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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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A betta and a minnow?

While I was at petsmart getting Plunger a ten gallon tank, I saw a minnow in the plant tank that i fell in love with. He was the only fish in there, so I decided to get the story on him. He was put in the turtle tank to be a feeder fish, but he survived against SIX turtles! After that, I knew I wanted to give him a home, and petsmart gave him to me for free. Do you think the minnow and my betta will be okay together?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 03:02 PM
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bettas are tropical fish and prefer a gentle current....and will do well in small tanks...
Minnows require fast flowing waters, a larger space and a group of six or more....
if you keep them together you will be keeping one at the expense of the other...

Feeder fish also often carry diseases due to the less than ideal conditions they are kept in...
I would think over it very carefully...

always research a fish before buying it... even if its free. lol.
It might spare you a lot of trouble down the road :)
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Well I will QT him for two weeks. Then I'll decide what to do with him :P
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Can you post a pic of it? When I think 'minnow' I think of Gambusi Holbrooki (sp? too lazy to google), is that what it is?
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It also depends on your tank size. Minnows are generally very active swimmers and will swim all over the place, which may cause your Betta stress if it's only a 10 gallon or something.

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Here is a video of him.

My betta is in a 10 gallon
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Rosy reds are actually albino Fathead Minnows. (Should help for research purposes) you can catch them with a dip net here, well not Rosies, but wild phase.
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I like the black marking he has on him (:
He's been living by himself for quite a few weeks, so maybe he is used to it? I'm not sure. But I will be doing some research on them!
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He'd be fine alone[there's no fish that really HAS to have groups of their own kinds. They'd be happier, sure -- but it's not an issue otherwise as long as the fish is healthy] ... I'd be worried about him going after the betta's fins tho[mine were rather nippy & playful when I had them] and definitely passing a disease or parasite to him. Keep him in QT for a month and then if there's nothing you should be good.

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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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I know to QT you put them in a separate tank, but is there anything else i need to do to QT him?
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