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LittleFox
01-15-2017, 12:54 AM
I'd like to eventually add some live plants to my 5-gallon tank for my betta... who doesn't have a name yet (open to ideas). Preferably something that is slow growing and easily managed. The tank currently has a little over an inch of gravel and some artificial plants.

I'm thinking a moss ball or a type of grass... something the little guy can easily weave through... Thoughts?

waylon101
01-15-2017, 04:01 AM
I love Water Wisteria for low tech set ups! Its a beautiful plant that takes minimal lighting and does not always require aquarium fertilizers. There are other simple options like Ludwigia and Banana Plant

LittleFox
01-15-2017, 04:59 AM
I love Water Wisteria for low tech set ups! Its a beautiful plant that takes minimal lighting and does not always require aquarium fertilizers. There are other simple options like Ludwigia and Banana Plant

Banana plant... I've never heard of that one. I'm looking them up now... :)

LittleFox
01-15-2017, 05:05 AM
So, it looks like the banana plant would be a great plant to start with. Thanks for the idea!

madagascariensis
01-15-2017, 05:13 AM
If your gravel is fine enough to anchor plant roots, Cryptocoryne is another option to consider. Most species, especially wendtii types, stay low and grow slowly. Anubias nana also is a slow-growing, compact plant if you have some hard surface (driftwood, rough stone) to mount it to.

angelcraze2
01-15-2017, 06:02 AM
I have an anubias carpet in my nano. As long as you don't bury the rhizome. The roots dig into the substrate. Betas like to rest on the Banana plant leaves and you have to be careful with plants that they are gentle enough not to damage your beta's fins. Have you seen the red tiger lotus?

SueD
01-15-2017, 04:31 PM
Wisteria is a great plant, easy and fast growing and usually inexpensive. But it will require constant trimming in a small tank. Those trimmings can then be replanted giving you many nice plants to fill out parts of the tank. So if you up to it, it's worth a try.

I agree with the suggestion of crypts as another option as well as anubias. Java fern is also a good one and like anubias will have to be tied or glued to driftwood or rocks.

waylon101
01-15-2017, 05:03 PM
So, it looks like the banana plant would be a great plant to start with. Thanks for the idea!

Yes its an interesting little plant! Also I agree with Angelcraze's suggestion, anubias is one of my favorite plants.

AmazonJoe
01-15-2017, 05:07 PM
Wisteria is a great plant, easy and fast growing and usually inexpensive. But it will require constant trimming in a small tank. Those trimmings can then be replanted giving you many nice plants to fill out parts of the tank. So if you up to it, it's worth a try.

Yea get ready to have to discard those trimmings after replanting so many in a 5g. This plant grows like crazy and is very nice looking so win win.

angelcraze2
01-15-2017, 06:24 PM
I find wisteria does far better in hard water. In soft water, it grows thin and delicate. Guess that would be good for the beta's fins though....
Beware of the words "if you're up to it". This plant will take over your 5g of your not on top of weekly prunnings! But it is easy to grow and pretty.

I like the java fern suggestion as well. I like the narrowleaf variety the best. There are other grassy looking easy to grow stem plants like hygro agustifolia. It would make a nice background plant when planted in a group. Stem plants, you just snip the tops off and replant them. The tops will grow new roots and the cut stem will grow new shoots. I think a beta might appreciate some floating plants with long hanging roots as well, maybe float some brazilian pennywort, try frogbit, salvania or dwarf water lettuce. You'll be throwing this out too weekly. Very fast growers. The latter is quite large for a 5g, but they grow nice long roots that can be trimmed of need be, so I think 4-5 nice sized plants would be good in a 5g.

LittleFox
01-16-2017, 12:22 AM
Have you seen the red tiger lotus?

Can't say that I've heard of that before. I'll have to look it up.

LittleFox
01-16-2017, 12:28 AM
Thank you, everyone, for the suggestions and tips. It has been most helpful!