Why is it that the fake plants hurt my Betta so bad? How rough can the actually be to the Betta. i tried live plants and that is all the better. I even thought about having floating plants so my Betta can hide.
A live floating plant like hornwort will give the Betta places to hide and rest. Just be sure he has ready access to the water surface, because he needs to get oxygen from air as well as through his gills. If the fake plants are made for aquariums, i sort of doubt they would have enough hard surfaces to hurt the Betta. However, when fish have a parasite or a wound, they will try to scratch on anything that's handy.
So is putting the fake plants a good idea? I have tried 2 times and each time his tail ended up being terribly ripped so i took it out immediately. i will try the the hornwort plant though.
I have heard of fake plants not being suitable for all fish. For example, those telescope eye goldfis- the points on platci plants can pop the eyes.
I would just go with some nice low-light plants. Hornwort, java fern, java moss, and anubias are all nice choices.
Ok, thanks a lot. i was wondering if i could make them work some how but not if it was going to hurt my fish. The 2 times I put them, he had liked to lay on them. put when he would swim away, it would get ripped.
Yes, it's common for bettas to like to rest on plants. I know a lot of bettas like resting on anubias. I know of some people who have used a shower soap bar holder with suction cups. Just cover it in moss, top and bottom for the best look, tie some fishing line around it to keep the moss in place, and suction it to the side of the tank a few inches below the surface.
Some bettas also love stuff like this: http://www.pet-dog-cat-supply-store.com/shop/index.php? page=shop-flypage-32130 a floating betta log. this was just the first link I found, you might be able to find one in a LFS or a better deal online elsewhere.
cool thanks. I do know for a fact that they like to hide and i have plenty of places for him to hide.