A few weeks ago I found myself at Petco with my oldest daughter, the day before going out of town for a long weekend. Not long after we were walking out of the store with a female betta! Probably not the greatest idea but I knew I had an empty 2.5g at home as well as an established sponge filter.
Came home and dropped a bag of white sand in the tank, added the filter, some rocks, plants and a red cherry shrimp from the jungle tank:
The betta has since been moved to the 16g in the living room. The plan now for this tank is to remove the rocks and add either a single or trio of Turkish hazel. I’ve always used cholla wood in my shrimps tanks so this will be a new experience. I plan to hide the sponge filter with dwarf sag, tuck some sort of moss around the wood, and most likely add pennywort as a floating plant. After that gets established I’ll start adding shrimp. I’ve been getting some higher grade cherries in the jungle tank-I’d say fire red low-so I’ll pull some of those plus order some equal or higher grade shrimp to add to the colony. This will be my first shrimp-only tank!