I am thinking of purchasing a betta for my 10 gallon tank. It was originally supposed to be a nursery tank, but the fish keep having the babies before I can get to them and get them moved!
Soooo, since I already have the tank up and cycling, I figured I'd fill 'er up! I had a big patch of artificial breeding grass in there and will be moving that to my 29 gallon for the guppies and mollies. I will need to fill that space up. I have a few questions; what kind of plants do bettas like? Tall? bushy? low? They like most plants, but also plants with broad leaves they can rest on. And moss, mine rest on the moss.
Names would be awesome. Anubias, anacharis, java ferns, java moss, amazon swords, etc.
I have hard water, very hard in fact, will that be okay for my betta or should I purchase a softening agent for him/her? What kind of softener? It should be fine, so I would avoid any chemicals that change the hardness. Same goes for ph btw
What kind of tank mates would one suggest? My LFS (I'm learning the lingo here
) usually has a wide assortment of tetra, a few kinds of cories (julii - is the only one that pops in my head) Platys, plecos, bamboo shrimp, ghost shrimp, some catfish - just off the top of my head. Would any of those guys work? Not the plecos, and I don't really recommend tetras because they can be nippy.
I dont want fights and injuries, but I dont want my new fishy friend to be lonely either. Bettas don't get lonely, they are solitary and will do just find alone. They don't have a need for companionship
. Would it be in the fish's best interest to introduce the tank mates BEFORE getting the betta? Or would the betta be the first fish I buy? Tanks mates first.
I ask because I am told they can be quite territorial. If I have plants would my betta also like hiding decorations like caves? Or would that be more for the tank mates? Well if there is only one cave the betta could become aggressive over it, so I suggest a few caves/hidey spots. Also if you get the cories (which need sand btw) I suggest getting a floating betta log so he can have a place away from the bottom dwellers.
The filter I have in the 10 gallon is a simple sponge filter, because it was originally supposed to be a fry tank, would this work for my betta? Yes, although the water change schedule will depend on whether the filter has developed the nitrogen cycle. If you get tank mates, I suggest upgrading the filter to something more equipped to handle the bioload.
I have the tank adjacent to a window, for the natural sunlight - without being in the direct path of the sunlight, do bettas need any special kind of lighting? No.
I also have some regular gravel in the tank, is that okay or would I need to get a different kind? Okay for bettas, but if you get any tank mates like cories you need to get something smoother/softer like sand
. Is there any special food requirements besides betta pellets? Well for optimum health it is best to include a variation of foods in a betta's diet. Mine get two types of pellets, microworms, blackworms, frozen brine shrimp, frozen mysis and the occasional crushed snail.
I read the profile on this site, but no information is as good as the stuff from people who have different experiences with all of these variables. I agree!
Incase you cant tell, I am EXTREMELY new to the aquatic world and am having WAY too much fun with all of this. Any and all advice, warnings, or otherwise is greatly appreciated - I look forward to hearing from all of you.