Looking for good ground-cover plant for a 5 gallon betta tank...

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by sahmadi, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. sahmadiNew MemberMember

    Hello all!

    I've nearly finished cycling my 10 gallon fish tank! Woot woot! :;banaman

    I'm filling it up halfway (so 5 gallons), and it has a quality heater as well as a light filter that I'll put pantyhose over if need be.

    I took off two 15 watt full spectrum daylights from my 55 gallon tank, and can use either one or two (they fit almost perfectly!)

    So I need recommendations for
    1) A ground cover plant
    2) Substrate (preferably cheap, but it's only for a 10 gallon, so if it's a bit pricey, it's ok)
    3) If I will need CO2 injection (and if it's safe for the betta or not)
    4) Any other tips :)

    Thanks so much!
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012
  2. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    So you're going to be using two 15 watt bulbs on this tank? That's a bit overkill. With that much light you might need co2. I'm sure you could get away with 1 bulb. Anubias and Naja are easy to grow.

    I like sand for substrate. I know petco has some black sand for about $8 if I remember correctly.
  3. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    Echinodorus Tenellus is a great foreground plant. It goes by the common name "pygmy chain sword". Under the right conditions it spreads like wildfire, creating a carpet across the tank bottom.
  4. EasyNew MemberMember

    Does it stick to the bottom? What kind of lighting is required? And as asked before any special items needed?

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  5. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    It's a rooted plant that will spread by sending out runners. You need moderate to high light. It appreciates root tab fertilizers. Hope this helps :)

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