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Is "Lucky Bamboo" Safe for my Betta tank?


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#1 Crimble

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 02:34 PM

Hi folks! New to the site, love it, so happy I found this place!

Straight to the question... I haven't seen it in the F.A.Q. and I looked, maybe I missed it, but on the care sheet thread or in any forums I haven't seen Bamboo talked about. This is the type of bamboo that you get in the Oriental (products, not people) stores in the mall. I have had success with it and currently have it in my tank, I seem to be VERY steady about changing my water (3 - 4 days) so maybe I'm not really giving the "bad stuff" (if any) a chance to prosper. I haven't seen any reason to think I SHOULDN'T keep bamboo as my plant of choice, I like the look of it, if you arrange them in a fence type of row, the Bettas seem to LOVE to play and swim through. It also creates a type of cave, shaded, hide out, and my Betta seems to dig it. Thank you for your input in advance, I am so happy to find this site.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 02:38 PM

Just make sure that the leaves stay above the water and you should be fine. Lucky Bamboo is only semi-aquatic so if it's completely submerged, it will die and rot. But if the leaves are dry and the lid still fits snugly, it should be fine. smile1.gif I have a few stalks of Lucky Bamboo and I would love to put it in a Betta tank, but there's no room. tongue1.gif

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 02:51 PM

so no damage to the bettas?!?! thank you!

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 04:12 PM

No damage as long as you take care of the plant by keeping the leaves above the waterline. Otherwise the plant rots and dies and that damages the betta. If you are keeping it like in your avatar, you will kill the plant... making the water bad, the leaves have to be in the air. smile1.gif

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 04:35 PM

Yeah, even though you'll see bamboo totally submerged in pet stores, you can't actually keep it that way.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 06:38 PM

I would be concerned about if there were toxic fertilizers used to grow the bamboo. You could grow it elsewhere for a while and give any present toxins a chance to either be used up by the plant or rinsed out by change water if you're concerned.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 07:39 PM

QUOTE (Flashygrrl @ Mar 11 2009, 07:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would be concerned about if there were toxic fertilizers used to grow the bamboo. You could grow it elsewhere for a while and give any present toxins a chance to either be used up by the plant or rinsed out by change water if you're concerned.

Ah, I didn't think about that. Good advice.

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:28 PM

Ohh glad that I saw this, looks Like I will have to make some adjustments for my Bamboo plant smile1.gif Thanks

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 10:46 AM

I bought some lucky bamboo recently and was wondering about this too.

Thanks for the info!




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