Join Date: May 2013
Location: Massachusetts, U.S.
Introducing Betta to New Fish
(I'm sorry if this isn't the right place for this question, I wasn't sure.)
Hello everyone. I was wondering if you guys had tips for introducing new fish to a Betta. I already have two Cories with my boy, Benny, in a ten gallon. I discovered after getting the Cories that they prefer larger groups so I am planning to get a few more when I can afford to. However, I'm not sure how well Bettas deal with new fish being added to their tank. Benny and the Cories were added to their tank at the same time so I never had trouble with them. Benny seems to be very tolerant of them and seems to enjoy their company, often looking around in the gravel with them to grab any scraps of food they miss. But he has never attempted to harm them. He has very briefly flared at them a few times but only because he gets very close to the Cories when they eat and a couple times it looked like they accidentally got his tail trying to suck up food. Benny is very happy, healthy, and calm so I don't think I'll have any problems. However, I would like to do my best to avoid any problems. I don't want anyone getting hurt or stressed. This is my first time having a Betta with other fish, so I'm a bit unsure of how these things should be done.
2 Boys: Benedict (VT), Ramses (King PK) 3 Girls: Gylfie, Sonata, Alice (all VT) 5 Cory Catfish: Sherlock, Watson, Mycroft, Howard, Gimpy