Re: NANFA-- Small Fish Tanks

Jay DeLong (
Sat, 04 Jan 2003 21:25:33 -0800

At 11:40 PM 1/4/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>A fad has kinda swept the hospital where I work. These glass vases with
>hydroponically grown plants- usually spathiphyllum (Peace Lilies) in a
>small pot filled with marbles and the roots dangling into the water. Who
>could ever have imagined the perfect mini- habitat for Betta splendens.
>Certainly beats keeping the poor things in pint sized bowls!

Jeff, the sad truth is that these are often advertised as no-care-needed
self-contained systems. The people selling these are misinformed and
trained to tell you the fish poops and the plant gets nourishment, which
stimulates root growth and the Betta nibbles on the roots for its own

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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