Betta move him out???
My son has a heavily planted dutch/jungle Fluval Spec V with one betta. It's been 5 months and we been through green hair algae, diatoms and green spot algae. To battle all the algae issues we had to covert our low tech to high tech by adding more stem plants, r/o water, co2, surface skimmer, dry fertilizers and better lighting. Now the tank is running very smooth!!!! Guess what?? Now he wants more fish in his tank!!! My plan is to move the betta to a new cube tank and add new fish to his tank. My question is how many fish can do well in a heavily planted tank (90% of the tank is filled with plants)?
I know he doesn't want any invertebrates so shrimps are out the question. From all the reading and video on youtube, most fish don't do well in 5-gallon tanks. I'm wondering since my tank is well established, does the theory replies to my son's tank? Also what fish will do well in a five gallon heavily planted tank? I know he wants a school of fish I tend to like harlequin rasboras, cardinal tetras, and some small corydoras. Some of the local fish stores said its ok to add some once you move the betta, but I just want to make sure. We had three ottos when we had some algae problems and they didn't make it. I'm not sure its the stress when the betta would nip at its fins when it would swim by them or that the tank was too small. Again fish store said ok but youtube said no. I notice that plenty of professional nano tank have some school of fish I was wondering was it there for the photo or that the pros know how to take care of nano tanks. Many thanks.