I think the scarlet badis are interesting and really quite pretty, but I?m turned off by the reported finicky eating and behavior. I rarely do live foods, and most recommendations say that?s what the badis needs. A couple males and a few females in 10g could be a nice tank, most folks suggest species only.
The betta is a no-brainer easy choice, which is why so many of us have them. I?d advise getting all intended tankmates in place well before adding the betta. Of my two, one seems to ignore shrimp and snails while the other tolerates exactly zero companions.
Either way, I think a setup as you have it - plus plants - will work. So, please enjoy making the scape, and share updates!
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I can only grow plants when they're completely under water. Everything else is doomed.