Hi - Just to give you a background--I got a baby betta that I fell in love with at a LFS BEFORE I had a tank set up. Live and learn, I guess. I bought a 1 gallon cube to put him in until I could get his 10 gallon set up. I was going to cycle it, but after thinking about it, realized I couldn't keep him in that tiny 1 gallon for several weeks, with no filter or heater. The heater that came with my 10 gallon kit didn't fit in the 1 gallon. So I was terrified he would be too cold (I keep the house pretty cool at night to save on the propane). I put a heating pad under it, but it wasn't warming it over 72. Didn't want to get up in the morning to a cooked or frozen betta!
So, to make a long story short, I went ahead and set up the 10 gallon and put him in there. I figured I'd do a fish-in cycle. Better than stressing over him being in that tiny thing. And I could at least control the heat and he'd have a filter. Everything went well, and he's staying right around 25-26C, or between 78-80F. Very active thing, about 4 months old, very curious and friendly. I'm glad I rescued him. He has nipped fins and had been there a while and no one bought him, probably for that reason. He's always looking for something to do. Someone on another forum said I probably should give him a tank mate since he is so active, and to keep him from getting bored.
Well, I researched what is compatible with a betta, and hubby and I went today and got 2 albino Corys, 2 ghost shrimp and two Mystery snails. Do I have too much in my tank? I only wanted one Cory and shrimp, but then I read they don't do well alone. They are all very active, and I added Stress Coat to the water, the same as I did when I got the betta. I have the correct foods (2 kinds of pellets and frozen fish eggs and mysis shrimp, plus wafers) for them all. And I have an order coming with brine shrimp gruel of some kind. I have a log with two openings, a large and small fake plant, and some real Anacharis. Have a thermometer, nice substrate and a hammock for the betta.
Did a master test today, and PH is 7.6, Ammonia is .25ppm, Nitrites are 0, and Nitrate is 5.0ppm. I know this doesn't mean much, as the tank has only been set up for two days, and until today, only the betta was in it. So I am bracing myself for a big change!
I think the betta is deliriously happy, as he is very interested in the others, especially the shrimp. No nipping whatsoever though. Just seems so happy to have company! I really wanted a Kuhli, but read they are too active for a 10 gallon. I can't believe how active these ghost shrimp are! I expected them to just go hide, but they are almost as active as the Corys. I wanted a Panda Cory, but no one seems to have them. Anyway, do you think this set-up will work?