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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Compatable tankmates

Hi I have had my first male betta since october, his name is Cato, and he was happy until last week when her tore his fins on some plastic plants I bought him, which I did take back to petsmart the next day. Since then he has been lethargic, barely eats and won't even come out to see me like he used to. So I was looking into getting some takmates for my little guy. After doing some research I want to stay away from any catfish and probably any barbs. I'm not sure what to get him besides a snail and some live plants. I've done a lot of research on compatability and everyone says something different. Help from anybody?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 08:03 PM
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Um after doing some research I remembered that catfish have spines with venom. And I really don't want something that may hurt me or give me a panic attack in my tank
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 08:39 PM
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If it's a 10 gallon tank you can totally do pygmy corydoras or Hasbrosus (spelling?) cories .. I like the second of the 2.. more active. They don't even get like 2cm long. Get like 5 of either..
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I <3 cories... :}
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 09:32 PM
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Don't worry - unless you actually grab a corydoras cat and squeeze it, you will never be damaged by their spines. Even if you were, catfish that small simply do not have the venom capacity to hurt a human. They won't hurt your betta, either. They are extremely gentle fish. I have kept them with bettas for years, as have many other people, and I have NEVER heard of a betta being attacked by a cory.

However, I'm not sure tankmates are the solution in your case - they may even have the opposite effect by stressing him out and causing him to be more reclusive. Have a look at other factors in your tank. What is the temperature? What is your cleaning schedule? What is the tank size? Does he have lots of things to hide in and play with?

When considering tankmates, there are a number of important factors. First, they have to be happy in your water. For instance, if you have hard, alkaline water, livebearers are good, but they won't be so happy in soft acidic water such as tetras prefer.
Secondly, the tankmate must not be aggressive or nippy. That rules out barbs, as you correctly said, cichlids, other bettas, gouramis, paradise fish, and even certain little schooling fish.
Thirdly, the tankmates shouldn't be too colourful or have very flowing fins - that may invite aggression from your betta.
Fourthly, your tank MUST be large enough to support tankmates - at least ten gallons!

Let us know if you have any questions. :)

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 09:04 AM
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Since this new behavior started after an injury, I would make sure he is totally healed and back to normal before adding new tankmates. What are you doing to treat the injury? Have you had a good look at it?
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compatablity , live plants , no barbs , no catfish , snail

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