A few days ago, i tried getting some dwarf Cory cats for my Betta tank, which is a 5 gallon Fluval Spec V. I thought there were so many plants, my betta would not be able to get to them. WRONG. He attacked immediately, and kept it up. So, he is now in a temporary 2 gallon, with a bowl heater till I can go get another 5 gallon for him next week, and get it cycled.
I knew that it was 50/50 on tank mates, and had the temporary tank ready in case I needed it.
When I set up the new Spec V, I was thinking of black sand or small gravel, instead of the natural color pebbles I have now. I have heard that it makes the Betta colors stand out more.
I would like to know, from others who have tried black substrate, if the poo and dead plant stuff shows up "like a sore thumb" on the black? If so, I might want to go with the natural again.
Is there any substrate that works best for betas in planted tanks?
Thanks so much.