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    Does anyone have a Betta housed with plastic plants and/or aquarium ornaments? If so, have you had any problems with this as far as injuries to the Betta or his fins?

    I know a lot of reading suggests using silk plants or real plants, but I figured plastic was the easiest and cheapest way to go. I also have tank ornaments (2 of them) so I'm not sure if this is going to be a problem.

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    I have a plastic plant but mostly silk plants.They are much softer and will not hurt your betta.
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    I've heard plastic plants tend to rip their fins, but I have no experience with it. Mine is housed with all real plants, which is very easy. So far I haven't had to do anything to care for them other than removing diatoms and occasional pruning. The betta supplies plenty of nutrients for them, but if I need to I'm ready to put some root tabs in.

    For decorations I have a plastic root system, a rather controversial piece of have in an aquarium but I've never had any problems with it. Some fish swim down and into them and because they're hollow down to the roots they tend to get stuck. I know some people have filled them in with substrate to prevent that, but my betta loves to sit out and watch from inside and I'm afraid if I fill up a part of it it'll be too much that he can't turn around it. I've personally never had a problem with them, but because so many people have I won't recommend it without a warning. It looks great, and he loves it. For other decorations anything will work so long as it doesn't have anything that his fins can snag on. Almost any aquarium-safe toy is betta-safe.
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    Be careful on using them! i recommend silk plants or much better live plants
    a bettas fins are very delicate so sharp edges can tear them.

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    It really depends on the brand and type of plastic plant. I have several plastic plants that give way to the fish swimming by them much easier than my silk ones, yet I also have plastic plants which are hard and pointy as stone and would just rip a Betta's fins to shreds. Just be careful when selecting. The fish should be able to push the plant without any effort at all.
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    Maybe just run your hand over any plants and decorations for sharp edges. I'd probably just go with silk plants.

    If you are gonna have a light on the tank, you could always try a low light plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by korith
    Maybe just run your hand over any plants and decorations for sharp edges. I'd probably just go with silk plants.

    If you are gonna have a light on the tank, you could always try a low light plant.
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    Agree you need to check for any sharp edges on the plastic plants. If there is any part at all that feels pointy I'd ditch the plant. Silk plants are about the same price as plastic ones and live plants have so many benefits for the aquarium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellie816
    figured plastic was the easiest and cheapest way to go.
    plants like java ferns and anubias are failry inexpensive (especially if you can find someone who grows them locally) and very easy to care for. not only will they provide safe hiding places for your betta, but they will also help stabilize your water parameters. i would definitely suggest looking into some easy to care for, low light plants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aspects
    plants like java ferns and anubias are failry inexpensive (especially if you can find someone who grows them locally) and very easy to care for. not only will they provide safe hiding places for your betta, but they will also help stabilize your water parameters. i would definitely suggest looking into some easy to care for, low light plants.
    Well, the only place that sells live plants within a few hours of my house is Meijers. And of course they didn't know jack when I asked them. I have the aquarium hood that takes two of those smaller, clear bulbs. When I looked at the bulbs for plants they were the flourescent kind that were long, and I don't want to buy a whole separate hood from that. My tank is not in an area where it will receive any sunlight at all, and not much light from the house either. Most all of the light will be from the hood. I didn't think that plants would survive with just regular clear bulbs. The guy at the store had no idea about the light requirements of the plants (don't they know *anything* about what they sell??) so I got frustrated and ditched the idea. LOL So that's how I ended up with plastic plants! The silk ones were actually a decent amount more than the plastic, and they didn't have any tall ones- just small and medium. I wanted some tall ones to level out the look. I also have been bouncing back and forth about which fish to get... I wasn't completely sold on the idea of a Betta when I purchased the plants.

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