View Full Version : Dense Vs Sparse tanks?

Slow Cheetah
10-04-2010, 05:55 AM
Hey all

I was just interested to hear opinions and personal experience of whether bettas like having a densely planted/decorated tank or if they enjoy more open space to roam.

10-04-2010, 06:21 AM
If it's too dense the Betta will sometimes go a little bonkers and eat their own tales. I've had it happen and I've read about it happening with others. Give the Betta some moss to wiggle through and a clump of floating plant with the rest of the tank open and you've got a happy Betta. It's a proportion thing... having about 1/3 to 1/2 plants and covered surface works out well for me.


10-04-2010, 06:26 AM
Never managed to get a tank so densely planted the betta has had a problem. The 2 bettas I have now, seem to do well in the planted tanks. The floating plants in the tank do seem to keep the fish in the tank calmer too. More planted I would think the betta would be more at ease, knowing there is a hiding spot near by if need be.

10-04-2010, 07:12 AM
My 5G is packed with about as many plants as i can feasably fit in there...betta loves it. My 2Gs are a bit more open to compensate for the smaller footprint.

10-04-2010, 03:04 PM
I have one delta tail betta that is in a similar semi densely packed space as my two crowntail bettas, and the delta's tail is torn and ripped. I thought it was because of these large plants, so I removed them. The fins looked a little worse afterwards but I really couldn't tell. The other crowntail's fins look fine that had the same big plant with them.

Since removal of the plants, I've transferred him into a 10 divided with another betta that's a bit sparcely packed and hopefully his fins will heal. I've added the big plants back in. He's acting normal so I figure I'll just watch him and his fins. He could very well have been biting his tail because of the cramped space, but i really don't know.

Here's a pic:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/5050747429_0a7ae1d0e3.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28673605@N05/5050747429/)IMG_0919-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28673605@N05/5050747429/) by epiclaydown (http://www.flickr.com/people/28673605@N05/), on Flickr

10-04-2010, 03:59 PM
My bettas love to hang out in plants. The one has a 2.5g to himself, the other is in a 29g community. I almost always find both laying on anubias, or crawling through other plants. The one in the 2.5g did get a bit irritated when I trimmed the subwassertang and then put it back to keep it healthy before it sold. But he had no open swimming room with it there.

Lazy betta:

10-04-2010, 04:07 PM
For the most part...I'd have a few plants...thumbs2:

But have you ever noticed that we seem to opt for extremes? We either underdo our tanks or overdo our tanks...but neither looks good...

Somewhere in the middle looks best...probably functions best too...

10-05-2010, 01:51 AM
Lab Rat your lazy Betta is stunning!

10-05-2010, 02:51 AM
I think it depends on the type of plants you use. As some of the previous pics show bettas like to rest/sleep on plant leaves and will sometimes go so far as to craft a crude nest. I always leave my betta tanks heavily planted with java ferns and they seem to love it. We have a 3.5G betta tank that was probably %75 full with either java fern or java moss that the bettas always seem to REALLY like.

10-06-2010, 05:56 PM
I've had quite a few bettas, and I find that most like to have quite densely planted tanks with some open swimming room. I usually plant 60-75% of the tank up (all around the back and side walls to keep them from seeing reflections and flaring at them... a few of my guys did that, depending on where light was coming in across the room and starting tail biting as a result, so I had to block with foliage).

Mine seem to love weaving in and out of the plants and then coming into the middle to zoom and twirl and beg for food. When there are plants in the front, mine seem bothered that they can't charge across the tank after you, begging for a snack, without being tripped up by or crashing into a leaf. Just my take!

I agree that they love tall plants and will rest near the surface, building little bubble nests or choosing leaves close to the surface that act as little hammocks for them. Crazy little fish. :)

11-10-2010, 04:04 PM
I like to do pretty dense plants on one half of my Betta's tank, leave empty space for him to swim for the middle area, and I have a very small plant on the other side.
He loves that little plant on the side, but usually avoids the more densly planted area. Maybe the taste in plants just varies from fishie to fishie? :)