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Question Thoughts and opinions wanted - stocking a 10 gallon aquarium

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So I've had my Betta fish Dory for about a year now. We started out with a .5 gallon tank, which quickly became a one gallon bowl, which is now a 10 gallon tank (which has been established for a couple of months now). Along the way Tamandani (a mystery snail) who either came to us via previously used substrate or due to some live plants and Speedo (an assassin snail) who most likely appeared in my tank due to one of the same reasons, have joined us. Dory occasionally demonstrates a little interest and curiosity in Tamandani but for the most part ignores his newly acquired tank mantes and friends (Tamandani and Dory have been in the same tank about six months and I first noticed Speedo a couple weeks later). Since Dory doesn't seem to have any problems with other little critters, I'd like to add a few more compatible fish to the tank. Plecos will get too big (for the tank), I don't want another snail (mostly because I'm a little worried that Speedo might take them out - even though I haven't had a problem with him and Tamandani), shrimp are also out (for the same reason), corys need a larger tank...Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Much appreciated! :)

Also, on a slightly different topic, I don't want Speedo to eat Tamandani and am not comfortable with the idea of live feeding. So far, I've had zero problems, I supplement Dory's food with blood worms and I think the surplus/uneaten food might keep him happy. I'm assuming that if he isn't hungry he won't go after the other snail. So, how do I feed a carnivorous snail? Someone suggested putting a small piece of Tilapia in the tank, which I did, and Speedo just ignored it. Any advice?

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I don't want Speedo to eat Tamandani and am not comfortable with the idea of live feeding. So far, I've had zero problems,
This could change at any time, The assassin may never touch the mystery snail or it might, same as keeping tank mates with a Betta, Some Bettas are fine with tank mates some are not, Then there is my girl who was fine with tank mates then snapped and started attacking them. Only time will tell. The only reason I have shrimp in my tank with a betta is because they seem to breed faster than she can eat them, I also have Kuhli Loaches in with her and she only just tolerates them.
I only tell you this so you know what to expect when it comes to Bettas and tank mates, It is the Bettas tank make no mistake there and the Betta decides on who lives with it not the human.
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I'm looking to get pygmy cories, myself, for my 10g tank. They don't get as large as other cories, only 1.2 inches maximum, so they can live in a 10 gallon. But from the researched I've done I gather that they don't always do well with bettas, especially if the bettas start to show signs of aggression towards them. They've very peaceful little fish. Personally I'm making sure I have spare tanks around as a backup just in case none of my bettas mix well with the cories.
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