Betta Tank And Light

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I'm planning to set up a divided betta tank and I'm thinking 10 gallons since I'm in college and need to save space. I was wondering if a 5000k (I know 6500k is best) led bulb in one of those work lamps would be okay for a plant like Anubis. I cant find 6500k but I'll look at other stores in my area if this light won't do. Is there any other plants someone thinks will fit in the tank I would like places hide as I'm going to get shrimp (Hoping they won't become a betta snack). An additional option could be CFL if that would be a better alternative.
 
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you probably shouldn't be dividing a tank that small especially if you're going to put other species in along with the betta. and i know anubias aren't super low light although they may survive, you're unlikely to get a thriving plant with the light you specify.

i know you didnt ask but i would reconsider your plans for your tank. trust me when i say keeping it simple is the best way to go, you wont run into as many problems in the long run. ive got a nice planted and aquascaped 15g with a betta and a school of copper harlequin rasboras and pygmy cories. its fantastic. never felt the need for more than one betta lol.
 
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Im always open to new plans on a tank if its better for the fish. So you're saying the 10 gallon should be dedicated to a single betta would these be okay tank mates: shrimp and a clam? I would like to add pygmy Cory's but I've been reading they need at least 15 gallons. The website I used to rate lighting estimated a CFL light to be more than sufficient but I always like to ask for second opinions.
 
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I wouldn’t do any Cory’s as a betta fish shouldn’t really be kept with any other types of fish in anything less than 20 gallons. Shrimp and snails can happily live in a 10 gallon with a betta fish, I’m not sure about clams though! I’ve not seen many people talk about them.

But if you plan on splitting your 10 gallon and having a betta on each side, that would be perfectly fine too. I just wouldn’t add anything other than the two betta fish though. Shrimp and snails may be referred to as a clean up crew, but in my personal experience - they just make small tanks an absolute mess. Especially snails.

My anubias grew fine with a crappy LED light from Amazon so I think you’ll be fine with the light you’ve chosen. A better one is always great, but I think it’ll do the job. Java fern is pretty low light and it grows fairly well. My water wisteria does well too but I just leave that float in my tank because my snail will eat it otherwise.
 
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I don't really care for snails and prefer shrimp as they have more personality to them. If I do divided then I would likely change my plans to just the bettas and if it's approved by someone maybe 2 clams(1 per side) as they tend to lay under the sand yet still help clean the water.
 

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I don't really care for snails and prefer shrimp as they have more personality to them. If I do divided then I would likely change my plans to just the bettas and if it's approved by someone maybe 2 clams(1 per side) as they tend to lay under the sand yet still help clean the water.
Shrimp may work, but seeing my 5 gallon with my betta, it doesn’t seem like much floor space for shrimp. I don’t see much harm in clams, depending on how large they get.
 
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Liveaquaria says the clams get up to 2 inches. It would be easier to check my stock if AqAdvisor had a choice for clams. Thinking about it in a divided tank it could become an issue if it is heavily planted as the clam might go under the plants.
 
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Liveaquaria says the clams get up to 2 inches. It would be easier to check my stock if AqAdvisor had a choice for clams. Thinking about it in a divided tank it could become an issue if it is heavily planted as the clam might go under the plants.
That’s for sure, and 2 inches is pretty massive for a 5 gallon. I have a snail about the size of a golf ball and a half in my 5 gallon tank with my betta and he’s just far too massive for such a small tank, but he was a rescue so what can ya’ do. Without it being divided I would say a clam would work, but being divided in to two 5 gallons seems a bit tight for a two inch clam haha
 
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Yeah I was thinking the same thing when I started to plan out alittle more. If I do divided I will likely have just the bettas as most things will fill up a 5 gallons. If I do a full tank I will likely do 1 betta, shrimp, and a clam.
 
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