Hey, all, I'm new here and I apologize profusely if this is in the wrong place, but since these questions are kind of all over the place I thought I'd ask them here.
First of all, let me preface this by saying I haven't bought -anything- YET. I'm all about doing 100% of the research I need to do BEFORE I bring anything home--tank, fish, anything. So that's where I'm starting from, but I want to be sure I do this correctly!
I've been keeping single bettas pretty regularly over the course of the past six years. I wouldn't call myself an expert by any means, but I wouldn't call myself a betta beginner at this point, either, and I've always wanted to try a sorority tank. After a recent move to an apartment with more space, I think I finally have the chance to try. :) Note that I DO have space for single tanks if I need to emergency-separate them!
So here are the questions I have before I dig a little deeper into this:
1. I'm thinking about a 15 to 20gal. Would this be enough space for five females, if it's heavily planted, or should I go for something larger (or for three girls instead of five)?
2. I'm leaning towards cories as tankmates. How many cories could safely be housed with five females, provided 20ish gallons is enough space for the five girls?
3. Can anyone direct me to a link where I can read up on the temperature and pH requirements for cories? For some reason I'm having more trouble than I expected finding that info--I'm probably just not searching the right way!
4. I know the tank needs to be heavily planted, but based on lots of tries in the past, I'm horrible with live plants. Will fake plants do the trick, or do I need to have a go again with the live ones? My single bettas have always been happy with their fake plants, but I don't know if having a group tank will change that or not.
Okay. That should be it for now, til I can wrap my head around my plans for this tank a little bit better! Thanks in advance. :)