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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:19 PM

I've seen them mentioned and seen pictures but I don't exactly understand what dignifies it planted

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:47 AM

if it has live plants growing in it, it is planted :) Fake plants don't count :P I don't know that I count just floating plants either...
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:37 AM

how often do you clean the tank??? do you run a filter??

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:42 AM

once a week. Plants help keep nitrates down, but they should still have a water change. And yes, mine have filters. You want to keep plants in a cycled tank so that they do have nitrates to feed on and filters sure help with that.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:02 AM

Some people use the plants as filtration, but that's very difficult. I agree with Maryanne about water changes! You might not have to do them as often, but they still need to happen regularly to restore hardness and pH and to replenish plant nutrients, not to mention remove fish waste that plants can't get out.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 03:03 PM

Wow thats awesome! So the plants you buy from stores, like just chain stores, how do you "Plant them"

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 04:00 PM

Some plants are rooted, some are floating and some do best when anchored to driftwood or a rock or something. And some plants come in bunches that you usually weight down with a plant weight and then it will send out roots later to anchor itself.

So if you buy a plant that needs to be rooted, you just bury the roots in the gravel. Just like planting a plant in dirt.

There are special gravels and substrates that are full of nutrients that help with plant growth. These aren't necessary for all plants.

What you should really look for is how high of a light the plants want.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:16 PM

Well my question to you is, what plants do bettas do best with? I think mosses are very gorgeous. And Is drift wood ok for bettas? Ide love to have some driftwood and live plants for my tanks.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:12 PM

Bettas don't really have much of a preference. :) You might want to avoid high-light plants because bettas like darker water, but even then you can just plant the tank heavily and it'll be dark under the plants. But really that's not an issue because high-light plants are much more than the average beginner hobbyist wants to mess with. A good starting point would be to get a piece of driftwood (don't forget to cure it!) and tie some java moss/java ferns onto it with fishing line. The plants will attach to the wood after a few weeks (you can remove the fishing line) and spread over the wood. These plants are pretty hard to kill - just leave them be and they'll probably be fine. :)

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:59 PM

I shall try this! now by curing you mean to boil it right?

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 07:31 AM

this is a planted tank:
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so is this:
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bettas dont mind high light after they get used to it. i have a female in a 10 gal with 40 watts over it (very high light). she is active and healthy.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 10:55 AM

TBH most bettas dont mind the light because they have been pretty well taken from their norm for some time anyhow.Bettas come from darker tannin stained blackwater habitats and we keep them pretty much in clear water tanks.

I have noticed every betta I have kept loves plants.As for which ones,it depends on what you want to put into it.High light high maintenance or low light low maintenance.CO2 and ferts or no.I personally will never own another unplanted tank because,if you can keep the plants well then usually the fish are well as well!




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