working on getting live plants, however I am trying to figure out their care and such, I-- I don't have a green thumb so even cactuses die on me :/ ... and I follow exact instructions lol. Perhaps I'm too methodic. I'm trying to safe for a moss ball :D they look nice, fun for bettas and shrimp. Also driftwood. Cause... it's not live LOL.
Also I'm starting to wonder if I indeed have ghost shrimp or amano shrimp lol
. Seriously hardy. (Cactuses, surprisingly, are not
Moss balls are good, too. Marimo
for shrimp and java
for the betta.
are also easy choices.
Personally, I just toss 'em in and fertilize once a week. If they don't grow for me, they don't join the family. No more logical to try to keep a plant or animal that's incompatible with you than to try to keep an incompatible lover.
If you feel like your rocks are large enough for food to get stuck in, then they probably are. My shrimp have a mixed substrate of sand, pea gravel, peat and river rock, and they seem to spend the most time on the sandier patches. I've also switched a couple of my bettas to sand from river rock and they seem less paranoid than before... the male used to always hover an inch above the bottom, and the female used to hang head down and peer into every gap in the rocks, constantly, as if she were sure there was some delicious morsel hiding there. I have a male HMPK who acts the same way, but not so obsessively... just an occasional turn around the bottom. He's my shrimp smasher. Beautiful but mean as a demon
Keep in mind that my advice is based on my successes and failures with Ghost Shrimps. I can't actually tell you anything about Amanos, as I've never been able to get my hands on them, although I do assume, from what I've read, that there isn't a -huge- difference