I wanted to add a few interesting things to my 10g. I don't want anything that has even the slightest chance of hurting my betta. I've decided against just about all fish because I don't want my betta to have to compete for food at feeding time so all those small schooling fish are out.
Yesterday I added 2 otos. So far so good. I love shrimp. I think they would be a fun way to liven up the tank because I love watching them. I really want cherry shrimp but they are a bit pricey at my LFS. I can get ghost shrimp 8/$1. I kind of want to start with them to make sure everything goes ok. I was most concerned about the temperature. Everyone seems to suggest keeping shrimp below 80 degrees. My tank used to be set to about 80-82, occasionally hitting 84 depending on how high I keep the heater in the house. I dropped it down a little so it's staying between 78-80. Is that too cold for my betta? Too warm for shrimp? Where should I be keeping my temp, to make everyone happy. As much as I love shrimp, I don't want my betta to suffer for it. I don't want to kill the shrimp either. How do you shrimp keepers find that happy medium?
Second if the ghost shrimp do well, I'd like to get some cherry shrimp. Is it ok if I mix shrimp species?
My tank is heated, has a sponge filter, is cycled and lightly planted (I want to add more live plants) if any of that makes a difference.