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I've just set up a 6 gallon betta tank and need some help with plants. I'd sure prefer live plants to silk. The problem is the tank is a low light tank. Forgive my ignorance, but are there any common plants that would be good for me? I have something that looks like Cabomba? but it looks like it's dieing. All I have is a fine gravel substrate. I added some floating watersprite from another tank, but it got a white film on it and was looking really bad so I took that out. What about java fern? The thing with that is I've read that you can't grow it in the gravel and I have no wood to tie it to.

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Sorry, I was just looking at some plant pictures and the dwarf ambulia also looks lke the plant that I have that's dieing.
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Put some anarchis in there. I have found it grows well in low lit tanks along with high lit tanks. Do you have flouresant lighting?

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I've just looked up the Anachris and will see if it is available to me. As far as lighting goes my tank came with none. Right now there is just a small 20watt halogen (sp?) lamp over the tank. The tank is 10 inches deep. More lighting is not an option right now, so if I should just save my $$ and get some silk then I guess that I could live with it. :-(

Any other ideas are welcome too. I'm still wondering about the java fern as well.

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Java Fern does very well in low light. I actually need to keep it in the shade in my tank. Anubias Nana is also a great low light plant. Come to think of it, any Anubias variation would do well, but Nana and Coffeefolia are my favorites.

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hey cool, thanks for the response. Could you answer a question about the java fern? I've read that you can't grow it in the gravel. Is that true? I have no wood to lash it to, can I lash it to a small stone and have that laying on the gravel?

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Aaaaarg, I pulled the dying dwarf ambulia out of the tank and now my tank is littered with all these little pieces of the plant. I've tried to swirl the water and scoop it out with the net , but holy crap the stuff is everywhere !! Any good suggestions on how to remove this from the tank? Will it start to rot in the water?

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As long as it is not a -lot- of stuff, it shouldn't cause a problem. Basic maintenace should clean it out in a month or so (water changes/gravel cleaning). If you want to get it done with now, just siphon them up, strain the water throgh as fine sieve, and put the water back in the tank, but it shouldn't be that big a deal.

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As for the Java Fern, I just leave mine resting on the gravel, with just a few roots stuck inside to anchor it and it attaches itself to the top layer of gravel. The roots you stick inside the gravel will most likely die, but the rest of the roots will hold it down.

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Thanks, when I get paid next I'll have to do a little plant shopping
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I wasn't signed in last time I posted. Don't worry about the plant matter in the water. Your filter should take care of that. Ya Java Fern would work well in your tank also. Maybe you could by a small piece of driftwood and grow a java fern on it. Anarchis you could float on the top too. I always like that.

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Thanks Kit, I'll definately look at the java fern as I've read that betta like to rest on them. I didn't know that anachris could be left to float. That's good as I quite like that look and when my boy was in his small tank he liked to hang out under the (now dead) floating watersprite.
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I would like making my 2.5 gallon aquarium a nano planted, but right now it has a "paired" male and female guppy, even though guppies don't need to be paired to mate! Java fern would be an excellen addition to any tank. Another good floating plant you might like is java moss. I always like how mine floated in my 12 gallon... you might need to tie it to a cork or something so it will float. Hope this helps!

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You're right about the java moss. I have some hanging in the guppy tank and it looks really good there. The next time I give it a hair cut I'll try some in the betta tank too.

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