When reading I'm worried about my future tank mates for Drax...
Cory's are bottom dwellers... and Betta's are top dwellers...
Yeah this I think MAY be a problem for Drax...
Drax actually goes all over... often at the bottom in his cave (If you've read other threads where I mention this... I think he's plotting something in there because it's angled weird and the Java Fern obscures the entrance so it's hard to see in from where I watch) Anyway... He is often AT the bottom exploring around (Not sick, he just seems to like looking around, plus I think my filter spits out enough bubbles to the bottom because of my sponge shoved in it so that the water must have enough O2 to stay down there awhile, he seems to get preoccupied with exploring). So... Drax is an ALL over the tank fish haha.
Could this be an issue with Cory's?
Also I'm thinking of testing Drax with maybe a few Ghost Shrimp (I HATE transparent fish because you can see their insides) but I just want to see how he reacts to other creatures... would I need to cover any holes in the tank like around the Submerged vine... WOULD they try to climb out? Is that only if they don't like the water? Aside from the eerie-ness of them being see through the few I saw at the store looked healthy, I heard if they are very vibrant and almost totally clear they are healthy (When they are smoky, dark, blotched it means they are sick.) I heard they molt as well etc. I just don't want to seal up the tank holes and make it look unappealing (I'm an artist It's gotta be cleeaaaan).
Could I just go for it and get a Mystery Snail? The tank has dozens of shells so I feel that must help with the Calcium think I keep hearing about... I saw some really REALLY ornate Mystery Snails at PetSmart and I got really REALLY curious of them! Some really big ones and then like some little baby ones slowly cruising around the glass haha.
ANYWAY... could I get a few Ghost Shrimp and maybe a Snail? Would I have to get anything else? I mean I got those horrid flakes, pellets, and bloodworm's (Freeze Dried). Should I pick anything else up? I got all those plants so I feel that the Snail would have plenty to eat. BUT I saw some images on another site of a snail that had a bad shell (Really sad) that was developing holes (Wasn't the owners fault he had just got the poor thing that way and tried to save it (It died sadly). So it's like... I want to give my future snaily friend a great home with Drax!
Then as time goes on and school finishes out for the summer and Drax and the shrimp and snail are healthy THEN I'll add a sand substrate and try adding Cory's... I plan to do it just... going back to school soon and don't want to do this then put ALL the pressure on my mom to feed them and care for them. She doesn't mind feeding Drax (I think she secretly loves watching him) and checking the temp and turning his tank light from day to night (the night one just has a few dark blue lights turn on).
So if Ghost Shrimp and Snails wouldn't burden her anymore, I'd like to add them to just see how the tank works with more sensitive fish since ... apparently it's cycled haha. If the shells don't do anything for Calcium I'll pick up... whatever my snail would need for healthy shell growth.
So it's like I'll do everything ya all say, like... a few tips of how to pick out 'THE HEALTHIEST' Snail and Shrimp. Aside from I guess... Glass Like Shrimp, and a Snail thats actively moving around instead of sitting.
Then... how many Shrimp... is one snail fine... etc...
WOW I REALLY only expected to write a few comments but it turned into this HUGE curiosity rant hahaha.
Also to just cement this fact: My mom really likes the tank (Reminds her of the 15gal her father took care of when she was a little girl and how much she loved watching her Loaches) So it's not like I'm throwing it at her and she doesn't want to haha. So yeah she likes feeding Drax, and if she had to add something for the snail or shrimp I'm sure if it was like "Add 2 of this or 3 drops of this" she'd be fine (She actually thinks I'm starving Drax since I stopped feeding him so much so I'm SURE he'd get fed well) . She just wants nothing to do with water changes and cleaning haha which I will do on weekends, so the tank will still get a weekly vac and water change.
Then in the spring... I SHALL HAS CORIES! WOOT!
I CAN'T STOP TYPING! ARGH! So many more questions I want to ask!
Like how long till I know if those stupid TopFin plant bulbs are ALIVE or... just rotting masses in my tank? They've all got this silky white fuzzy stuff wafting around them... but like... yeah.
OK I'M DONE! NO MORE WORDS! HAHA I'll leave it up to you guys to try and figure out what I'm getting at XD