Have you ever tried Betta Plants for Bettas? Indeed, floating plants can definitely give your tank that much natural and jungle-like feel that nothing else is able to. Plus, your betta will also enjoy them as well. But, there are just so many floating plants available, leaving you a bit overwhelmed. In this article, I'm going to share with you the different types of Betta Plants for you to choose from.
Let's start off with floating plants for Betta tanks, first with the obvious - the submerged Betta Plants. This is the most widely used type of plant for freshwater fish tanks. These plants come in both a partially submerged and fully submerged variety. The difference is in how they behave when in water and whether or not they need to be exposed to direct lighting.
The most popular kind of these underwater plants for bettas are the Java Fern and the Water Fern. Both of these are beautiful live plants that are planted close to the base of the water. They thrive in low light conditions, as long as you place them in a location where there is no direct sunlight. However, they do need to be placed in a location where they can get some indirect light, such as through a window. These two particular aquarium plants are great options because they don't grow very large, allowing them to fit nicely in narrow areas.
Another type of plant for Betta tanks is the water sprites. As the name would imply, the water sprites grow primarily in water, though some varieties do grow in soil as well. Most of the time, these are found growing on pieces of driftwood, but there have been known to be some that grow in rocks, too.
The Java Fern and the Water Fern are both Ferns that are also aquatic. These plants for Betta tanks do very well in captivity because they do not require much attention when they are in their natural habitat. You'll find that their roots go deep into the substrate, so it is important that you don't over-water them, and you also shouldn't wash or pick the leaves. Overwatering by mistake can cause the water to become slimy and they will start to look as if they are drowning.
Some plants for Betta tanks are more suitable for tank mates than others. If you plan on pairing Betta fish that don't naturally swim with each other, then you should choose a few that can survive in the same environment. There is no need to attempt breeding bettas with aquarium watermopolitan species because they will not be able to survive in the same water temperature and they will compete for food. On the other hand, you can pair Java Ferns with African Mint or Java Ferns because they do quite well in a variety of conditions and can even grow to be pretty large specimens. This means that there is always room for two fish in your tank.
Plants For Bettas also come in many different forms. There are some that you can buy at pet stores while other people prefer to grow them themselves. If you decide to grow your own plants for Betta fish, you will have to be careful about the types of plants that you choose because some may be toxic to your Betta fish. In a complete guide to starting and maintaining a Betta fish tank, I have included a list of the different types of plants that can be good tank mates for bettas. All of these are available at a reputable pet store, but before you buy, be sure to read the complete guide to setting up and maintaining your Betta fish tank.
My favorite selections are Java Ferns and Water Lilies. Both of these are available at any pet store and both are very easy to maintain. However, the Java Fern is generally more expensive than the Water Lily and they don't come with the attractive Broad Leaves. In that complete guide to starting and maintaining your Betta fish tanks, I have included a link to an Amazon affiliate page so that you may order the exact same books, only that the books are shipped directly to you instead of from the internet.