1. cat
  2. cat food
  3. cat mate
  4. cat md
  5. cat sip
  6. cat stop
  7. catit
  8. catmouse
  9. catnip & grass
  10. catswell

Save up to 25%

on your favorite pet essentials in stores & online

Save 15% sitewide

Save 10% dry dog & cat food + flea & tick ~ see details

Buy online, pick up in store

You order it, we'll fetch it!

You are here: myPetSmart.com > Community > Message Boards > Fish > Fresh Water > Breed Information > Betta Fish Several Questions
Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

I just bought a ten gallon tank and lid for my betta. Its just the tank; no filter or heater. Do I absolutely need any of these things for a betta? Also, I would like to add a mystery snail and a few ghost shrimp sometime in the near future. Would they need anything special that the betta doesn't?

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

A Betta does need a heater. They are tropical fish and thrive best in temperatures between 74 and 78 degrees.

Mystery snails also like to have heaters. Ghost Shrimp need temps between 70 and 78 degrees so if your room temperature stays above 70 they should be fine. Otos are also tropical fish and need heaters. Otos and Mystery Snails need wafers and vegetables are recommended they can't live off of scraps left in the tank from other fish and Otos aren't recommended to add to a tank until it has been established for at least 6 months. I don't know much about Ghost Shrimp so I can't help you there.

A simple google search will return a lot of forums pertaining to these fish with people who have a lot of experience raising them. It might do you some good to look them up. Just search the specific fish you are looking for and see what comes up. (I recommend starting with looking for more information on the Betta so you can make sure the tank is optimal for him before adding others.)

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

Thanks! Does the same hold true if I add an otocinclus?

Joined: 12/31/1969
User offline. Last seen 42 years 37 weeks ago.

The betta would not need a filter or a heater.

Adding the mystery snail would be fine, but since they reproduce asexually, your tank may soon be overrun with tons of them. This will increase the need for food, the bioload, and the waste/ammonia released into the system. You will eventually then need a filter.

The shrimp would also be fine but some bettas would eat them or chase them until they all eventually jumped out.

Provide lots of plants, real and fake, so the shrimp can hide and feel safe.