I have a tank that measures 48in(L) x 18in(H) x 14in(W).
I hoping I could put the following in the tank:
1. 1 male
2. 3 females
3. 2 catfish
4. algae eating ghost shrimps (not sure how many but many 50?)
5. corydoras (not sure how many as well)
6. live plants (maybe 5)
7. various rocks/hiding places
Could you please comment on my wish lists and maybe recommend changes?
Welcome to FishForum! Males and females cannot be housed together ... only for breeding purposes. If you wanted to put females together, you need at least 4 of them. And as for the catfish, you need to watch which ones you put in. Some catfish will suck the slime layer off bettas. Usually it is best to get oto cats or cory cats. Algae eating shirmp are wonderful :) I have some myself with my female and they all get along great.
A quick comment about the ghost shrimp on your list. Ghosts, to my knowledge, are actually not algae eaters, but scavengers. Although I believe that cherry shrimp and amano shrimp are algae eaters and do a great job at it. :D