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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2016, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hey folks. I'm setting up a betta tank (6 gal) and want to use live plants. I've ordered some Eco Complete but am wondering if it can be used alone or should I get some organic potting soil too? I was planning to top it with gravel, is this acceptable or no?

Also, will my plants need fertilizer? At least for the first few months. I plan to have the one fish and would prefer nothing else (snails, shrimp, etc.) because the fish I'm getting is from a breeder in Thailand and extremely aggressive.

If needed I could get some trumpet snails but I think that would be it.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2016, 07:20 PM
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Not sure about the Eco complete but what kind of plants do you plan on having because some won't need the fertilizer
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You won't need snails.. The growing of the roots should be enough to turn over your soil. Eco Complete is fine. I won't top it off with anything only because over time it will get mixed and the gravel could get in the way of plants with finer roots. As far as fertilizer goes... It depends on the plants. I dose seachem ferts one a week and any plant that is struggling or new gets a root tab placed next to it.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2016, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! The plants I'm planning on are these:

Brazilian pennywort
Amazon swordplant
Star moss
Water lettuce

Trying for low light plants because I understand bettas don't necessarily like lots of light. Also the tank is tall rather than wide if that makes any difference.

If I do need fertilizer, what is recommended?

Will I need potting soil in addition to the Eco Complete?

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-03-2016, 01:20 AM
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Eco-complete makes for a very negligible difference in plant growth quality, IME. I got almost the same amount of growth out of eco complete as I did with $5 gravel and glass beads......

Potting soil is what helps plants grow like weeds. It's potting soil that needs a cap. It will be an awful mess without a cap.

Out of the plants you've listed, Amazon sword is the only one that definitely needs root ferts. I usually just buy ferts from bamaplants. Red clay is good for amazon swords. You might want a general liquid fertilizer for the other plants, but it might not be necessary.

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If you only have a betta in a heavily planted tank at some point you might need to add some liquid ferts with nitrates and phosphates (like "Tropica Specialised Fertilizer").

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-03-2016, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I don't especially want them to grow like weeds. I want to keep them alive and healthy so the betta has the best possible environment.

Thank you @Gariana for the recommendation on the fertilizer and @Kaxen for the info on Amazon swords. :)
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