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Betta Sorority?

Hi, interested in someday doing a betta sorority. I plan on getting a 20 gallon (not long, had trouble finding a long) tank and having 5 female bettas in it. My only concern is plants.
I want my tank to be pretty well planted, so that my girls will have cover to hide and places to stake their claim. Any plant suggestions welcomed.
My current decor list:
- Malaysian driftwood (6-10 inches)
- one java fern and one Anubias nana tied to wood
- Amazon Sword in the back, hopefully enough to cover the back wall
- 5 Marimo moss balls, scattered around the tank
- 6 stems lemon bacopa
- dwarf water lettuce floating on top

I feel like that isnt enough cover. I will have a couple plastic plants on hand in case I need them, but id prefer to stick to live.
I will have liquid ferts, liquid Co2, and root tabs if i need to use them.

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This is definitely not enough plants now that I think about it. Recommendations?

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IMO, plants like anacharis, cabomba, and their types serve better as cover plants. Stack them about 3-5 stems per anchor (if using anchor) 1" apart and soon they will flow over the water surface. Clip them to make new and more dense plants.

Since my anacharis could slowly adapt to very low light, I often use them as natural getaways when breeding.

But if esthetics is a concern, you might need to combine several plants, following "back, mid, and front" rule.
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IMO, plants like anacharis, cabomba, and their types serve better as cover plants. Stack them about 3-5 stems per anchor (if using anchor) 1" apart and soon they will flow over the water surface. Clip them to make new and more dense plants.

Since my anacharis could slowly adapt to very low light, I often use them as natural getaways when breeding.

But if esthetics is a concern, you might need to combine several plants, following "back, mid, and front" rule.
I've thought about using some cabomba, but never on the surface. Didn't know it would do that!

Esthetics is a bit of a concern.

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I meant anacharis and cabomba will quickly grow. Often longer than water depth thus begin to grow sideways on the water surface. Those that grow above water will die.

Water wisteria, ludwigia, bacopa, (don't know what else) will grow and survive above water if stems are strong enough to support it.

You can use anacharis and cabomba at the back. . . Lets say 2-3 layers. This should be sufficient as getaways. Combine them with swords and bacopa for esthetics. Anubias can be placed somewhere in the middle as they will be attached to wood. And scatter your marimo at the front.

This is one of my latest "test" tanks (about 7g). I want to make a real planted but algae always over run them (70-80% and even 100% planted rule doesn't seem to work for me nor does reducing light). With the help of nerite snails this tank seems clean (about 2 months now).

Back - very long grass like plant, anacharis, a type of cabomba, ludwigia, and a sword.
Mid - bucephalandra tied to wood, a type of fern tied to wood, anubias tied to rocks and on substrate, crypte
Front - initially I wanted to use monte carlo carpet. But I read ppl saying lack of light will avoid carpeting. So I covered it with more tiny bucephalandra (I'll take a picture tomorrow). . . . . This is heavily planted - only meant as an example. You can reduce plants in yours.

Btw, currently there are 4 nerite snails, 3 juvie bettas, 4 corydoras.

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I meant anacharis and cabomba will quickly grow. Often longer than water depth thus begin to grow sideways on the water surface. Those that grow above water will die.

Water wisteria, ludwigia, bacopa, (don't know what else) will grow and survive above water if stems are strong enough to support it.

You can use anacharis and cabomba at the back. . . Lets say 2-3 layers. This should be sufficient as getaways. Combine them with swords and bacopa for esthetics. Anubias can be placed somewhere in the middle as they will be attached to wood. And scatter your marimo at the front.

This is one of my latest "test" tanks (about 7g). I want to make a real planted but algae always over run them (70-80% and even 100% planted rule doesn't seem to work for me nor does reducing light). With the help of nerite snails this tank seems clean (about 2 months now).

Back - very long grass like plant, anacharis, a type of cabomba, ludwigia, and a sword.
Mid - bucephalandra tied to wood, a type of fern tied to wood, anubias tied to rocks and on substrate, crypte
Front - initially I wanted to use monte carlo carpet. But I read ppl saying lack of light will avoid carpeting. So I covered it with more tiny bucephalandra (I'll take a picture tomorrow). . . . . This is heavily planted - only meant as an example. You can reduce plants in yours.

Btw, currently there are 4 nerite snails, 3 juvie bettas, 4 corydoras.

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I meant I didn't know it would grow like that.
Oh, thank you so much! That helps a lot! So would this work:
Back: Thick layer(s) of anarcharis and camboba, Amazon Sword
Mid: Anubias tied to driftwood (probably a few anubias)
Front: marimos scattered

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It should. You've got getaways, and playgrounds (so to speak).
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Okay, thank you. How many bettas would you suggest for a 20 long (I'm going to try to find one) and a 20 tall?

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Maybe aroung 6 - 10 should be safe.
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Alright, thank you. I've heard the more the better, to spread aggression around. I've also heard one betta for every 2 gallons in a sorority.
I hope to find a 20 long, more surface space and room to swim lengthwise. Anywhere anyone knows of to get one?

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