I have a 4 gallon heated drum bowl, lighted with a desk lamp that gives off some added heat. It doesn't have a filter and I don't plan on putting one in. I will be getting a better heater soon, though.
All that's in the tank is natural colored gravel, a fake plant, a terracotta pot, the heater, and a floating log for my betta.
I wanted to know if it would be okay to put a ghost shrimp in the tank with him? Would it be beneficial? I think my betta would be okay with having a tank mate, especially one that would be hard to see. He hardly flares at his reflection. I actually have a hard time getting him to flare at all, and he isn't aggressive towards my fingers when I reach in to move something, or pluck out food he doesn't eat.
I only want the ghost shrimp so it'll eat the food Patriot misses and it would keep it clean. I've been keeping up on water changes, but the heater gets slimy sometimes, and it would be nice to have something to clean the algae for me so I don't have to scrub the walls of the tank as often.
What else do ghost shrimp eat? Would it clean up the fish poo too?
The ghost shrimp are cheap, so I can easily get one, but I'm just concerned that I might overstock the tank. If I do get a ghost shrimp, I'd like to just get one, as two might be a bit too much and one or the other might not get as much food as they need.
Is it a good idea, or a bad one? Again, the bowl is 4 gallons and already has a betta in it.