Our betta died despite valiant efforts to save him (thanks to those who helped), and after some considerations of time constraints and source water chemistry, we now have the dreaded OTHER FISH in our tank. (My little girl says, "Buzz gone?")
So, at the moment, we are at five rasboras and two long finned white tetras. Planning on adding 1-3 more long finned black tetras when they arrive at LPS. (We tried some neons, to no avail, as they died off one per day even after nearly two hours of gentle acclimation.) The tank is only a ten gallon, and factoring in all the variables (filters etc) Aquaadvisor has us at 93% stocked if we ended up with a total of five long finned tetras, which is what it recommends for a shoal. I'm going to try one, then add the other two only if it looks like they really need it, as I would rather stay understocked. So far everybody looks content. The long finned whites are surely pretty.
Sure missing the betta scene, but for the moment going to have to go with what's hardy and able to handle source water with an ammonia level.
Question: are there any singular fish out there (peaceful community) that work in a ten gallon that don't require 5-6 fish to shoal? The goal here is just to have a pleasing tank with healthy fish. If we could arrive at bottom, middle, and upper dwellers AND have pretty colors...well, that would be too good to ask, especially in a ten gal.
Has anybody else out there backed off of bettas due to source water or time constraints because of the care involved? AKA Can I still be on the betta forum and not have a betta?