(Closed) Betta Vases

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’re talking about betta fish, just a warning, bees are VERY against live centerpieces… You may get some very harsh responses.

Post # 5
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Not sure how much you are wanting to spend or if they’ll affect the fish or anything but floating orchids could be REALLY pretty and would go with your beach theme.

Post # 7
4478 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’d be very careful of what plants you put in there – you never know what kind of pesticides they’ve been treated with.  I heard a story of a wedding that did betta vases with cala lilies, and all the fish went belly up during the wedding.  


As an aside note, I strongly discourage using Betta vases.  Bettas are probably one of the most abused fish in the aquarium hobby, because most people don’t know what the fishes needs are.  Bettas are really tough and hard to kill, so they’re often kept in unsuitable conditions, but manage to survive in spite of that.  These fish don’t belong in vases, and I’m assuming you’ll send them home as favors, in which case most of your guests aren’t going to give the fish the care it needs.  A betta should be in a heated, filtered tank of at least 2 gallons.  Put the fish in a setup like this, add live plants, and you get a completely different fish from the dead looking things you see in pet stores.  How many people do you think will actually invest in this setup?  I’m going to guess not many.  Please consider something that doesn’t involve live creatures.


If you do go for the betta vases anyways (which I hope you don’t), I’d recommend marimo balls.  They’re balls of algae.  They’ll sit on the bottom, will have a minimalist look, and at least will provide some natural filtration for the fish.  Also, if you do go this route, make sure there’s open space at the top of the vase.  Bettas need surface access in order to breathe.  The fish can actually drown if it doesn’t get air access.  And if you can choose a container, choose as big a vase as possible, or even better, a fish drum.  And make sure that whatever water’s used gets treated with dechlorinating solution first!  Skip dechlorinating solution, and you will have a bunch of dead fish at your wedding.

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