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rolf35 05-11-2010 11:41 PM

Good plant for 2.5 gallon betta tank
I was hoping to find a good plant for a small betta tank. It would be my first time using live plants so I have no idea as to what a good species or what kind of lighting/fertilizers I would need. Any suggestions?

aunt kymmie 05-12-2010 09:56 AM

What type of lighting do you currently have? What type of substrate?

rolf35 05-12-2010 11:28 AM

Its a fine gravel substrate with a 15W incandescent bulb

LisaC144 05-12-2010 12:04 PM

Your gravel will work fine but your lighting will fry your plants. I keep 7w over my 5g betta tank and my plants thrive. 15w over a 2.5g I think will be too much light. As for plants in a 2.5 gallon, I like the Anubias Nana (which needs to be tied to something, not buried in the substrate) and Java Fern would look nice too.

rolf35 05-12-2010 12:17 PM

Well that wattage is all I've seen around, would covering the light with some sort of translucent material help protect the plants?

Byron 05-12-2010 07:45 PM

Incandescent lights also produce a lot of heat which over a small tank will work to heat the water. This is one of those situations where a light suspended above the tank would be better, say a lamp like a gooseneck desk lamp. Or as I frequently suggest to others, a good window spot will provide ample light for small tanks.

Crypts are ideal plants for your setup; low light, small, easy to care for. Or a bunch of Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis), with a bit more light; the window would still be ample for this. And the floating Water Sprite, Ceratopteris.


teddyzaper 05-12-2010 07:53 PM

you might be able to do baby tears with the light you have currently

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