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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Friends for a Betta in a 20 Gal?

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My first Betta died recently and I am thinking about getting another one! My last little guy was in a big bowl, but it was not heated and filtered, which I think had something to do with his illness and death. After that I resolved to get a better set up for my next fish, so I have recently acquired a 20 Gallon tank from a friend at work. I plan on getting the appropriate heaters/filters/plants in the next few weeks.
My question is, what sort of fish would be suitable to put with my new Betta? I loved the breed and definitely want another one, but with a tank so big I would not mind putting in some other little fishies! Suggestions/Comments?Concerns?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 08:30 PM
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Pakistani Loaches(they school minimum of 3 recommended)
Ghost Shrimp, Zebra Snails, Bristlenose Pleckos(Be careful of the time when the Plecko grows to the point and is large), Neon tetras, African Dwarf Frogs.

I take no credit for the above list, I got it from this site:http://www.squidoo.com/tankmates

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You could probably have a school of fish (at least 5 tetras, danios, rasboras, or cherry barbs, for example), a shoal (3) of bottom feeders like Julii Cories or Oto Cats, which are both super cute; a bunch of ghost shrimp or red cherry shrimp, and a snail (nerite, apple, mystery, malaysian trumpet, or assassin)



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Pakistani Loaches(they school minimum of 3 recommended)
Ghost Shrimp, Zebra Snails, Bristlenose Pleckos(Be careful of the time when the Plecko grows to the point and is large), Neon tetras, African Dwarf Frogs.

I take no credit for the above list, I got it from this site:http://www.squidoo.com/tankmates
The species loach you suggested is not a fish that can live long term in 20 gallon tank. They get to be 5" long (sometimes even longer) and require much more space due to their highly active nature. So I highly caution against that.

Another issue I see here is with the Bristlenose. All plecos put out a ton of waste into the water which would require some really good filtration for the 20 gallon. That kind of filtration may not be comfortable for the betta.

Now as per the OP I can only reference what I have had success keeping a betta with. Keep in mind it really depends on the betta to begin with as per if he/she will put up with tank mates to begin with. Various smaller species of Rasbora (such as the Harlequin and Galaxy) can do well in a group of 8 (wouldn't go more than that) and are an appropriate tank mate.

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