Originally Posted by Nish
what kind of shrimp would you recommend?
I just bought a 3 gallon tank last Saturday.... along with a heater and 3 shrimp. Oh, and a silk plant. The shrimp are Ghost Shrimp and they go wonderfully in the tank. 1. They're adorable 2. They clean up the surface of the gravel 3. They provide entertainment for Omelette. He bit down his tail to a nub and it's growing back... no more boredom! He's very laid-back so if your betta is aggressive, I don't recommend keeping him with shrimp. He will eat them xD Omelette still takes a peck at them once in a while, but they pinch him with their bitty claws so he keeps his distance most of the time.
They are nice little shrimp. So active, always eating. But when they're not eating, they're cleaning themselves. They take their little claws and rub themselves all over! SO CUTE!
Anyway... You could get 4 or 5 ghost shrimp for your tank, provided you have some sort of aeration. You also need plenty of plants (They LOVE java moss...) and some little hideaways for the vulnerable molting times because the shrimp can be nommed on by fish and others. Anyway... I would get a max of 3 because I personally like to name them and be able to recognize them on sight ^_^
Cherry shrimp can be kept in larger numbers because they aren't territorial. Maybe start with a couple of males and females and just let them breed, since they do so very easily. They need the same plants/hideaways as ghost shrimp. They have the same diet: plants, algae, uneaten fish food. Same temp as your betta would like.
Nerite snails are neat little snails who won't bother your fish. If you have sand a Ramshorn snail will burrow into the sand and release any bad gases trapped in there.
Good luck :)