Sometime this weekend/early next week, I'll be picking up all the supplies I need to put together a 10 gallon tank for a betta (and later some other stuff). I read through the oldfishlady sticky, and it had a lot of good information, but I still have a few questions:
Would a NPT have a lid? I'm guessing not, since the light needs to get in, but what do you replace it with to avoid the betta or other fish from jumping out?
What all animals can be introduced as soon as the tank is set up, including water, plants, hardscale, etc.? Can I introduce a betta, shrimp, and snails immediately?
What non-fish should I be adding? I've seen a lot about shrimp and snails. What species should I be looking for?
Any other tips not mentioned in the first couple pages of the sticky?