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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Would this be Overstocking?

Three adult bettas (divided, of course) and three male guppies? A lightly planted 10g tank with weekly 50% water changes. Would that be too many fish?
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IMO, the spaces between each divider wouldn't be enough for the fish to swim around & hide from each other. I think it'd stress them too much.
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I wouldn't put more than 2 Bettas in a divided 10 gallon. JMO, though.

Were you going to put the guppies in with the Bettas? Wouldn't do that, either, because of fin nipping.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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My problem is that I have two bettas already, and ended up getting one guppy that had been caught in a plant. I had to put the guppy on one of two sides of the divider, and the betta and guppy are ignoring each other right now. I have a baby betta that needs to go into the tank when it is a bit bigger. Would it be better just to run and get a critter keeper for the guppy and get two more guppies to keep him company? I have a spare heater for them if that is the case.
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The problem really isn't with overstocking, it's the fact that guppies need at least 10 gallons of swimming room. Technically they are in a 10 gallon tank, but they don't have 10 gallons to move around in. I'd divide the tank for the three bettas and get the guppy his own 10 gallon with a few guppy friends.
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If you can, put the guppies in a 10 gallon with the baby Betta and hope for the best. If it didn't work out you could divide the second 10 gallon. I've kept a guppies in a 5 gallon with no problems. While not a schooling fish, guppies do like the company of their own. Get at least two more; odd numbers work best.

At least you didn't get pond snails as your hitchhiker! Guppies are a lot more fun.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 12:21 AM
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Guppies in a 5 gallon = far from ideal, though.

I second the idea of 2 ten gallon tanks. That way you can have the first divided two or three ways for your bettas and have the second for the guppies and possibly a docile betta.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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My mom would kill me if I asked to get another 10g, she was incredibly reluctant to let me get the one I have. Maybe if I put one betta in a 3g critter keeper and undivide the tank for now? I'll have to figure out a plan for the baby later, but he/she won't be big enough for a while yet I think.
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