If I were to do a 30 gallon sorrority what would be a good combination? A lot of bettas and some bottom feeders? Or like 5-7 bettas and another school of fish and some bottom feeders? I have never kept one before so I was wondering whether or not I should.
TONS of plants (silicone, fabric, silk, live) that are low, medium and tall plants, along with perhaps some floating.
For a 30, you could do with bettas for the top level, a type of fish for the middle level, and bottom feeders such as cories, or even shrimp (with hiding spots!!)
- Head and Tailight Tetra
- Rummy Nose Tetra
Do note all fish tend to wander to the surface or the bottom for scavenging/food or other reasons, so no one will stay in their "level" of the tank... I would avoid long finned, super colorful, or aggressive/nippy fish. Female bettas can be worse than male bettas, and they can gang up on other fish, so keep the colors softer, pastel-like, and fins short!
i think you do need sand with loaches, i think Sakura8 has dojos. maybe they're different, but i'd do sand with loaches! i have sand with my cories. they love it, and so do my snails :)
my 29 gallon sorority has 4 female bettas, 7 zebra danios, 5 bronze cories, a bristlenose pleco, and 3 rabbit snails. aqadvisor says its 99% stocked, so i have to keep up the water changes and testing really well. and i have live plants.
I've had kuhli loaches with and with out sand, I didn't notice any difference with them. They definitely need A LOT of hiding places. haha when I would turn the light off at night they would swim in circles (bottom to top) around the side of the tank. they keep to themselves mostly, probably a great idea with some female betta
In my current 20gal my betta is with a rainbow shark and 2 kuhli loaches. The rainbow shark and betta have never fought ( well maybe a stare-down on the first day, but thats it). Having a rainbow shark will narrow down other tank mate options, i had to remove my rosy red minnows (they were his punching bags) because they looked too much like him. I love kuhli loaches once they lose their shyness and get used to their tank they will zoom around the tank.
Msg, my rainbow is 3" he is territorial to my honey gourami, but for some strange/awsome reason he gets along with the loaches. Im guess its because they are a dull grey color and the gourami is bright orange.