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Old 03-21-2011, 07:30 PM   #1 
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Novice need answers about tankmates

I have a 6 galons tanks (23 litres)...
One betta...and i would like to find a tankmate, who can clean up my tank :)
I understand that some bettas will attack anything you put in the water with it. The only way to know is to try.
I read it that some fish that usually work well with bettas are, small catfish like Otocinclus and Corydoras, Snails, ghost shrimp, and Neon Tetras.

i was thinking about a apple snail or a otocinclus...
What,s the best option for me...and the implications for that...
Keep alone my buddie
take a snail
take a oto

http://nippyfish.net/bettas-101/tank...snails-bettas/

http://nippyfish.net/bettas-101/tank...atfish-bettas/

thanks :)
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:37 PM   #2 
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Some controversy with otos and corys based on the tank size and they like to be in school. I personally have snails in with my betta, they are very fun to watch! But unless you have algae, you'll have to supplement they're diet with algae wafers or veggies. And don't be surprised to see some poo, I have to pooper scooper my sand:( Shrimp are really cool as well, and have very little bioload so much less messy. Downside to them is they may be seen as a snack, but that depends on the betta. You could spluge the 33 cents and see if your betta eats it, if not there are a ton of variety of brightly colored shrimp you can check out such as cherry, bumblebee, blueberry, the list goes on and on.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:40 PM   #3 
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Shrimp and snails are best. I recommend shrimp, ghost's, cherry, crystal red, bee, ninja, longnosed shrimp, they are all great. Look at aristocratama.com for some cool shrimp.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:54 PM   #4 
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ooh Shrimp , i did'nt read a lot about them...can you tell me more about it...

How much, i can put it in a 6 gallons tank...

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Yes, only shrimp and snails would work with that size tank. I would start with 4 or 5 cherry shrimp.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:04 PM   #6 
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You could probably get away with 10 or so. Someone correct me on that one if its wrong. Make sure to look at their adult size, most stay small I think. To ensure survival there should definately be some kind of cover in the tank (plants, decor). They eat fallen fish food, but you can also get sinking food to feed them as well.
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You could definitely go for ten I just said 4 or 5 because they tend to multiply :)
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Thanks, i will try to find this kind of shrimps to begin with... ghost's, cherry, crystal red, bee, ninja, longnosed shrimps :)

However, did you have a good source of information about shrimps...
maintenance, food, etc....and did they eat algues...lol :)

Thanks again :P
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Yes they eat algae, dead plants, dead anything really, left over food (but still don't over feed), and blanched veggies like broccoli. They will do fine with the conditions you keep your betta in. Just make sure you add more plants because it is basicalyy a 50/50 chance that your betta will attack them.
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Thanks, i will try to find this kind of shrimps to begin with... ghost's, cherry, crystal red, bee, ninja, longnosed shrimps :)

However, did you have a good source of information about shrimps...
maintenance, food, etc....and did they eat algues...lol :)

Thanks again :P
Ghost shrimp are more carnivirous. They love sinking carnivore pellets. Other dwarf shrimp are more herbivirous. I feed my red cherry's and blueberry's mostly algea wafers. They also enjoy certain leaves (sorry, can't remember names now), and lettuce. Cherry, blueberry, crystal red, and bee shrimp are easy to find. Tiger shrimp are somewhat easy to find. Ninja's and almost all species of longnosed shrimp are rare to find in the U.S. Ordering from other countries is best to get them. I would do either 4 ghost shrimp or 10+ of the others mentioned.
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