This Anchor Aquatic Garden Vase makes the perfect home for a Betta fish and a water loving plant. The vase measures approximately 5 3/4" x 11" and comes with a project sheet to help you create your garden. The kit includes the vase, project sheet, and plastic saucer.
Prepare the water first. Once you have added the bottled water or de-chlorinated water and it's room temperature and you are certain it's ready, you may proceed to add your Betta Fish. After adding the Betta, let the fish acclimatize for a couple of days before adding the Spath plant, or any aquatic plant.
Detailed Instructions and Items Needed to create Aquatic Garden Vase as showing in the above image:*
Aquatic Garden Vase (with plastic saucer) included with purchase.
1 Male Betta Fish with fish food (sold separately)
6" Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) (sold separately)**
1 Gallon Water (Must be bottled, no chlorine) (sold separately)
*Substitute colors from your own home decor, for a coordinated look, for example: Red Betta, red ribbon, red marbles/gemstones.
**May substitute another water-loving plant such as Dieffenbachia or Philodendron.
Betta Fish Care Tips:
Betta fish like warmer temperature water. But do not set directly on top of a heating unit. Keep out of drafts. Don't fill the vase completely full of water or fill up so full of roots that the fish cannot get to the top of the water. Believe it or not, fish have to come up for air. There must be a clear open space in the top of the vase for them to be able to do this.
All tropical fish like to have at least a quarter of their water changed weekly. It must be room temperature when added. Again, if you use tap water, be sure to treat it as shown on the bottle of the de-chlorinator.
Betta fish love to eat brine shrimp, pinches of Betta food or freeze-dried bloodworms; therefore a mixed variety of these will suite them best. Feed a minimum of twice a week. In an Aquatic Garden Vase this fish prefers to live alone. They aren't called Betta Fighting Fish for nothing!
How to Care for your Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) if you choose to have one:
A spath is perfect for this project because it is very water loving and doesn't like to be in direct sunlight. Trim off excessive roots so the fish doesn't get tangled in them*. Your plant should do very well as a fish vase centerpiece.
Pull the Spath plant from its container and shake off all the excess dirt that you can. Rinse roots thoroughly. Your fish vase must have extremely clean water for the fish to survive. (This may take several rinsing - no dirt residue can remain!)
Cut about a 2" hole in the plastic saucer (included with vase). (This is generally done to one side to leave an open place for the fish to come to the surface and breathe, and yet not get tangled in the roots.)
Place the layer of marbles or gemstones in the bottom of the vase. Fill the vase with the bottled or treated water up to above 1" to 2" under the neck of the vase. (Remember to leave an air space for the fish to breathe). Add the Betta Fish to the water. Take it easy!!
It's recommended to let the fish acclimatize for a couple of days before adding the plant, You can do this sooner, but sometimes it tends to be too much for the fish.
Place the roots of the Spath through the hole you cut in the saucer. Once through, tuck the roots into the neck of the vase. Fill the saucer with the marbles or gemstones to help give it some weight and keep it in place. (Remember to keep this vase away from direct sunlight or heat).
If desired, wrap the ribbon around the vase and tie ends or make a bow. Cut off excess tails of the ribbon.
Ta-dah!! Your Betta fish vase garden centerpiece will be the hit of your home.
*NOTE: As roots grow, trim as needed to prevent Betta from getting tangled in them. This will not harm the plant.
See the video below of the beautiful blue Betta fish. Notice the beautiful blue aquarium gems throughout the aquarium. Also we have the 5 gallon hexagon acrylic aquariums available for $59.99. It's a complete kit with filter, dechlorinator, fish food, hood, and light. A very nice little set up for beginners and everyone! Contact us to special order one, shipping only takes a couple of days.
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