That sound like a good plan! I wouldn't recommend Ghost Shrimp,simply because the ones that I have had mess with my bettas.
Awesome! The two ghost shrimp I had last generally left my bettas alone. Tiny Tina was chasing her shrimp around and eventually had him as a snack though. He would just run away and hide, but she always found him. I never saw the shrimp trying to bully them.
Both of my divided tanks have a male and female on each side- they will FREAK OUT for a week or so, but they soon get used to each other, so don't panic at first.
Okay, good. Just wanted to make sure! I only want what's best for my bettas, and if I couldn't do that, I don't know what I'd do. I can't leave them here when I go to college because no one will take care of them, and all my friends are going away too. My only other option would be to bring them back to the fish store. :( And I don't want to do that, ever. They both seem very happy and healthy here with me. I just want to make sure they'll be happy and healthy after I go to college too. I'm hoping they'll not mind each other and be okay.
What do you recommend me to do or add to the tank?
I'm not sure if I should get new decorations or keep the ones they have. The only hiding spots they both have is a terracotta pot and the floating betta log (Patriot) and a sunken ship (Tiny Tina). I'm going to get Tina her own log, as I'm sure she'll love it as much as Patriot does. But I don't know if I should just get completely new decorations for both of them or what. Patriot doesn't really hide in the pot very much. The only times I ever see him in it is after I clean the tank and he explores to check everything out again. Tina uses her ship to hide in when she wants to rest, but I know these little decorations won't be enough in a 10 gallon.
I just don't want upgrading to be so much money, because I will be on my own in college. I know the tank and dividers will be about $25-ish, plus medications (counting on $15-ish) and conditioners ($5 for big bottle?), filter cartridges ($10-ish), test kits ($15?), light bulbs for the plants ($5?), and possibly a second heater ($15). Then I need to get new substrate, since the gravel I have for them is two different colors and I'd rather stick with something more natural for both of them. Would sand be a good idea? I know sand isn't really that expensive, but I need something that the plants can grow in. What would you guys recommend I get as a substrate?
It's already going to be about $100 for the tank and everything I need for it. Are plants expensive? Are there any cheap and easy to care for plants you guys would recommend? I haven't had plants before. :(