Live Plants For Betta Fish

Adding vegetation, greenery and live plants in a betta fish tank is one of the best ways to add amazing beauty to your fish tank. Bettas love their own territory and by having live plants it will be easier for them to get their own hiding spaces, where they can roam around and have fun.

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While picking up plants for betta fish tank you should always look for "aquatic plants" that can survive under water. Normal plants collected from nursery will rot in the tank causing toxic problems and the fish will definitely die. 

Bettas are topical fish and you need an aquarium heater for their tank. Betta fish are originally from Thailand where water temperatures are warm and you must pick up plants that will survive in that sort of temperature ranges (76 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit). For a betta fish tank here are some possibilities. 

  • Crypts
  • Java Moss
  • Hornwort
  • Elodea
  • Lacefern
  • Javafern
  • Asian hygro
  • Eelgrass
  • Water sprite
  • Anacharis
  • Amazon Sword
  • Foxtail

If you want to use live plants in your betta fish tank then it's necessary that you also set artificial lighting above the tank. This can be in the form of LED lights. Many readymade tank hoods are available for sale that come equipped with LED lights. All you have to do is pick up the perfect fit for your tank size and you are good to go.

Avoid using incandescent bulbs as light source because these produce harsh light as well as heat. Heat can alter water temperature causing stress to bettas in the water below. You can even go for fluorescent tubes for lighting purposes if LED's are getting too expensive.

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