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My 10 gal is almost fully cycled so will be ready for my new fishy soon :D However, having only ever had goldfish before, I am concerned that a betta needs way more hiding spaces to feel secure. I am planning on moving one of my amazon swords into the tank (although it's still quite small currently), I hope to get some elodea also. Although elodea has usually grown well for me, I would prefer to have one or two ornaments to provide permanent hide-away spaces incase of plant disasters!

I can order online without a problem but would prefer to get something locally if possible. I have a lfs but is doesnt show products on the website :(

If anyone has time to nosey through P@H's ornaments and point me in the right direction, that would be great. http://www.petsathom...ank-decoration/

Feel free to post your own links too, though bear in mind I am in the UK ;)

Thanks,

Edit: forgot to mention there are 5 moss balls also in the tank, at least 4 of which are staying there :)

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I don't know if Zoo Med sells in the UK, but they have a ceramic betta log that sits on the bottom of the tank (and has an airhole/exit point on the side) that my bettas like to hang out in occasionally or swim through. They also have a floating betta log made of a plastic compound of some kind, which I have and mine like a lot, but the paint flakes off quite quickly--Captain Findus had these and took them out, as she felt they contributed to the death of her bettas, but mine have been OK with it. If you can find a little, short piece (with smooth ends) of PVC pipe I understand it will float and give them a higher level hidey place and be a simlar kind of thing. At bottom level, you could also add a a small pot on its side. And plants are nice, like you are doing. I have them in all my betta tanks. Java fern, dwarf anubias, water sprite (to provide some floating top cover) and a few random things. They also appreciate a heater sized to the tank to keep the heat at about 78-80 F and some Indian Almond Leaf. :) You'll love bettas! I am a new convert, myself. Watch out--they are like candy! I now have three and three tanks, lol

edit: here is the floating betta log http://www.amazon.co...28354830&sr=1-3

And here's the ceramic log on ebay UK: http://www.ebay.co.u...0-/130508621100

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Well with enough plants he will probably be happy I think. I always finds its less about them wanting to hide and more about wanting surface cover and place to rest :)

Its down to taste on the decor anx the style of the tank youre trying to achieve.

But actually outta the ones on there id go with one of the open urn types:

http://www.petsathome.com/shop/medium-urn-aquarium-ornament-by-coopet-25740

http://www.petsathome.com/shop/terracotta-pot-for-aquariums-by-coopet-42614

Itd really depend on how they look and feel irl. Mostly id look incase theres any way waste/gas could build inside them (i.e. make surre the top is open) or if theres any way he could get stuck or damage his fins.

The resin one looks better initially but if it were me id get the terracotta because itd age well in the water and id grow moss on it.

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Thanks :)

I will have a look in my lfs and see if they have something similar, if not then I'll look at them in P@H and decide which I feel more drawn to.

Will look for something specifically with a hole in the top :)

Not sure what kind of look I am going for, as long as it doesn't look silly (e.g. spongebob decor) I will be happy.

I am hoping my plants will do well but it can be a kind of hit and miss with plants and myself! Just don't want to have to be constantly buying new plants everytime they don't do well. Fingers crossed the sword will be okay with the move. As I said, I usually have good growth with elodea but most recently it died completely (although I got them online this time, normally get them for P@H).

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First of all let me say sorry for all those typos in my last post. I cant type well on my touch screen phone at the best of times but that was an especially bad example haha.

If youve had luck with elodea in the past then go for it! Personally it never did well for me and i was lead to believe it was because my tanks were too warm (26°c) but how true that is i dont know.

There are a few good easy stem plants that might do well if you can get them.

Bacopa caroliniana I always found easy:

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/plantfinder/details.php?id=124&category=category&spec=Aquarium%20and%20Pond%20Plant

I have also found Ludwigia Repens x L.Arcuata pretty invulnerable too:

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/plantfinder/details.php?id=319

With aquarium plants it really seems like theres always a bit of trial and error as to what works for your individual tank. Some people grow certain plants like weeds but then in another tank they get no luck. Theres alot of choice for trop tanks so I think its worth experimenting.

Good luck with whatever you end up with and id love to see pictutes when you have progress :D

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i found with enough plants my Betta's hid in there hides very little, there's always room for a turned on its side small ceramic flower pot,and if you have drift wood my current Betta found that to be his fav spot in the tank :)

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I'm leaning towards an unglazed flower pot, so a visit to the garden center in the next few days, I think. I went to the lfs and P@H today but wasn't impressed by any of the items there. Many were rough edged and was worried he might catch his tail. Other just looked like they would be horrendous to keep clean, tiny little groves and such all over.

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unglazed pots always work ;D

I thought id post this pic (of the only betta in our house, now) just to show you how we keep our fighters. This is Chewy and he is in a 7gal tank which has some teeny valis and anubias in, but mostly just has a loose bunch of hornwort//certaophyllym demersum (

http://www.aquaticpl...tails.php?id=83) floating and filling out the tank:

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Excuse his grumpy "where is the food" face ;D

It used to have alot more open water in there, and he has always been healthy, but he would go rest at the back behind the filter alot, now he is usually just laying around in the greenery, equally happy but way more visible.

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I'm leaning towards an unglazed flower pot, so a visit to the garden center in the next few days, I think. I went to the lfs and P@H today but wasn't impressed by any of the items there. Many were rough edged and was worried he might catch his tail. Other just looked like they would be horrendous to keep clean, tiny little groves and such all over.

:0 you actually have problems of ornaments getting dirty? lol people without tank cleaner fish are silly ;P just pickin

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