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Old 07-10-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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want to have a few plants in my new aquarium


I'm starting a new betta tank soon and I was hoping to add some live plants. I already have a moss ball (because they're kind of adorable), and was thinking of java fern and anubia. The tank I'm planning to get is the Mini Bow 2.5 gal.

I was wondering what you all thought of this, and if there's anything in particular I would need to care for these plants.

I'm kind of like really new at aquarium plants, so sorry if this is a particularly stupid question, but substrate refers to the gravel layer at the bottom of the tank, right? If so, do I need to use sand or some type of soil, or is gravel okay? Are there any supplements that the plants would need?

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Old 07-10-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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I have java fern and anubias in with my bettas. They only receive ambient light and the plants chug along. The substrate is normal aquarium gravel. I don't add any plant fertilizers and I change the tanks (2.5 gallons) once a week. Just make sure the rhizomes are above the gravel. I wrap the roots around large pebbles. If you want the plants to grow instead of survive at a slow chug, then you'll need light etc.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:26 AM   #3
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Surviving at a slow chug is perfect for me! Thank you!
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Pictures of your betta? I would like to see.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:46 AM   #5
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No need for special substrate, gravel is fine. Not sure if the tank you have comes with a light or not but you don't need much light at all. If you moss ball is surviving, these plants will survive. Really easy plants to deal with.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:36 AM   #6
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I ended up getting a 5 gallon! xD

Here's a picture of my betta, Speck:


And here's a picture of my new aquarium!
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