Goodness!!! It seems that whichever one I choose, either a snail or shrimp, could be a snack for my betta! What do you guys suggest I do? Just try one or the other out and see what the outcome is? I've also heard that snails can escape the tank. I do not want an unruly snail "racing" through my room!dcutl002 said:Shrimp may be "iffy" with a Betta...they might wind up on the menu! I have pond snails and I have been discovering empty pond snail shells on my substrate for months. I couldn't figure why they were dying until I caught him one morning picking a snail out of his shell.
Paulsz said:You could always put red cherry shrimps in there. At 2.5 gallons though, they might get eaten. If you give them plenty of hiding room (and plenty of plants to hide in too) then maybe they'll live. The larger may be too big to eat but the betta may go for the smaller ones. It's your call, but you could try. Red cherry shrimps are a nice colour and would go great if it succeeded. They also add very little to your bioload, and aren't that expensive.
I do weekly 80-100% water changes to my tank and the parameters are what a normal cycled tank should be (amm. 0; nitri. 0; and around 5 nitra.).TexasDomer said:Snails don't produce a ton of waste, and I think 1 small nerite would be fine in this tank. You should be doing weekly water changes anyway.
What sizes are we talking about here? I've been assuming the neuritis are the size of a quarter.IceFyre1414 said:How about a horned Nerite? They are smaller than regular Nerites if I remember correctly and cuter in my opinion
What she said. pond snails are small.TexasDomer said:Nerites usually aren't targets for bettas - they don't stick out much from their shells, which gives them pretty good protection from inquiring bettas.
"neons aren't temp compatible" You mean that as in with the betta and guppy temp range of 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit? (My 10 gallon is set at 75 degrees).TexasDomer said:I doubt he'd prefer to be kept with neons or guppies again (annoying and compete for food, plus the neons aren't temp compatible), but he may be missing his larger tank with more swimming room.
I completely agree with you in that marketing is misleading on betta fish. But I am aware of that and have kept 5 bettas before in this tank and they have all done just fine. Yes they definitely would be better off in a larger tank, I disagree that it is necessary to have them in at least a 10 gallon. That is great that you are able to do that!!! Please don't take my disagreement as criticizing because I don't mean it that way at all!!!! I just think that they can be in a 2 gallon minimum. I wouldn't go anything smaller than that though.dcutl002 said:I use nothing smaller than a ten gallon for a Betta! Marketing misleads consumers that Bettas can live in containers as small as a thimble...they can't.
This is why you always research!adh/smile said:Haha! I'm can relate to that. I should edit that my first betta was kept in a 1 gallon, unfiltered, bowel for the first year of his life. When I put him (and the bettas to follow) into the 2.5 gallon tank I noticed a great difference in their behavior!
The betta was only in the guppy and neon tank for about a month. Now they are separate. The betta is back into his 2.5 gallon and the 10 gallon with the other fish is at 70 degrees. I'm looking into a better heater for the betta tank. Currently the water hovers around 69-70. I want it to be more around the high 70's to low 80's. I posted another thread asking about what heater would be best for a 2.5 gallon.TexasDomer said:I would keep bettas 77 F and above, but neons should be in temps 75 F and below, so they're not temp compatible. Bettas and guppies are temperature compatible, but not behaviorally compatible. Sure, some people will think it works out for a period of time, but it likely won't work out permanently.