Thanks for the help guys! I wouldn't mind algae continuing to grow, as long as it would provide some food for the snail. And honestly, there's not that much algae to deal with, but just enough to annoy me when I have to clean it, as it basically grows back right after. It hasn't gotten too out of hand so far, I was just wondering if a snail would help with maintenance. And I've actually been wanting to try snails for a while now, just never got around to it..
I'll keep the tank a bit darker in the following time while my betta is healing and remove the bit of algae that's there right now, thanks Rana! For the moment, I don't even have a light on my aquarium (I know that's probably not great) but I've never had live plants, and my hood doesn't accommodate a lighting fixture, so I never considered adding a light to the tank. I'm planning on getting lighting for it sometime soon, but that's a whole different topic!
Regarding your advice, Old Dog 59, I did hear that they will eat some vegetables such as cucumber or lettuce, but wasn't sure how to go about feeding those sorts of things in an aquarium. I was also worried that if I had more than one snail, they would starve since there's not a huge amount of algae. (though now I realise I could feed them other ways) So would you suggest getting a larger amount of snails? Or maybe mystery instead or nerite? I was thinking about dividing the 10 gallon sometime in the future, but at the time that I would get a snail, it would still probably be one undivided area.
For now I might invest in a "fancy" algae scrubber, (as I feel reaching to the bottom to use a sponge kind of disturbs the fish) and once I've learned more about snails, I'll get one , or more if you recommend it. I was honestly just worried that I'd have trouble keeping one alive, let alone 5-6!
Skye - My first betta, a blue halfmoon. SIP
Tsuki - Current betta, a spirited halfmoon