totally out and she said that was fine and that is the plant people use for their bettas. I guess what Im asking is anyone familiar with "betta plants", possibly know what species this is or know if its going to die being mostly submerged in my tank. Sorry for the long post by Harold really likes his new plant so I would hate for it to die. If anyone has any suggestions for a replacement to this "betta plant" if it should die would also be appreciated. I should add I have river stones as a substrate so I would imagine that would affect the plant selection. Thanks again.. Bill Nye
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:08 PM   #2 
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Hmm sorry for the double post but I am not sure how to edit on this forum. I was looking through some pictures and the plant I have looks very similiar to Anubias barteri. ...edit Never mind just found the edit not sure how I didn't see it. I would also like to add that after adding this plant harold has been very angry with his own reflection. Before the plant he would look at himself alot but now he is flaring like crazy...what gives?

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:47 PM   #3 
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That woman, like many petshop employees, was spouting falsehoods (whether she was aware of it or not) in order to make a sale. Bettas are carnivores and will not eat plants unless they are absolutely starving, and even then it is just empty calories, in effect.

If it is an anubias species it can stay underwater no problem. Is it possible for you to post a photo so we can confirm? A lot of petshops sell semi-aquatic plants as aquatics, which all later rot underwater.

With a river-stone substrate, you are effectively limited to non-rooting plants. Anubias and java fern are both great, as they should be tied to rocks or driftwood rather than rooted in substrate. Java moss is also good, as are floating plants such as hornwort, duckweed and frogbit. :)

I'm not sure why a plant would make him more aware of his own reflection, but I would suggest covering the sides of the tank on the outside with cardboard to block reflections. :)
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:59 PM   #4 
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sry to steal your thread
what are the typical plants that are in the "betta plant" kits? I saw one that Petco that had plant blubs but didn't tell me what plants they are. Im going to stay away from them just because it maybe a wide variation of plant choices/I may end up with a hard to care for plant.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:44 PM   #5 
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Ok so I figured it out. What I have is Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum). This is definitely not an aquatic plant...This plant is also not tall enough for all the leaves to be exposed...only the two tallest leaves of the ~6 it has are out of the water. I had asked what plants I could keep and the lady said that was the only one. This plant is definitely not going to work if it has to be totally out as my cover fits tightly. Should I just throw it out now? I will definitely look into those options you listed. I am definitely not going back to petco for my plants..hopefully a local place will have a better selection anyway.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:49 PM   #6 
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Ok so I figured it out. What I have is Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum). This is definitely not an aquatic plant...This plant is also not tall enough for all the leaves to be exposed...only the two tallest leaves of the ~6 it has are out of the water. I had asked what plants I could keep and the lady said that was the only one. This plant is definitely not going to work if it has to be totally out as my cover fits tightly. Should I just throw it out now? I will definitely look into those options you listed. I am definitely not going back to petco for my plants..hopefully a local place will have a better selection anyway.
If you purchased it from a Petco or PetsMart, I'd uproot it/put it into a sandwich baggie with some water from your tank/exchange the plant in store.
Also, bring your receipt ;)
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You can keep it in a vase seperately. Peace lilies are pretty, just not in fishtanks. :) Yep, the lady was fibbing.

Sorry I don't know the answer to yours, Fishy.
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You can keep it in a vase seperately. Peace lilies are pretty, just not in fishtanks. :) Yep, the lady was fibbing.

Sorry I don't know the answer to yours, Fishy.
Awh bummer.

Yeah, if it were me, I'd love to keep the plant, but I'm sure the OP would rather exchange it for something he or she can keep in his aquarium.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:56 PM   #9 
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I think i saw this...was it three bulbs in packaging? I believe it was potamageton, Vallisneria americana and another common pond weed. I thought to myself I could go out to any wetland in my area and find this...

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I also was wondering what type of fertilizer or food this plant will need if i keep it in a vase. The nearest petco is like 30 minutes from my house so Its not worth going back up there to return it.

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I think i saw this...was it three bulbs in packaging? I believe it was potamageton, Vallisneria americana and another common pond weed. I thought to myself I could go out to any wetland in my area and find this...

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I also was wondering what type of fertilizer or food this plant will need if i keep it in a vase. The nearest petco is like 30 minutes from my house so Its not worth going back up there to return it.
Ah
I'm not sure, I did some googling and apparently there are 2 types of peace lilies.
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