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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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curious, two male bettas together

I am just curious, but I know a place where they sell sibling bettas, and I hear that if the tank is big like a +10g, they can live together D: is it true?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 08:23 AM
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Only if they provide hiding spots or the bettas are not violent.BTW they are siblings.
Sometimes they will fight for dominance.

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Male bettas prefer to have 3ft square territories, why when you see 2 male bettas in a tank together they tend to be in a 55g+ tank that is heavily planted.
Being siblings does not guarantee they will get along - ask any breeder, 99% of the time the males will be pulled from the grow out tank for being too aggressive with each other and need to be separated. It is rare to see sibling males living their whole lives together - the only person I know who does it successfully is Oldfishlady after multiple generations and lots of work.

Females tend to work better together if they are siblings, but again it depends on each one, as they each have their own preference.

Basically, to house two sibling males you will require a large (close to 55g and bigger), very heavily planted tank to even attempt - a 10 gallon is not going to cut it at all. And even with the best set up there is no guarantee they can live semi-peacefully together... it really is not worth the risk to place them in a 10g together. The only alternative that is safe and recommended is to divide the tank so each male can live in it safely.

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Ahh i see xD cause the store said they could be but we all know storekeepers say anything to sell stuff

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Yep, the only way to make sure they live safely together is by dividing them.. especially as you have no proof they are from the same spawn, don't know if they had been separated before, etc etc etc.

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Oh do u know OldFishLady does it? I WOULD LOVE to hear about that.

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You can easily keep a community of wild bettas :) Some species are very peaceful. Albimarginata are tiny and you could put a trio (2 males, 1 female) in a well planted 10 gallon.

I am pretty sure OFL selectively breeds only the most peaceful fish in each successive generation. She's put years of time and energy into her bettas though.
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That's so cool! I've never heard of those little ones though.

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Many different species of bettas out there :) And all just so pretty! OFL is my idol :D lol

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I wish I could keep to males together.

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