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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-06-2016, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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10 gallon tankmates?

I upgraded by male betta into a 10 gallon some months ago. It's planted, has two decorations for hiding, a piece of driftwood, and sand substrate. His only current tankmates are a nerite snail and some little pond snails.

I've been wanting to get something else to add to the tank, preferable something that will eat the detritus.

My betta has had tankmates before and has shown no aggression to any accept Hannibal Lecter and the occasional pond snail. In all fairness, Hannibal was a jerk. He was the largest of the ghost shrimp that made it his mission to murder and consume all the other shrimp. He also liked to steal food out of my betta's mouth, occasionally climbing up his tail to do so. Hannibal had it coming in my opinion.

Anyway, would pygmy cories be suitable? Or should I try some ghost shrimp again and hope I don't get a jerk? My options are pretty much limited to Petco and Petsmart. The small fish stores around here are absolutely awful and I refuse to ever step foot in them again. Also, would a bubbler make it difficult for my betta to swim? I assume I'll be needing one, as the filter I have now is horribly noisy if I leave the water level low enough for sufficient surface agitation.
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As long as there's ripples on the surface, there is oxygen diffusing into your tank. However if you feel worried about your fish(es) not getting enough, then feel free to add an air system. I just would look for a smaller unit; they way your not wasting your electricity bill, betta isn't going to find it hard to swim against and you still increase oxygen diffusion.

But I would totally reccomend a school of pygmy cories, especially if you have sand! However they not a substitute for tank maintenance so you still have to make sure that your sand is clean - to reduce infection. They do help stir up the detritus so that way your filter can pick it up, but overall they not vacuum cleaners.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one that names murderous inverts after hannibal characters, I have a CPO who is called Buffalo Bill and hes serving solitary for the cold blooded murder of my shrimp.

+ 1 for the pygmy cories. You could also try many other nano fish such as chili rasbora, exclamation point rasbora, emerald dwarf rasbora etc. Could also try neons or lambchop/harlequins I've had luck with guppies and bettas, but up to you. I wouldn't go for CPDs as small as they are simply because they are really active. I think 20" is really too short for them, aka the length of a 10 gallon tank, that and they prefer cooler waters as opposed to 78-80+ degree waters that a betta needs.

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What are CPDs? also I like the look of endler livebearer males in my community tank, they don't get more than 1 inch. (note my community tank doesn't have a betta in it so I don't know how they'd react.

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CPD Celestial Pearl Danio (Danio Margaritatus) or Galaxy Rasbora or Microrasbora Galaxy :)



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I should have known that acronym as I'd heard it before, but I didn't remember it Nick. Also cherry shrimp or ghost shrimp if you have hiding places for them, as they may become...dinner...

Possibly a nerite snail to clean algae from the glass, just watch them because they are escape artists.

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Also cherry shrimp or ghost shrimp if you have hiding places for them, as they may become...dinner...
LOL I think my Betta is fed up with shrimp they are not even afraid of him any more.
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Really because I really do love my cherry shrimp...they currently hide in the java moss on the rock in my 20 gal tank maybe I will consider a betta for that tank as it's currently established..that was the only warning I got from aquadvisor for putting a betta in that tank.

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Red Cherry Shrimp feel safe in numbers the more the merrier.

Bettas and tank mates warning.

Some bettas are fine with tank mates others are not, It depends on the Betta.
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True...very true

1 10 gallon tank two moss balls and 1 100w cobalt accutherm heater, 1 sponge filter connected to a air pump. Second sponge filter just there to hold extra beneficial bacteria

RIP Fenfyr who succumbed to fin rot due to issues while the tank was cycling
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