Hey all! Hopefully I'm posting this in the right place seeing I suppose it's technically about stocking.
Anyhow, I had a question regarding the bioload of a single male betta and a couple of Malaysian trumpet snails. I am currently working on getting a 5g hexagon tank ready to house a male betta and, after discovering how pretty pool filter sand is when I put it in the 29g I converted to a planted community tank, I used some of the leftover sand as substrate in my 5g.
Now, I was going to look at some of the chain stores around here to see if maybe I could pick up a couple of trumpet snails for my 29g seeing I've read nothing but good things about them in a planted, sand-bottom aquarium (aside from them breeding like rabbits if the food's good, but I tend to be pretty careful about not overfeeding). However, I also wanted to put some in my 5g to aerate the sand and tend to any decaying leaves on the live plants I have in there (which currently consist of some hornwort, anacharis, and a small bit of crypt lutea that broke off of the main plant I got and has been growing nicely).
About how many should I put in there with a single male betta as a tank mate to avoid overdoing the bioload? I'm aware you can kind of push the limit if you are willing to do daily/every-other-day water changes, but seeing this tank is going to be my little aquarium away from home in my dorm this fall, between classes and coming home during some weekends I don't want to risk the health of the tank and fish by being unable to keep up with such frequent water changes.
I do have a Hagen Elite sponge filter
(which I'm hoping I set up right; I only have experience with HOB filters, but I didn't want to risk my boy's fins), and I am building up the plant population, so that should help.
I just have no idea how much waste these little snails produce xD
I was also considering shrimp seeing I think the little guys are adorable, but after reading some other experiences with bettas eating the little guys, I'm not sure if I want to risk that. I might just pop a couple in my 29g planted, though does anyone know how well some of the more common species get along with tetras, a clown pleco, and a redtail black shark? (My full current stock can be seen under my tanks. I'm aware the tetra schools are terribly small; I had losses from less-than-healthy stock and I've been waiting to get more until my QT tank is up and running so I can avoid any issues in the display).
Kind of went off topic at the end, but I figured hey, why not ask while I'm typing xD