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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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I got my blue crowntail guy into my community tank!

I have three adult male bettas. I previously gave each one of them a trial run in my community tank but each one got a failing grade in "plays nicely with others" and had to be removed to a private tank within minutes. But, I really wanted to get one into the community tank. Any one. (I have enough tanks.) So, I put my blue crowntail in a small tank with one opaque side and put it near but not next to the community tank, on a slight angle so he could maybe get some glimpses of other fish (not bettas) but not stare at them. Over the course of a week I slowly rotated his tank until it was parallel to the community tank, then moved it next to it, so he could see right in. Tonight he got moved in, and he's not flaring at my other fish! He has been in there all evening and is doing great, I think he has a new home.

The other fish:
One plain yellow guppy
One black molly
One dalmatian molly
One glow light tetra
One plain boring tetra
Two spotted cories
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 12:39 AM
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What size is that tank?

Tetras really need to be kept in schools of 5 of the same type minimum. Cories, and guppies are also school fish.. and the schooling also keeps the betta off.

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Congrats on acclimating him to community life successfully!! I always wanted to do that too but got rid of the community fish and put in a sorority instead

+1 to callistra. if you have a large enough tank you should really add more members to your schooling species!
But if you dont have room for 5 of each, try to get atleast 3. I've never had problems with 3 or more in schooling groups, but any less and they get stressed out

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Originally Posted by callistra View Post
Tetras really need to be kept in schools of 5 of the same type minimum. Cories, and guppies are also school fish.. and the schooling also keeps the betta off.
I had more tetras but they died quite some time ago, I decided not to replace them. I'm not going to kill off the two survivors but I'm not getting any more. They seem to be okay. Yes, I should maybe have a couple more cories, I've been thinking about doing that but haven't made up my mind for sure or been to the LFS to get some. The two I have largely ignore each other.

I was trying to communicate my happiness and mention some fish my betta is getting along with, not invite criticism.
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I don't think it was criticism, I believe it was mentioned to make sure your tank could keep everyone happy (space wise), and out of each other's way - plus feel safer (some schooling fish prefer large groups because they feel safer). Just be careful, and keep an eye on everyone.

And good job with getting him into a community tank :) I have platys, so I put gouramis in there instead of a betta. At least they are big enough to keep those rascals at bay.

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