Bettas and Neon Tetras
I'm just starting to plan a tank, and I'm hoping that I can solicit some expert advice here. :)
We are trying to set up a 10 gal tank for my MIL. We're tentatively considering a betta for her, as they are so very showy and she would definitely watch them instead of sleeping and watching t.v. all day. ;) (She is elderly & getting pretty senile-- her caretaker will be doing tank maintenance.) Also, her eyes are not great, and bettas are nicely visible. She would probably want more fish in the tank to watch. Cory cats are too ugly for her, though I've read that they are good tank mates for bettas. Tetras have been mentioned, and they are cute & colorful enough that she would enjoy them. I have spoken with a fish store clerk, read the archived posts here, as well as searched online and I've found conflicting info on whether mixing the two is a good idea or not. Has anyone done this successfully? I've also read that having a good sized school of tetras is better than having a small number like 5. I really do not want to have them harrassed, mutilated or killed, and I will not be able to monitor them as the tank will be at her home. I'm almost giving up on the betta idea because it seems like too much of a gamble to mix them. :( I just don't know if she would pay any attention to goldfish or a tank with only little tetras or guppies. We are trying to keep her alert and interested. Any input or other suggestions for her future tank?
Thank you!!! Leila :)