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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-15-2012, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of making a low light, low maintenence planted betta tank with my extra 1 gallon tank. What kind of plants should i stock it with. So far i'm working with this:

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poor choice of substrate. but if you are going very low light, then it shouldnt matter too much.
some easy low light plants include mosses (taiwan, xmas, java, peacock, etc.), anubias petite (other anubias require the same care, but would be too large in such a small tank), and m. pteporus.

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I know it's poor substrate, but thats all that i had available at the time. Those all sound like pretty good plants.
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Good job. I like the idea of those plants too marko
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I Currently have my betta in an all moss tank and it LOVES it....it refuses to leave it's moss so that's what I would chiefly focus on because with other plants that extend horizontally (ie. Anubias) then you run into the hassle of always trimming it and it never gets as big as you want it to. Good Luck with the tank I use to have one of those couple years ago.

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Beating a dead horse here, but bettas really shouldn't be kept in such tiny tanks.

You could do a shrimp tank though!
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I was originally going to get a betta to put in my 10 but i'll be overstocked with it. Right now i have 3 platies, 3 swirdtails, a snail, and 12 platy babies.
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This is how I like to rate a tank for a betta...
1 gallon - You better give it the best care possible (ie. Frozen/Live Food, Almond Leaves and/or Almond leaf extract, lots of plants and low flow).
2 gallon and up - Make it happy but you don't need to go overkill on care.

that's my input, I know people on this forum sell almond leaves, I would suggest buying some.

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This is how I like to rate a tank for a betta...
1 gallon - You better give it the best care possible (ie. Frozen/Live Food, Almond Leaves and/or Almond leaf extract, lots of plants and low flow).
2 gallon and up - Make it happy but you don't need to go overkill on care.

that's my input, I know people on this forum sell almond leaves, I would suggest buying some.

Good luck with the tank!
i agree with your basic ideas, but not the specifics.
bettas do not require indian almond leaves. they are believed to help entice spawning, and make bubblenesting easier, but have no proven health benefits as far as i am aware. and frozen/live food are great to make the betta happy, but high quality pellets are the healthiest staple. i use atisons, but there are other good brands.
in such a small tank, the most important things are regular water changes and a stable temperature.

that said, i believe any cycled aquarium is better than the petco cup.

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Actually Almond Leaf Extract (which comes from the leaves(The tannins that leach out of it)) helps their immune system and helps to keep them healthy.
All that matters is that it's healthy and happy. If the betta is happy in a 1gallon tank no reason to fret about it.

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I got new plants for my 10g and had to take out some java fern. I decidednto stick it in the 1g with some water. So far I have this:

I might let it set up and put my apple snail in it since he likes to eat the plants in my 10.
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Dont bury the rhizome (the hard part) under the gravel, or they'll suffocate and die.

Consider a marimo ball. My bettas rub all over them and they're funny little things. I also agree with the moss, and maybe some frogbit so that he can nest under it as well as offset ammonia, since this is a small tank.

Make sure it has a heater.


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Dont bury the rhizome (the hard part) under the gravel, or they'll suffocate and die.

Consider a marimo ball. My bettas rub all over them and they're funny little things. I also agree with the moss, and maybe some frogbit so that he can nest under it as well as offset ammonia, since this is a small tank.

Make sure it has a heater.
I never knew you shouldn't bury the rhizome. I always have and never had a problem.
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I never knew you shouldn't bury the rhizome. I always have and never had a problem.
Will probably do better if it's not buried. Also I agree on the Marimo ball, that's a great Idea and I'm gonna have to buy one myself too

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The tank is staying at a stable 70 degrees. No heater, just the light producing some heat.
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