Update: my tetras are fine, but I had to remove my mystery snail almost immediately. One of the bettas wouldn't stop trying to chomp the poor dude's antenna! I put a dozen shrimp in there and they all immediately disappeared -- a month later and I see at least 6 on a regular basis, which is awesome. The three bettas have a VERY established pecking order, and I'm a little worried about the gal at the bottom of the list. I'm contemplating moving her sometime soon, though it would be to a small 1-2 gallon set-up, so I'm reluctant...
Apart from the bettas issue, everything is lovely in this dirted tank! The frogbit I put in absolutely EXPLODED -- so much so that it was piling up on itself and I've removed literal handfuls in the last few weeks. The monte carlo, cyperus helferi, crypts, and the other plants that came with the tank seem to be holding their own or throwing a couple new leaves out, here and there. The water gets pretty dark from the tannins, which I love some days, and hate on others. I'm planning to get 3 more panda tetras when I'm in Lansing this weekend (where the excellent fish store is), and thinking I might also add a couple of my less colorful female guppies that need to never breed (some spinal deformities are going on, and I don't want that line to mess with my healthier breeding guppies). With their coloring I think they'll be ignored just like the tetras are. If not, I'll just take them back to work, no problem!
Here are pics of the 1st day I set it up (mid April), and a recent picture (last week):
It's not a mystery...snails are the BEST!
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