Originally Posted by southernmdman
cycled it for 2 days before adding a twin tail betta.
Two days? So you are doing a "fish in" cycle. And those are not live plants?
Did you buy a test kit so you will know your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels?
If not, I would recommend that.....
Spec V (I have two of them.... Each has a male betta and a Nerite snail in it) are really to small for anything but Pygmy cory cats, and they prefer groups of 6-10 to be happy. I tried putting some in my first Spec V. The store originally sold 6 of them to me to go in with one of my betas, when I was first starting out. Bad advice from them. Less than a minute in the tank after quarantine and the betta attacked them, mortally injuring two, taking the tail off the third, which, somehow it has survived nearly a year now without a tail.
I hurried and took the betta out, got the cories back into the quarantine tank. That was when I bought my 15 and set it up for nano fish. Had the remaining 4 Cory for many months in that 15 waiting for the store to get more, and they hid all the time. I rarely saw them. The store never got any more in when i was there. Finally a couple weeks ago, I mail ordered in 7 young Pygmy Cory to put with them, and what a difference. Now they are swimming all over, like proper Cory cats.
I have a Nerite snail in with each of my bettas in their Spec Vs. A few pond snails hitchhike in there with plants from my bigger tank, but that is it. I don't have any issue keeping it clean with just a male betta and a Nerite, proper filter care, live plants, and water changes. Of course, it was properly cycled to start with, and I am careful how much I feed the betta and the snail. I don't have much algae so I feed the snail a little so it stays healthy.