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What are my options for non-fish tank mates?

Hi, everyone! I've been considering getting a tank mate for my betta but I don't want another fish. I would like Ananda to be my only fish (he's special! :) so I was thinking of...I don't know...small crabs or snails? I'm not sure what my options are. Could you recommend something that would be "betta-safe" that a popular pet store (PetCo, Pet Supermarket, etc.) would carry?
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Cherry/ghost shrimp may work, that is if your betta decides not to eat them, another option is nerite snails, fantastic for Algea issues and come in some near patterns.
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Shrimp might end up being yummy snack. Nerite snails need natural algae to eat. I wouldn't recommend any tank mate in such a small tank. Personally, I don't think betta need tank mates unless the tank is bigger, heavily planted and fully cycled . My boy is happy being alone in a 5.5 gallon.
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Cherry/ghost shrimp may work, that is if your betta decides not to eat them, another option is nerite snails, fantastic for Algea issues and come in some near patterns.
That's true. I've heard some bettas do fine with ghost shrimp...others see them as breakfast lol. I was all excited about the nerite snails until I read the below post haha.

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Shrimp might end up being yummy snack. Nerite snails need natural algae to eat. I wouldn't recommend any tank mate in such a small tank. Personally, I don't think betta need tank mates unless the tank is bigger, heavily planted and fully cycled . My boy is happy being alone in a 5.5 gallon.
Good point. I do have a live moss ball (which is basically algae) and 1 live anubias nana plant. But yeah, you're probably right and he would be happier alone. I just thought it would be cool to get something different for his tank but of course I want to do what's best for him.

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In a tank that small nothing; especially without a filter to help cope with the added bioload. While Betta might survive without any current or water movement other aquatic critters will not.
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Snails poops a lot but should be fine if you've got a heavily planted tank. I got a snail in my 3.5g tank ☺️

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Snails poops a lot but should be fine if you've got a heavily planted tank. I got a snail in my 3.5g tank ☺️

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We have close to the same size tank - mine is a 3-gallon. What kind of snail do you have?
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I have a ramshorn snail. Make sure to get just 1 as they breed like crazy lol

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Snails make a heck of a lot of mess. If you get one you're going to need a filter, and you better make sure they aren't the type that reproduce fast. Also know that some are picky about what they eat like the nerite. Most nerites will starve to death if they do not have a certain type of algae to eat, your tank being new it most likely doesn't have any algae. Good news is nerite eggs cannot hatch in fresh water. Some like the Malaysian Trumpet Snail, Bladder Snails, or Ramshorn Snail are not picky and will eat just about anything, but they reproduce fast. Some like Mystery Snails will likely get too big for your tank to handle.
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Agree with Rainbo. Will add that comparing what you can keep in a tank with a filter and what one can have in a filterless tank is like apples to oranges.

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