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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-27-2018, 08:16 PM
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I suggest some floating plants for top cover. Some betta can get stressed without good top cover and they all like it. I use Anubia Coin and anacharis for that but any plant that you can float will do, and my betta like to sleep and rest in it. I'll add a picture of my 5 gal so you can see what I mean.

If you want a more heavily planted look while your plants fill out try putting in some artificial silk plants then take them out as the live plants get thicker. I've done that in my 10 gal, I'm going to slowly convert it to all live plants, but first I want to change out the substrate, get a good canopy and a better light. I do have low light, plants on the right side of the tank. The plants are java fern, anacharis, and anubia coin.

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beautiful! what substrate do you use Rainbo?
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Talking about floating plants.
I love duckweed, but sometimes they require cleanup 🤣

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beautiful! what substrate do you use Rainbo?

In the 5 gal I have Eco-Complete, and in the 10 gal whatever brand gravel they sell at Wal-Mart. I'm planning on switching out the gravel in the 10 gal for CaribSea Sunset Gold Sand so that my corys are happier, I may put some of the sand in my 5 gal under the crypts since those don't seem to like the eco complete, they did a lot better back when I had soil for a substrate, but I hated the mess that soil made.
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Thank you all for your suggestions. I live in New Zealand and get all my plants online as plants near where I live are horrible lol. I am looking at getting Ambulia, Dwarf Sagittaria, green lotus and cardamine as well as a small peice of driftwood. Is that too many plants? Or do any of them get too big for a 55ltr tank. Please excuse my plant ignorance, I know more about coral lol. @chocky the hammock sounds very cute, I have not seen them. My boy loves to chill out in all my plants when he's not inspecting every inch of his tank lol. @SaCanada I definitely regret not using a plant substrate, if I do some changes in the future that will be one of them. When I get my big tank later this year I will be using aqua soil. @irishnugget the Cholla logs sound awesome, I'm not sure if I can get them in NZ I'll have to do some searching. @Rainbo your fish a beautiful, so are your tanks. I am looking at getting Cardamine as a floating plant, in love the looks of floating plants.
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So, here is something you can try.
I am trying this method as well and so far is working ok for a few plants that I am using on my test which are glossostigma and rosanervig.

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So a few things that I've learned as I go along here:

My preference is as natural as possible, but there's nothing wrong with artificial. If the best someone can afford is one or two live plants and choc the rest full of artificial, then I think that's a better option that leaving it bare, I know the fauna appreciates the hiding spaces more. When I bought my Saffron, my 10g that I was preparing for him was no longer viable and so I put him in a bare bottom tank with artificial plants (there's some pictures on here somewhere) and he's still lively and active, it's better than the cup he was living in.

So along with that, he does like his resting places near the surface. When I'm sitting next to the tank, he's always doing something. Occasionally he'll stop and rest at the bottom of the tank next to me but he's usually showing off. I have a camera set up on his tank only that I check on my phone and I sometimes catch him resting near the surface. He has his filter, his betta hammock and IAL that I support near the surface. He rotates through these but lately he's gotten to sleeping on the betta hammock (night vision on the camera is a great thing). My Mishi had a thing about suction cups and would always rest on them (with the exception of the cabomba) despite anything else in the tank. You can never tell what they like, you can just provide.

As for substrate, unless you're looking to go high tech and maximize, there's nothing wrong with inert substrates, just pick what you like. You can always supplement with root tabs and fertilizers and still have healthy plants (if you have a green thumb).
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So, here is something you can try.
Looking back at my post, I don't know WTF youtube has thrown a Trojan Commercial from the URL I got from their mobile app! Unfortunately I can't edit the previous post.

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