First of all, I'm new here, so nice to meet you!
I started a 2.5 gallon planted nano tank two weeks ago, and by now is more or less cycled enough to add my red dragon betta fish, Shakespeare.
My plants started "melting" at some point to adjust to the new environment, so I added an Amano shrimp and red cherry shrimp as a clean up crew. But once my betta was in the tank, he just kept attacking the shrimp! Shakespeare actually sticks his head and body into the amazon sword plant to scare the shrimps out of hiding!
I left them overnight, hoping it was just an adjusting process. But in the morning, I decided to take the shrimps out since the betta's assaults have not stopped. The poor RCS had turned pale from stress!
I would really really love to have at least one shrimp in the tank, for the sake of cleaning up the plant detritus. I'm hoping to re-introduce the amano shrimp after a few days. But I'm worried my betta wouldn't stand for it!
Has anyone had any success keeping a betta and clean-up shrimp in a nano tank? Or if not, any advice on how I can clean-up/reduce/maintain a planted tank without a clean up crew?
Thanks so much guys!