upgrading my betta bowl. So, is it possible to have too many
plants in your betta tank? I was thinking a 5 - 10 gallon tank
with a FOREST of plants in it. And what plants are ok to use with
your betta, and what will harm him?
OK Beau, this is going to be a vegetarian column today LOL. Today we are going to talk about plants and bettas. I think it is great you want to provide your bettas with a larger planted tank. So here are a few helpful pointers to help you make the right decisions.
Live plants are $$$$ expensive. So it is important to pick the right ones right off the bat. Otherwise you are throwing money out the window.
When it comes to plants this has been my experience:
Now a day all my tanks are bare and my plants are plastic. We breeders do that because it is easier to maintain and sanitize the tanks that way. Since we move bettas from tank to tank, and a tank can see as many as 4 spawns a year, we sanitize often. With a live plant set-up, sanitizing becomes complicated: you will need to break down the tank, bake all the gravel and rocks and throw away all the plants (goodbye money invested in them AGH). (it hurts). LOL
A live plant can become carrier of bacteria so once contaminated it must be discarded.
Having said that, I once upon a time had nice planted tanks and the bettas did like it. Live plants are soft and will not tear the fins like plastic plants can. Live plants grow and change and even reproduce (cute). Honestly, I did like them. Do I miss them? Not much, I am too lazy for them LOL and they were too much extra work on such a large scale. But for one tank I would do it. I remember I especially enjoyed Amazon swords. These looked great and did well even with a regular light bulb situation. Eventually they would die but I would get a good 6 months or so out of them.
At left you can see an Amazon Sword plant I successfully kept for about 6 months in a 1 gal jar. The set up included one betta. "Spiky" lived on my desk at work and liked his plant. He used to sleep on the top leaf :). It's true that Amazon Sword plants have leaves shaped like betta hammocks LOL. How cute! Eventually (as you can see) the plant took over the jar. (so I had to start trimming it regularly).