What type of substrate should I use for a ten gallon setup that I am thinking bout. It will have three two inch cories, 1 blue male betta, and a few live plants. And what plants would be easy to take care of that the bettas and cories will like. Thanks.
I would say corys need sand, mine sieve the sand looking for food, it's odd seeing sand shooting out of their gils.
Bettas like tall, large leafed plants to sleep on so they're close to the suface, as they like to breathe from the suface ever now and again.
Like slider said, Bettas like tall plants to rest on. They also like floating plants, however you have to make sure they don't block the Betta's access to the water surface or hang down too much like Java Moss does when left floating and get tangled up in the Betta's fins.
The following Cories are around 2 in:
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I gave you the scientific names instead of common because I have seen the same Cory called 3 different things at 3 different stores, so you kind of need to know the scientific name to know what they are...
Note that there are 2 even smaller Cories (C. pygmaeus I think and something else), but both species are mid-level swimmers instead of bottom dwellers and need to be kept in shoals of 6.
I have asked both questions you just asked...
As for the second one, it's been a while but the rhizome is like the main root or somethin and you can't bury it or it'll rot; it's basically what all the roots and leaves grow out of I THINK.
I didn't really find out where to order plants online...if you find out let me know cause I still need to order plants for my new 20g.
I just ordered 6 java ferns and a clump of java moss (I'm not impulsive what are you talking about for 36 bucks total, including shipping from betta talk. She says she keeps her plants completely fish free so there is no chances of disease. These are the only two plants that she sells though. Man I hope I don't regret this decision in the morning. :-\