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Hey! I'm planning on getting a betta for my 5.5 gallon once it's all cycled, and I was wondering if I could put a snail or shrimps in there too? I was thinking a snail from the nerite family (so I wouldn't have to worry about it breeding.) Any recommendations, or is the tank too small for anything other than one betta?

I'm doing a fishless cycle, and there's a heater and a filter that I'm gonna have to baffle.
There's about an inch of gravel substrate and a terra cotta pot.

(Oh, and I was thinking about getting some marimo balls for the tank too. Would it work or is the water too warm?)
 

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The marimo balls should be fine. I had no problem with having one in my betta tank. Just need to make sure you keep it clean. And that's fairly easy to do. Just take it out of the water and squeeze it under running water, to get all of the build up out of it, and then you let it dry, and place it back in the tank.

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Snails shouldn't be a problem. Ghost shrimp are large enough to keep the betta at bay. Red Cherry Shrimp may work, it depends on the betta's personality. Most of mine are fine with RCS a few others pick at them. I also have several crayfish that live with cory cats and never, ever bother them. Go figure!
 

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Hey! I'm planning on getting a betta for my 5.5 gallon once it's all cycled, and I was wondering if I could put a snail or shrimps in there too? I was thinking a snail from the nerite family (so I wouldn't have to worry about it breeding.) Any recommendations, or is the tank too small for anything other than one betta?

I'm doing a fishless cycle, and there's a heater and a filter that I'm gonna have to baffle.
There's about an inch of gravel substrate and a terra cotta pot.

(Oh, and I was thinking about getting some marimo balls for the tank too. Would it work or is the water too warm?)
Marimo balls will be perfect for your bettas tank. You can just squeeze them out in a bit of tank water every once in awhile, then return to the tank. No need to do anything else to them. They usually move around the tank on their own every once in awhile, occasionally turning themselves.

A nerite would be just fine in there as a companion! Just watch that your betta doesn't hog all of it's food when you put it in. Bettas are pigs and will attempt to eat just about any type of food you put in there. :)
 

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Thank you all for your awesome advice and help! However I'm a little stumped once again-- As I've mentioned, I'm trying to do a fishless cycle. How do I get the nitrates and nitrites into the water? Do I just have to wait for them or is there a specific thing I have to put in there?
 
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