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post #11 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-26-2012, 06:37 PM
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You could make a community tank. I used to have a 55 with angel fish.

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Well now that I have alternatives on the tanks dealbreaker I will have to look for dual filter setups and suitable tankmates. I was mostly concerned about the wellbeing of the Betta. What I want is a community tank centered around a Betta. So making sure that all the others can live with a Betta is important.

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It would also help us if you gave us your water's pH, and hardness. Some fish like Kuhli Loaches only thrive in tanks that are soft and acidic, and will not thrive in tanks that have hard water. Plakats are fast swimmers and probably do better in such a big tank rather than a halfmoon.
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Neil.. so excited that you're posting in unrelated threads? :p

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I have yet to set up the tank but if you mean the citys tapwater the water is "soft" 2.7-3.3 dH, and has a pH value that hovers around 8.
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Soft water is good for tetras and peaceful cichlids such as rams. :) Kuhlis will also do well in it, though they may object to your pH. I'd consider lowering it with driftwood or peat moss. :)

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At the moment I am looking at platies or some docile tetras. I am considering getting a bristlenose pleco aswell. I thought keeping any kind of chiclid with a Betta was a big no no. A pair of rams look kind of neat if they can get along with the betta. Since driftwood makes the loaches feel better with more hiding space I think that might be a good idea.

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Sorry, I forgot about the betta.

I have heard of people keeping docile single rams in with bettas, but I'd wait for more opinions on that. :)

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Well I'm not a cichlid guy so it's not a big loss, and I'd rather be safe than sorry. According to AqAdvisor I shouldn't be keeping a BN pleco with a betta, yet when I google it people say that it should be fine in a tank of 30+ gallons?
In general I'm looking for something noncory since the loaches hang around the bottom already. But I would like something bigger than tetras that is friendly enough to share the tank with a betta. So far platies seems to be the only ideal fit.
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