Trading my Fluval Edge for a 10 gallon so I can start a community tank! Suggestions?
I have a Fluval Edge that I got at the LFS before it closed down for $35. However pretty it is, it has some major design flaws that make fish keeping tough. So I am trading it with a local fishkeeper for a full 10 gallon setup.
I currently have 4 tetras (two black, two orange) and 1 new betta in separate small tanks. Can I combine them into a community tank? Should I be trading those tetras for all of a single schooling species since there are so few of each?
Can I turn it into a planted tank, or do I need things like CO2 injection? What are good starter plants, and what is required for their upkeep?
The best tank mates for bettas are cory cats. They're small, peaceful bottom-dwellers. Personally, I wouldn't add the tetras. Any tetra species needs 6+ to be happy. And 2 each of 2 different kinds won't satisfy that. Also, some species are very nippy and most are very quick which can stress a betta out. Another good species would be a trio of platys. They're bright and easy to keep. Every betta is different though. He may get along with tankmates, he may not. Or he might get along with one species and not another.
You can definitely plant it! There are many easy to keep plants. The best starter plants are java fern, anubias, marimo ball, anarchis, java moss and wisteria. These are all low light, hardy plants. No need for CO2. Fertilizer is always appreciated, but not necessary. They are more forgiving of incorrect lighting as well. The anubias, java moss, and java fern do best attached to driftwood (and look gorgeous) These are plants that can basically live with no additional care. I do like to add fertilizer and get the correct spectrum of lighting. You can read the plant sticky too. Lots of good information :)
As long as they get along, it should be fine :) Just be sure to get either all females, all males, or 1 male and 2 females. They do breed like rabbits, so if you don't want babies to deal with, get all the same gender. And I would get the tank cycled before adding the platys.
Yeah, I left about a half inch at the top and my betta was okay in it, but didn't thrive so I got him a regular 5 gallon. I really just want a small community tank that can sit on my desk, considering I will probably be moving, possibly cross country, in May.