I just got a 10 gallon for Christmas, and I'm really excited about it!
I'm not going to stock it until this semester's over and I'm home in May, but I've been trying to decide what to put in it and I want to be as prepared as possible. In the meantime, it's cycling and a number of live plants are growing in it (anubias, amazon sword, water wisteria, and java ferns). I don't know what's considered "heavily planted" but it will have plenty of plants and hiding spaces by the time I can put fish in it, so that won't be a problem.
I have a 2.5 gallon tank with my male VT and a 1.75 quarantine/hospital tank with my female CT. At least one of them will be going into the 10 gallon.
What I'm thinking is:
1. Divide it three ways and have a betta in each section with some ghost shrimp and maybe a mystery snail. (Probably the easiest option).
2. Have a sorority with 5 female bettas.
3. A community tank. I like guppies but I know they don't always get along with male bettas. I could put my female betta in with them and maybe that would work better (I do have dividers if it didn't work out). I'm also wondering if Endler's Livebearers would be a better option. Would a ten gallon be good for those fish and if so, how many would be able to live in it?
With the guppies or livebearers and the betta, would I be able to have pygmy cories too or would that be pushing it?
If guppies or Endlers livebearers aren't a good idea, I think I'll just put bettas in there.
I like the idea of a community tank, but I'll have to do the most research about that, since I've only ever had bettas.
Also, any other suggestions or advice for stocking my tank are appreciated :)