|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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