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post #1 of 4 Old 04-20-2010, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question making plans for 1st planted betta tank

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As the title suggests I am trying 2 iron out plans for a planted Betta tank. I have a new tank and have decided this is my next project.

I know that u have to b careful with plants for bettas as sharp edges can tear their delicate fins and so i am wondering if u have any suggestions? I have read the stickies and understand the basic principles just need help with specific plants.

I am looking to build multi storey rocky cave thingys (descriptive i no but i no what i mean) to one side. And have like a jungle area to hide in at the other.

Could u please help?

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Whenever I consider this question, what plants with this or that fish species, I first turn to their habitat; what they live with in nature will obviously be successful in an aquarium if we can duplicate it.

With that in mind, any of the Cyrptocoryne species for the substrate [more on these momentarily], Aponogeton, Ceratopteris as a floating plant which is essential in any anabantid aquarium because of the close interaction between floating plants and the fishes. The stem plant Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis) is ideally suited to these fish; in my current 70g SE Asian tank I have this plant surrounding the rear and side walls and have allowed it to grow across the surface. I have Chocolate Gourami and Pygmy Sparkling Gourami that regularly spawn, and I now have 4-5 stages of fry from both species living in this tank. Check out the photos of this setup under my "Aquariums" on the left.

I mentioned crypts for the substrate; with the floating plants, light reaching the substrate will and should be minimal (another issue with anabantids, they all come from very dimly-lit and still waters) and crypts will thrive in such conditions.

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Question additions!!!

What about these plants? Can I add these?

Hydrocotyle Leucophala

Vallisneria Americana


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What about these plants? Can I add these?

Hydrocotyle Leucophala

Vallisneria Americana


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Hydrocotyle leucocephala is a nice plant, but as it is a stem plant it will grow fast and require regular (perhaps weekly) pruning, which is not a bad thing but some aquarists prefer slower plants that require less "work" so I mention it. But yes, it is a lovely plant, and if allowed to grow on the surface would be good that way, as the roots dangle down from every node with the leave floating upward facing. It is a good stem plant for use as a surface plant.

Vallisneria americana, if that species is what it really is, would be fine. The other Vallisneria species can get very large; the corkscrew is nice and compact in my experience. What are your water parameters (pH and hardness)? Vallisneria tends to do much better in harder water though many grow it well in softer water too.

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