Ok, so my new Betta tank is close to being fully cycled, and I've been researching companions for my fish (Serious Black). My fish started out all black, and over the course of a month has started getting brilliant red near the body with iridescent blue after that out to the tail. Im assuming that is a good sign? I have been doing water changes every 2-3 days to keep ammonia down to .25ppm, now now nitrite to below .25 ppm. I wish the cycling would hurry! Its a Heated (80 degrees) 10 gallon Marineland tank with a Penguin 100 filter.
Right now I only have 1 Marimo ball which I bought to see if my LED lights would support plants. I'm going to add one plant at a time and see what happens. If my tank supports it, I plan to switch all fake plants to live plants. So, as far as fish go; I really like Corys, Ghost Shrimp, and Snails. I was thinking I could either go Cory shoal (maybe with a snail?). Or, a couple of shrimp and a snail. The end goal being a healthy tank for my Betta fish. Any ideas and thoughts would be appreciated!