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    Hey all, recently bought something from petco labeled as Betta bulbs that came in a pack of three. I don't have a special tank for growing plants b/c my dorm has limited space. I currently have them wrapped in a paper towel in a cup with water and plant food under my desk lamp. Is there anyway they will sprout under these conditions?!

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    If they have a chance at sprouting the best way to start them out is in a jar full of water sitting on a sunny windowsill.The plant food is unnecessary,the bulbs [if there viable]have the nutrients they need to sprout stored already.Out of the 20 walmart/petco type bulbs I have tried I had 3 actually sprout and only 2 thrive.Good luck.

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    Hmmm those odds are a little discouraging, but thanks for the advise. I'll do my best and if just one of them sprouts I'll be happy. Thanks again :D

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    I just stuck mine in a cup with water in a window. It is my first time using them too though so I can't say much about them yet. Good luck. I'll let you know. Let me know how yours do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovleeko
    I just stuck mine in a cup with water in a window. It is my first time using them too though so I can't say much about them yet. Good luck. I'll let you know. Let me know how yours do.
    OK sounds cool! I'll keep you posted :D

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    Welp, I've almost had these little guys in a cup of water under sunlight for a week. 2 of them started to rot or growing some white fungus so I pitched them. I have fingers crossed for the last one though and hope to see some results!! :D

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    Ive never heard anything good about these either.

    An airstone may help prevent mold, keep it low though.

    Anyone have a pic of one thats grown?

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    I have been reading about live plants for uncycled betta tanks and today I bought some java fern and java moss for mine. Wow!!! It looks great. I am so excited about it. I hope they do well. One of my betta bulbs have started to sprout too. So I guess if they turn out I'll have all kinds of options for my tanks.
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    yeah i was leaning towards some java fern myself. I saw the thread in the DIY section for the moss wall today and it looked awesome!! I'll wait to see how my last bulb does though I'll have to try out that air stone idea to make sure I don't lose my last bulb before it decides if/when it will sprout. Thanks for input guys :D

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    The best way to germinate those bulbs is usually a cup of water in a window or near a bright light. I do this with these bulbs, because it also makes it easy to pick out the bulbs that didn't grow, and return them for good ones (most packs will give instructions on the back for replacements, you should always get what you pay for). Although there are different brands on the market most of the time betta bulbs are various apon species in case you were wondering.
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