I have a fully cycled 10 gal with sand substrate, live plants, moss balls and driftwood. (currently no fish, been dosing ammonia daily to keep cycle going) I'd like to add a betta and later some snails and maybe try shrimp (knowing they might get eaten but worth a shot). I have been doing lots of research on betta care and there is a lot of conflicting info - and some unanswered questions I am hoping the experts here can clear up for me! 1) sand is ok? i have heard they might eat it and die? 2) my pH is a steady 8.0 is this ok for Betta? 3) I have heard to feed freeze dried worm, shrimp, etc because frozen may contain disease. True? I've also read frozen is better... very confusing. 4) I have an aqueon quiet flow, I don't think the current is particularly strong (barely moves a fern that is half the height of the tank placed in the flow). I do notice that the surface of the opposite side of the tank barely gets any moment and sometimes I feel like it gets a bit of a film over there. I added a bubbler to that corner which had greatly improved circulation but the top of the water is quite "busy" now. Will that be too much motion for a Betta? 5) do they need one of those hammocks to hang out in, or can I get a plant with some large leaves? (any recommendations?) Sorry for all the questions - I am really hoping to have success with this. Current params: pH 8.0 Ammo 0.1 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 10-20 KH 7 GH 9 Temp averages 78 Thanks!