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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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tank mates for my 14 gallon npt

starting my npt soon with 1 male betta, 14 gallon tank.. using miracle grow organic soil with play sand cap and plenty of plants in there to fill up the tank

i am going to get 2 adfs, so far thats all i know ..

id like some snails to help keep the soil in check and id like something to help with the algea

can anyone reccomend good fish or shrimp or snails that will go well in this size npt and will all play a role in keeping the eco system running smoothly and will all do some kind of a job in the tank

im not really lookin for any snails that will multiply like crazy and take over my tank as i dont really want to be taking out 50 snails a week manually, if there is a fish that will eat the snails for me then i would be fine with them snails i guess

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Nerite, Apple, Assassin and Pygmy Cories.
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how many of each?? all of them snails together or just 1 out of the 3 types? how many cories?
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what about shrimp?
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5 Cories Never put the assassins with other snails they eat them. Nerites are good for algae. Apples create a lot of ammonia.
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what about shrimp?
Some Bettas love to eat shrimp. Ghost shrimp is your Best bet.
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Tiger or Zebra nerite Snails, they will not breed in freshwater but black water. They are the excellent algae eaters in my opinion.

Cherry Shrimps could be a good addition if your betta has a tamed personality..
Those are expensive shrimps but if you want the cheaper shrimps, get the feeder ghost shrimps, they cost like 33 cents each.

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Backwater is freshwater snails prefer higher PHs.
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if the betta eats the shrimp i dont mind,as long as they are cheap shrimp,no idea if my betta is tamed,hes been alone since i got him from petco.

if i have all these plants and i have 5 cories and also snails will there be enough algea for everything to eat??

how many snails should i buy if i get just assasins and will they do naything good for my tank?

same question for nerites,how many should i put in the tank?

as for apples i dont think ammonia should be a problem if i have a soil planted tank the plants will chew up the ammonia?

whats the shrimps role in all of this,do they just eat fish poop,will they be competing with the plants for food,what role do they play other then the small ones being fun for the betta to hunt
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I would get three or five assassins they have beautiful shells. If you develop a pond snail problem assassins will help. If they breed them they breed very slowly.
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