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Re: Plastic or Live??

Postby JayM » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:40 pm

Hi
We prefer live as they look so much better. Plastic can tear betta fins if sharp.
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Re: Plastic or Live??

Postby schwannsee24 » Wed May 29, 2013 11:48 am

Live! I used to love my silk & plastic plants, but I have coem to LOVE live plants. They take a bit of maintenance, removing dead leaves, etc, but they actually help my fish's tank stay cleaner and he likes to swim through them. You do have to be willing to spend the money on a good light though. And I recommend picking up a cheap timer so you can make sure your plants get long enough time under the lights, but not too much or you get algae. :)

I didn't go crazy expensive with my setup, I used small gravel/large sand instead of dirt or fine sand. I hear dirt is even better for plants, but the work to tear down and re-do my setup hasn't been worth it. I currently have a large amazon sword that I prune each water change since my tank's only a 10g, and it gets out of the water and dies. Java fern, anubias, dwarf grass, and hygrophilia (which is new and not doing too well) are in there too, along with a mossball.
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Re: Plastic or Live??

Postby boberz87 » Wed May 29, 2013 12:03 pm

Hello,

i have done both live and plastic plants. i find that the live ones help keep tank a little more cleaner I am on my first NPT (Naturally Planted Tank) I can say that they help keep the water in check. The fish emits ammonia and other stuff the plants process Nitrites into Nitrates or vice versa. Then there is BB (beneficial bacteria) which play a part in all this. So the bottom line plants are part of the cycle that help keep the fish, plants and tank happy in a little ecosystem kind of way.
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Re: Plastic or Live??

Postby Brian » Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:35 pm

There are pluses and minuses with either live or artificial. Live plants create a more natural environment and absorb toxins and add oxygen to the tank. They can be more tricky to maintain and keep healthy. I've heard some diseases can be spread by plants but am not sure what kinds. I have gotten a snail invasion from live plants.

Artificial can be easy to clean, you can create an instant jungle by filling the tank with all types of plants without worrying about having the right lighting for the plants.
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Re: Plastic or Live??

Postby admin » Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:39 pm

Newbies to Betta care should probably stick with fake plants concentrate on learning all about your Betta before you move onto live plants.

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Re: Plastic or Live??

Postby wwstringcomplexx » Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:01 pm

They don't HAVE to be live plants in your aquarium. We have found that live plants, while adding oxygen to your tank, do little for our bettas. All of my betta homes, aside from the small babies, have small sized FABRIC plants. They're colorful and don't tear fins up like those pointy plastic plants. You should check them out! The pretty one's are at Petco more so than Petsmart and come in 3 sizes.
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Re: Plastic or Live??

Postby admin » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:20 pm

Fabric plants are a great option:)

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Re: Plastic or Live??

Postby Deb » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:48 am

Rusty and Bubba Blue each have their fair share of Pothos (closely related to heartleaf philodendron) in their tanks. Not only do they grow well in both good and poor lighting, they thrive both in and out of the water. If they grow too far out of the tank, just snip them back, take the cut piece and stick it in the gravel, where it too will root itself. Both Rusty and Bubba have their favorite leaves to take their "naps" on. Rusty also has one favorite leaf for what I call his "workout". He works himself onto the leaf, and then flaps and wiggles his way across until he goes off the other side. The first time I saw this I thought he was stuck, but he went back and did it again!!!
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Re: Plastic or Live??

Postby lissienen » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:59 am

Like has been said; there are plus's and minus's to both of the above... but I have had both and I'm always going to stick my vote into the "live plant" category and here's why: they are just cooler all over the spectrum. No, you can't get neon glowing live plants, but plastic plants can't grow and they won't put out oxygen, they won't absorb toxin, your betta can't turn one into his/her favorite thing to rest on without worry that his fin is going to get torn because it's too sharp after all despite you testing it on a pantyhose...

There is the risk of a live plant bringing in a disease or even snails, but that's why you should always quarantine it first. If you can't do that then there is always the option of a warm salt bath to rinse off outside containment. That won't do the job as thoroughly as a quarantine, but it'll be better than nothing. Of course, you can nullify the risk almost completely by buying plants from reputable sources instead of picking them yourself. (Although reputable sources can still be risky, nothing is 100%) That and I really, really just prefer live plants. So long as you put in the effort of adding some plant food once a month (if your tank is the right size, more often if you have to do constant water changes with a smaller tank), trimming off any dead leafs or stems and such so that the plant doesn't rot then you can have a nice, thriving live plant tank that your fish will absolutely adore. I know mine do and I think it looks worlds better than my first artificial ones ever did, even if they were more colorful then.
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Re: Plastic or Live??

Postby jessica » Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:33 am

I live live plants for all our fish. They are bit more maintenance, but worth it in the long run. Plastic are nice in small bowels, as you can get creative with them.
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