Hi, I'm new here, although not necessarily to Bettas. I've had them when I was little and recently kept a Betta named Pearl for about nine mos. before he passed away after a long battle with fin and tail rot.
My friend was going to give me a Betta for my B-day in a few mos. cus her college has Betta's at her Bio. dept. and she always asks me if I can take an occasional creature after the school year or semester is over.
I've been reading a lot about care for Betta's here and different threads about care and other tank companions, and I was planning on having a setup in a 20 gal. long tank i have here with the betta, 2 african dwarf frogs and maybe either a small school of corys or kuhlie loaches.and MAYBE two apple snails (debating adding that one).
My Ques. are:
1. what is the number of creatures i can have in the 20g long min-max without it being overcrowded due to decorations in the tank and size of animals/ quantity as well?
2. as I can understand all of these animals can do well eating brine shrimp, bloodworms mainly, even tho kulies can be omnivorous and corys can maybe be omnivorous (correct?) any other foods that can be given for variety that wont harm another creature if eaten?
3. anything else i should kno?
4. what is the best type of heater? (brand?) and what is the ideal temp. for all these creatures in this set up i mentioned to set it at so some critters are not uncomfortable more than others?
i know whisper filter would give a nice low pressure flow and will help with less cleanings. and they all (the creatures i want) have similar needs so it should not be tooo complicated to keep them together. and to watch out for creatures that are picking on others.
If i think of more ques. ill post them as they come to mind, if you all don't mind. i would like to be more successful at keeping aquarium critters than i have been in the past and would like to do it the best i can.