Are you looking for a way to spruce up your Betta fish tank?
One of the easiest ways to improve your Betta tank is to add live plants.
Live plants will help recreate your Betta’s natural environment, stabilize the water parameters, control algae and even give your Betta a fun place to hide and rest.
When properly set up and maintained, live plants will ensure your Betta will live a long, healthy and stress free life for years to come.
If you are unsure which plants would be best suited for your Betta this guide will show you the best live plants for Betta fish along with care, planting and maintenance instructions for each plant.
- The 6 BIG Benefits Of Using Live Plants
- 5 Drawbacks To Keeping Betta Fish And Live Plants
- Best Betta Fish Plants For Your Aquarium
The 6 BIG Benefits Of Using Live Plants
Are Live Plants Good For Betta Fish?
Short answer, Yes! Most definitely.
In fact, to help you understand all the reasons why you may want to add live plants to your tank, we have highlighted 6 of the biggest benefits to using live plants in your Betta tank.
Using Live plants will add a natural feel to your tank that your Betta will love.
Live plants will also provide a more natural environment for your Betta fish, helping them feel more secure and comfortable in their surroundings.
Additionally, you won’t have to worry about your Betta damaging his beautiful fins like you do with fake plants.
2. Great Looking:
No matter how good plastic or silk plants may look, there is no substitute for live plants. Live plants will grow and spread, giving your Betta tank an awesome natural look.
3. Control Algae
Live plants can also help keep algae levels down by utilizing some of the excess nutrients in the tank.
4. Added Filtration
In addition to helping prevent algae, most live plants help eliminate harmful toxins from your tank keeping your Betta healthy and happy.
5. Water Stability
Live Plants will feed on the ammonia and nitrites produced by your fish and its waste helping keep the water clean.
Also, some live plants can help stabilize the PH levels of your water, just be sure you know what effect each plant can have on your water parameters.
Betta fish love to hide and rest on live plants and will sometimes even nibble on them. However, will not eat plants regularily because they are carnivores.
5 Drawbacks To Keeping Betta Fish And Live Plants
Although there are many benefits to keeping live plants, there are also a few drawbacks. Below we have compiled a few to consider.
1. Extra Maintenance
If unkept, live plants could die off and decay, dead plants will slowly release amonia and become toxic. The trick here is to ensure you keep a regular maintenance schedule that includes caring for your plants.
2. Lighting Requirements
Depending on the plant you decide to get you may need a specific light range.
Some plants need specific nutrients, CO2 and substrate in order to flourish. Be sure to research each plant before you decide to add it to your Betta’s tank.
Some plants can grow really fast and will quickly take over your Betta tank. Again, be sure to keep a regular maintenance schedule.
If not treated, some plants could transfer disease, bacteria and/or little unextpected friends, like snails. Be sure to quarantine any live plants before you add them to your tank.
So What Plants Are Good For Betta Fish?
Even with drawbacks keep in mind there are many plants that are great for Betta tanks. To help you decide which live plant is best for your Betta we included care instructions next to each plant description below.
We also tried to only include live plants that would be considered low maintenance, hardy and don’t require any special lighting or fertilizer.