Plants for Betta Fish Tanks – Not Just a Decoration
While it is tempting to use plants for betta fish tanks as just a decoration, they serve several important functions. It is important to choose the right plants for betta fish to get all the benefits. The wrong plants can create a harsh living environment for your betta, while the right ones will help your betta live a long and healthy life.
Plants for Betta Fish Tanks – Benefits
There are many benefits when using plants for betta fish tanks that surpass just decorating your tank. Betta fish love to hide and swim around fauna and plants – a wide open tank is not really an ideal or even a very comfortable environment for your betta fish, particularly if you are trying to get your betta to share a tank with other fish. Giving them a place to hide and be sheltered will greatly reduce the stress your betta feels and is more similar to his natural habitat.
Selecting the right live (as opposed to fake) plants for betta fish tanks (discussed below) can also improve the water conditions of your fish tank by generating additional oxygen and helping to keep the tank clean by eliminating nitrates and ammonia from the water.
Whether you choose plastic or live plants for betta fish, make sure to choose soft and leafy flora that will not harm the fins of your fish.
Plants for Betta Fish Tanks – Plastic
The biggest benefit of using plastic plants for betta fish tanks is that they are easy to maintain. They don’t require lots of light, they never decompose (which is really bad for the water), and are easy to clean whenever you clean your betta fish tank. While the only benefit to the betta they provide is the ability to hide, plastic plants are extremely low maintenance. Just make sure to get one that is soft so it doesn’t scratch the fins of your betta fish.
Plants for Betta Fish Tanks – Live Plants
Live plants offer many benefits that plastic plants for betta fish tanks do not. The right live plants add oxygen to the water and help keep the water clean. However, if you do not properly maintain your live plants, they can cause poor water conditions and can also carry bacteria, parasites, and other germs that may cause betta diseases or can get your betta fish sick.
Plants for Betta Fish Tanks – Which Plant is Best?
There are specific advantages and disadvantages of each type of plant – below I’ve outlined some of the best plants for betta fish health, and included the benefits of each.
Tiger Lotus – Tiger Lotus is a leafy plant that sits on the surface of the water. This plant has a lily pad at the top, which is ideal in helping male bettas when they build their bubble nest. Get this plant if you are planning on mating your betta fish.
Java Moss and Java Ferns – These plants are excellent low maintenance plants that can thrive in tanks that have no filtration. They also need low levels of light, so are perfect if you don’t have a light near your tank (or direct sunlight – which I do NOT recommend). They also need low levels of light, so are perfect if you don’t have a light near your tank (or direct sunlight – which I do NOT recommend). They also are terrific because they use the waste your fish produces as food needed to grow, which means they really help keep your tank clean.
Chinese Evergreen – The Chinese Evergreen is one of the best plants for betta fish, because it is a natural hydroponic plant (which means it naturally grows submerged in water). It also needs little light and is relatively low maintenance.
Other Plants for Betta Fish – Some other plants that also work well are the Photos plant, water sprites, and Peace Water Lilies.
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