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Can I use houseplant for betta bowl? Or duckweed from a pond?
Old 05-25-2011, 12:04 PM   #1
 
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Can I use houseplant for betta bowl? Or duckweed from a pond?

I have a big goldfish bowl with a betta fish in it and I'd like to add a plant but the local pet store doesn't sell any I'm hoping I can go to a plant store/greenhouse up the street and put something something of theirs in there but I don't know if this is done or if it's healthy for the fish. There's a pond too in my city and it has some duckweed near the reeds and I'm considering scooping some of that out but is that okay to do as long as I rinse it? The pond is man-mad but has grown a lot of reeds and does have some fish in it and ducks. It's a little polluted like with plastic bottles and cardboard, paper and stuff so I'm not sure if this is a good idea. With all honesty my biggest fear is bugs breeding in the bowl and coming out in my room lol. Any advice is much appreciated.
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:27 PM   #2
 
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Terrestrial plants will almost certainly quickly rot if submersed, so I would not add any of those. Decomposing plant matter can quickly raise the organics and cause problems. You need a true aquatic plant.

As for the duckweed, the risks you mention are the concern. If it were me, I might try some in some situations, since you can't buy any aquarium plants. But with ducks in the pond, I would not.

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Old 05-25-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
 
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Terrestrial plants will almost certainly quickly rot if submersed, so I would not add any of those. Decomposing plant matter can quickly raise the organics and cause problems. You need a true aquatic plant.

As for the duckweed, the risks you mention are the concern. If it were me, I might try some in some situations, since you can't buy any aquarium plants. But with ducks in the pond, I would not.

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Oh that's too bad. It's what I expected though. I'm going to check out another pet store that used to sell wisteria by the handful. Hopefully I'll have more luck there. Thanks Byron.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:33 AM   #4
 
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:54 AM   #5
 
Philodendrons, a type of house plant are pretty happy with their stems in water then leaves in the air. They might work if you let them grow out of the bowl. I was in a reptile shop this week and they had those growing in all the amphibian tanks.
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