Dobby is in a .5 gal generic fish tank from a hermit crab. There's barely any gravel in it, but it was just to make sure I could keep the little guy alive. All we have so far to go in a tank are 6 mini plastic plants from petsmart.
Since I'm an hour and a half from petsmart on a good day I've requested a trip there as what I want for my birthday. I have a brand new 10 gal thats only been out of the box to make sure it wasn't damaged. All I currently use is a betta water conditioner. I know I would like to add a mystery snail and a few ghost shrimp to the tank as well as a few live plants. I'd like to get and otocinclus at some point perferrably now but if it's not safe to do it now I won't risk my cute little fish friend. Ideally I would like to avoid needing a filter and plan on filling the tank and tracking the temperature for a few days before adding Dobby to make sure it isn't too cold. If I need a heater then its no biggie and I'll get one. I know I'll need something like a sinking pellet for the snail and shrimp and a lot more gravel. I probably won't be going to petsmart until march though so I'd like to make some short of checklist to take with me. Help? Can anyone recommend a colorful fish to add some interest that doesn't have to be in a school?