Fish Bowl Plants: Keeping Betta Fish In Water-Based Houseplant Container

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By Liz Baessler

Are you interested in a houseplant with a twist? Or do you have a fishbowl that’s looking a little sparse? Fish bowl plants are very popular right now, and they’re very easy to do. Keep reading to learn about keeping betta fish in water-based houseplant environments.

Keeping Betta Fish in Water-Based Houseplant

Fish bowl plants are good for everyone involved. They make for a nice decoration for you, and they give your fish something to explore, hide in, and rest on. It’ll make both your lives more interesting.


The first thing to ask yourself when you’re keeping betta fish in water-based houseplant environments is if you want to use live or fake plants. Both are fine, but you need to take some things into consideration.

If you’re using fake plants, make sure they don’t have any sharp edges to them. Rinse them thoroughly with hot water first. Try to avoid fabric plants, as these usually have wire in them that can hurt your fish.

If you want to use live plants, you have two options – either underwater aquarium plants that will live in the tank with your fish, or land plants that will stick up out of the tank with just the roots submerged.

What Types of Plants Do Betta Fish Like?

If you want to use live plants for a betta fish, make sure you pick one that’s safe. Java ferns and Chinese evergreen are two underwater plants that work well with betta fish.

If you want to try the fish bowl with plant on top method, peace lilies and philodendrons are good choices. Remove the plant from its pot and, in a big bucket full of water, carefully work all the soil away from the roots. Carefully cut the roots into a size and shape that will fit in your tank and still give your betta plenty of room to swim.

Care for your fish as normal, changing out the water as necessary.

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