Bringing Betta Buddies By
Hey all. The wife and I have slowly been cobbling together a little home for the Betta fish. We just can't seem to leave him alone and keep adding things. We went from a 1.5 gallon tank almost immediately to a 10 gallon tank. We've added some fake plants here and there, and a large rock or two.
After about a week, he was looking lonesome in the tank so we thought about getting Neon Tetras. We were a bit concerned about how he'd do with other fish. A number of people here recommended snails, so we hit up the local store and purchased three. We thought they were Zebra Snails (they had stripes!) but on getting home and doing the diligence we probably should've done BEFORE buying them, we discovered we were the proud owner of three adult Ramshorn Snails.
Our Betta (the Highlander) darted around them a few times like he was inspecting them, then promptly ignored them from then on and ever since. The snails climb all over the place and haven't seemed to prove a nuisance, even when they climb very close to the Highlander.
Today we decided to go ahead on the Neon Tetra. We hit up our pet store and bought eight of them. We adjusted the fake plants in the tank so there'd be ample hiding spots and introduced them. The Highlander chases them off if they swim too close to him but otherwise has picked random corners to go sulk in. The Tetras are dancing around the whole tank excitedly, and it's exciting to see them so active. I confess feeling a little bad for the Highlander, but I think he'll acclimate okay.
Something odd happened though. We'd been watching the Neon Tetra nonstop when my wife pointed out she could only see seven. We both searched around the tank and couldn't find the eighth. My suspicion is that the Betta killed it, but... it's too big for him to have gobbled down. Especially since we were watching the entire time. And he couldn't have just killed him and left him there, there's no body. We checked the water filter, through the plants... I'm at a loss. Well, whatever the case, he may just show up later.
From here, we've decided our next step is replacing the blue gravel and fake plants with soil, sand and saw Dwarf Grass and some Amazon ... Swords? Blades? The taller ones. Maybe some other plantlife too.
Again, we have trouble leaving him and his home alone.
So, we'll post again if there's an issue between the Highlander and the Neon Tetra. He gets along fine with the Ramshorn, so I don't think that there'll be any issue, but teeny fish are a very different thing from giant shelled behemoths.
~Michael and Lashelle
Postscript: We named the Ramshorn Snails "The Borg" on account of them all looking the same and the slow, tireless persistence that they move with (Resistance is Futile). The Neon Tetra we're called "The Zerg" with how they swarm and dart so quickly. They're both nerdy sci-fi references, probably cluing into what sorts we are. :D