10 gallon tank lighting for plants - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care

Nippyfish, can your recommend some good low light plants for my betta tank?
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Fish require a clear day/night cycle to do well. Bettas are no exception to this rule. Since bettas come from tropical locations, the day night cycle should be as close to 12 hours on/12 hours off as possible. This is easily accomplished by buying a light timer. Keeping the lights on for more than 12 hours contributes to excess algae growth. Lighting comes in either fluorescent or incandescent fixtures. Fluorescent fixtures are better for aquariums containing live plants.
Natural light from the sun can be perfect for your betta, but you don’t want your fishy under intense direct sunlight all of the time.
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The key to growing plants is how much light they will receive. If you get a double fluorescent bulb for your 5 gallon tank, you should be able to grow medium to low-light requiring plants.

Anubias (dwarf varieties) Cryptocorynes (short varieties like 'wendtii') Valisneria spirilis, Java Fern and Java moss are all small low light plants. Stem plants like Hornwort, Anacharis and Wisteria will all grow, too, but may grow so fast you might need to keep only the growing tip and discard the older part of the plant.

In my experience, Amazon Swords are pretty tall growing plant that need lots of light. The one exception (or possibly just the only one I've succeeded with) is the Ozelot Sword which has leaves that are mottled red and green when young. It also stays rather short, for a sword plant, so it would fit in a five gallon tank. The other plants I've enjoyed working with are the "betta Bulbs" that are sold as tiny dried tuber in plastic packaging. These are members of the apogeneton family. Different varieties are included in the mix and some of these become very long-lived and beautiful plants.

If your local Petco has a good aquatic section. you should be able to find great plants there. Just make sure the plants you buy are truly aquatic plants. My Petco stores stock many plants that can take very wet conditions but fail if completely submerged. Liriope, Spathiphyllum, Dracaena sanderiana (lucky bamboo) and Pothos/Philodendron are some of these.

Remember that your petco will special order for you if there's a specific type of plant you want but don't find in stock.

(Photo above is my 30 gallon tank. Fish include Yo-Yo Loaches, Harlequin and Espei Rasboras and one Red Tail Black Shark. Plants include Hygrophila 'Temple' (on either end), Wisteria (ferny plant in the center left), Cryptocorynes (center and foreground) and Dwarf Anubias (foreground right). Lighting is double bulb fluorescent in a room with a southern exposure and lots of natural light .)

Best of Luck


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Many Betta lovers do not realize how important correct lighting is for the health of their fish. Not only do Bettas need a , but they also need the to set and keep their biological clock in a natural state. This environment keeps Bettas happy and also determines their patterns for spawning and feeding.Whether or not betta fish need light, is actually a pretty simple question to answer, yet also a fairly complex one. This is really a two sided question, because betta fish do need light, but they also do not need it. First and foremost, betta fish are tropical fish, and tropical places are warm and have lots of sun light, so yes, betta fish do want light, they like it, and they definitely need it during the day time.Turn the light on for at least 8 hours a day, but make sure that the betta fish tank is darkened during night time. Remember, fish have no eyelids so they need to be in a dark environment to get a good night's sleep (and yes, they do sleep!).Moreover, you do want your aquarium to be as close to the real thing as possible and you want it to resemble the betta fish’s environment without question and that means having light. Remember that direct sunlight is not the most ideal thing for your betta fish because too much sunlight can cause excessive algae growth, which can in turn suck all of the oxygen right out of the water. That being said, your best option, and the best thing for your betta fish, is to turn on your aquarium light in the morning and then turn it off at night before you go to bed. This is so that your betta fish can have a stress free environment with a lot of light and regularity.The main purpose of the aquarium light is for you to better-see your aquarium in all its glory. But yes, I would say Betta fish like light. It allows them to see and gives them that all-important internal-clock.