Okay I am completely new to this forum (or any fish forum for that matter!) and I have had a quick look over some topics like the petco baby betta thread and some other compatibility topics but I was wondering what can be housed with a baby
Don't worry I didn't purchase it from a pet shop; I never knew they sold such young fish anywhere (I'm from Australia and I know there are some laws regarding the sale of baby/juvenile animals). I got her (I think its' a she but it is really hard to tell because she's a wild type Betta splendens
so I'll just continue with calling him/her a "her") from a breeder who had to urgently get rid of stock and since they trusted me to take care of an animal, as well as love it, they let me have her.
Okay she is really small, not like so small she doesn't have colour (as I said she is a wild type), but she is about a cm (0.39 inch) in length. She has a heated tank with a sponge filter, fake half log as a cave, a leaf hammock, java moss, some sort of aquatic grass that is native to Australia and a clipping of a plant I can't remember the name of. Her tank holds about 19 to 20L (the dimensions are like 36L x 22 x 24cm) and there is a large-ish (1.5 to 2 inches?) yellow Mystery Snail in there too (I've never owned an aquatic snail but I was given it). The reason for a tank that size is because the general consensus I've come across is that if they are kept in a tank too small (especially with other bettas) their growth gets stunted from hormones they release and that it is easier to heat/maintain. I also have read that baby betta fish like to school because it makes them feel safe (makes sense), however I do not breed betta fish and she is the only she, and the only baby betta I have (I do have 2 adult males bettas but I definitely know they can't/shouldn't be housed with her).
So my questions:
- can she have a tank mate
-should I let her grow a bit more before considering tank mates and if so how much
- should I get her a tank mate(s)
- if I were to get her tank mates what should the tank mates be (remember this is in relation to a baby)
- has anyone else given baby bettas a sort of "surrogate" school before
- will she benefit from having tank mates at this age
Also if a tank mate didn't work out I know to make sure there is a spare home for the extra fish.
p.s. correct me if I am wrong/seem to be doing anything bad/sugestions etc
p.p.s. I also wasn't sure where this topic belonged; sorry!