so I plan to get a fluval chi 6.6 gal with black aquarium sand, and anubias, and possibly another plant or two (tiger lotus and/or sunset hygro), and a betta fish. This will be my first planted tank, and I understand that algae could be a problem, so I was thinking about investing in algae eater..
my problems are as follows:
- it seems that all species of pleco will grow to large
- siamese algae eaters will be impossible to find at my LFS, and I would prefer not to have a school of fish, as I don't feel that the tank is large enough, and it makes transport to/from university (6 hours) a lot harder
- I love corys but I don't want a school, and I know corys are terrible travellers either way
- Shrimp don't particularly appeal to me
so as far as I have researched.. this leaves me with snails. But I was planning on using tannins in the betta's environment to replicate the soft and acidic conditions it is accustomed to, and as a preventative measure for bacterial and fungal infections. Snails, however, prefer hard and alkaline conditions in order to form their shells.
would I be better to skip the tannins and force betta to live in a snail friendly environment, or to just skip the algae eaters all together? Or is there some option that I haven't found yet?
Thanks guys :)