true :) I'm slowly building my tanks from fake to real plants, and I love the way they look (even though it takes a bit more effort to keep them alive). Females are really pretty, and they're so full of personality and spunk.
Oh... no gouramis. I know it's more of a risk with males, but still, gouramis and bettas are basically cousins, and so if one decides to dominate the top surface, the other would have a difficult time sneaking around to get air (unless you heavily plant the tank and have enough places where the line of sight is broken up at the surface of the water)
You can use pieces of raw fish if you are allergic to shrimp. While cycling, there will be a faint odor. However, if you use a turkey baster (for the fish tanks) to suck the mold off the shrimp as it grows, the smell won't be that bad. Once you do your 80-90% water change when the params are 0 ammonia 0 nitrites and 5+nitrAtes, there will be no smell.
Oh, true, you have a larger tank... in that case, you might not want to do a 90%, maybe something more like 50%, and then a smaller one right before you start introducing your fish..
Weekly changes after that will be necessary, the size depends on how stocked your tank is and how many plants you have in there. I'm not familiar with angel fish, but I read they were aggressive and that they grow big (my concern is they might eat the smaller fish, though I don't know) . Make sure you know for certain from as many different sources as possible that all your fish can live together peacefully.
Yea; I made sure the angels wont eat the schools :P
I'm actually just worried about the betta attacking them.
I was planning on putting plants down the back and sides of the tank with decos and rocks with moss in the middle.
But now I'm thinking the angels are going to need a bit more to hide in.
Also; would a snail help with algae? Like a sucker fish would (i dont know the actualy name)?
I know snails reproduce on their own but I also know that the angels will eat them; I'm not sure if they would be enough for population control tho.
if you get ottos, you'll have to feed them too, and they won't eat all types of algea. Same goes with the snails. Goodness knows, they'll help some, but ridding the tank of algae is also your responsibility.