Slime?

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So I've got some live plant cut-offs for my betta tank assuming I'd change them regularly (they're not that expensive and I don't want him to be bored) and I was wondering how long to keep them? It's only been about two - three weeks and they're growing a jungle of roots that my betta finds interesting but I'm worried they're making a lot of slimy residue. The surface water tension seems awfully high, trapping a lot of bubbles (nothing that looks like a bubble nest though) so I've been clearing it with a paper towel every morning. Could my plants be causing this? Should I remove them and get new ones or just keep fake plants?
 
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Honestly not sure what kind of plants these are, or what you mean by melting, they don’t look to be in as good shape as when I bought them though, turning yellow at the bottom.
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I'm not familiar with that species, hopefully someone can identify.
Melting is the leaves turning to a dark transparent mush, as commonly seen with plants that are grown out of water.
 
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Mick Frost said:
I'm not familiar with that species, hopefully someone can identify.
Melting is the leaves turning to a dark transparent mush, as commonly seen with plants that are grown out of water.
Honestly, they probably are starting to melt them, I think I'll end up taking them out anyway. Thanks for your clarification
 

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The slime is biofilm. It’s usually in tanks with plants that doesn’t have good surface agitation.

Don’t scoop it up with a paper towel. Just let the towel sit on the surface and suck in water on its own.
 
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