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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-22-2012, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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How long should I wait before adding a Betta?

I just added a school of six tetra to my 10 gallon tank today, and am wondering how long I should wait for them to get settled before I add my betta, Sulu. I figure a couple days? They look a bit timid in the new tank, all crowded in one corner, but they've only been in there for an hour or so.
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Two problems twenty gallons is neon tetra minimum. Some of if not most Bettas are too aggressive for neon tetras.
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Chocolate betta, neons can do just fine in a 10 gallon... Ad it depends on the fish, most bettas can live with tank mates.

Did you cycle your tank first of all, if not it is gonna go downhill fast. Can you post a picture of the tank as well? The tank should be densely decorated so if the neons need to they can get away from the betta vice versa. I would also add like two more neons before adding the betta, it will help them feel more secure because they will have more numbers. In the wild they will have thousands swimming together, there is no way you can do that in most aquariums though lol.

Also wait at least 4 days if you cycled it, that way the bacteria will have caught up to the amount of waste being produced.


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Yes, its cycled. There are quite a few plants that should provide good cover and a pretty big cave, so I hope it will be sufficient. I thought six was the minimum for a school? However, I am new to this and am not opposed to adding more, if necessary.
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six neon tetras and a betta that could be too aggressive in a 10 gallon tank is bad.
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How did you cycle it?
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-22-2012, 07:41 PM
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I think six is a good number. As long as your betta is fairly calm and has plenty of hidey holes, it should be good. I'd just leave the betta tank set up just in case for a few days.

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In my opinion it'll be fine to add the betta in now since bettas aren't likely to attack schools of fish. Tetras will be terrorfied of him at frist, but they'll get use to him.
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i'd let them hang out there for a few days to a week, let them get used to their surroundings and, if they weren't tankmates at the store, let them bond as a school. if you let them get street-smart and acting cohesively as a group they'll be much less stressed at a big scary betta in their realm.

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Tetras are twenty gallon active fish. Next you all will say Zebra Danios.
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