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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Are they compatible tank mates????

I was wandering if Killifish are compatible fish mates with bettas?
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Maybe with females, but they are too colorful to be housed with males IMO.

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ive heard that they are. but not sure about bright colored ones though.

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Do yall know how big they get?

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it depends on the type you get. there are tons of different killifish out there

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i agree w/ aekmaki09 killies are territorial on their own and definitely dont need a betta to aggravate them even more.

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I don't think so, they're like really bright and colorful PKs. Aren't they fragile and require low pH? Bettas like low pH, but they can adapt.

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Well, due to some happenings at a recent auction, I've ended up with two in my Betta tank for a week or so now. They seem to be getting along ok, but Walter (my betta) flares at the bigger one every once in a while. The ones I have are not very colorful, so I would be very hesitant about putting any bright ones in with a betta. I don't plan on keeping the ones I have in there any longer than necessary.
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Killifish don't make very good tankmates for bettas. Depending on the species, killifish can be aggressive or shy, and their bright colours and very erratic swimming patterns would stress out a betta.

I keep both and would never house them together.


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Someone also told me that killifish prefer water temps cooler than what bettas like.


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