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Old 06-23-2013, 10:12 PM   #1 
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Question divided 10gal whats good company for bettas

i have two bettas and one of them is not compatible with ghost shrimp, eats them up, the other is fine ignores them until feeding time when he/she tries to snatch the shrimps rations but is not aggressive or nippy or anything like that with the shrimp
so what can i get to help with poop and sunken food on the shrimp eaters side
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:20 AM   #2 
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I would try to go with some kuhli loaches. Mine were fine in a 10g and I'm sure they can bury under the divider if they want to [without moving it for the bettas to get through]. Kuhli loaches are GREAT scavengers and all my fish just leave them alone. They only get 4" [except when you have random ones that exceed that ... I have an 8" long solo black kuhli in my 40gB]. I would suggest 2 or 3 of them for that one side. They should be fine. I have 5 of them in my 20gL community, but, IMO, they don't need groups. They mainly ignore each other and do their own things. They're always alone and on opposite sides of the tank just scavenging. Look into them. They're $2 each at petsmart. Hope this helps. :)
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:11 AM   #3 
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I would try to go with some kuhli loaches. Mine were fine in a 10g and I'm sure they can bury under the divider if they want to [without moving it for the bettas to get through]. Kuhli loaches are GREAT scavengers and all my fish just leave them alone. They only get 4" [except when you have random ones that exceed that ... I have an 8" long solo black kuhli in my 40gB]. I would suggest 2 or 3 of them for that one side. They should be fine. I have 5 of them in my 20gL community, but, IMO, they don't need groups. They mainly ignore each other and do their own things. They're always alone and on opposite sides of the tank just scavenging. Look into them. They're $2 each at petsmart. Hope this helps. :)
alright thanks for tip
i went ahead and got a mystery snail today but i might get a pair of loaches tired of siphoning every water change
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:32 AM   #4 
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Well, you still have to clean the gravel. There's still going to be poop. Just, be careful that you don't kill a loach while you're vacuuming the gravel. I learned that the hard way ... :(
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im still gonna siphon the gravel but probably once of month or something like that because i noticed the ghost shrimp side has far less food and poop specs
what siphon do you use?
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:49 AM   #6 
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I use just the plain ole Lee's gravel vac, self siphoning. I crammed it down in the gravel too quickly. I would suggest knowing where the kuhlis are, the sticking the gravel vac in and stirring it around in the gravel. Once a month sounds good.
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your kuhlis dont have a problem with gravel?
how fast does the siphon drain your water?
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The siphon drains a 10g fully within 2 minutes. My kuhlis LOVE burying themselves in the gravel. My gravel isn't jagged, so they're fine with it. They also love to hide underneath my terra cotta pots. You can put one in there on each side for the bettas to hide/sleep in. The holes in the bottom never cause a problem for me (3 years of keeping terra cotta pots and pieces with bettas and other fish), but the kuhlis love them and will slip right through them. They love digging under the gravel and pressing themselves underneath the pots. If you do use pots, make sure that they're brand new and have been boiled for at least 10-20 minutes.
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where did you buy your pots?
do you know the fish load rule? i think it was 1 fish per gal
right now its 2 bettas 3 ghost shrimp and 1 mystery snail
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:40 AM   #10 
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The only problem with khuli loaches in a divided 10 gallon tank is that they need to be in groups of 3-6. So the minimum you could get is 3 for each side. They get to be up to 4" so having only 5 gallons each might be too small of a space. Petsmart advises a 10 gallon tank, but since yours is divided they don't have enough room.
Get a nerite snail. They will eat leftover stuff on the bottom plus algae if you ever have any. They have a low bioload for a snail and their eggs won't hatch in fresh water.
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