Originally Posted by SageMyster
I was thinking of adding one guppy to my 2.5gal (University tank size restrictions) with my incoming AB betta purchase. What are your opinions? I haven't liked any of the other suggestions I've read in other threads... they all seem kind of... ugly to me. xD;; I love male guppies, especially. Any way this could work out?
Thanks in advance!
If you were to get Shrimp you would need lots of hiding places for them and you'd have to get ones that are at least 1 inch so the betta is less likely to bother them; so if you can't do that don't go for shrimp. Shrimp are hit and miss too, depends on your betta...some will be fine with them and others won't.
Mystery Snails have too much of a bio-load, even young ones. I have mine in a 2.5 tank and to make it work i had to get a Bamboo, Marimo Moss Ball, and Hornwort live plants(all of which absorb MASSIVE amounts of ammonia, nitrate and nitrite -- especially the Bamboo and hornwort); plus i got two other plants(java fern and small swords) to be safe; my levels are always at 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite, 0-10ish ppm nitrate (i check about 2-4 times a week).
IMO the best thing to get is you really want a mate, would be a Zebra Nerite(Snail). Their bio-load is considerably less than that of a Mystery and they stay a lot smaller. I would still suggest getting at least a Moss Ball, Hornwort (let it float or it's bristles will tend to fall off and make a mess - and keep an eye on it's size, you'll likely have to trim it) and maybe one other plant to help keep your water toxin levels safe and where they need to be.