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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-06-2008, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question Thinking about a Betta tank

would a six gallon be able to fit something like a betta and some tank mates like rasboras or neons? would some khuli loaches also fit into this? also ive heard that the filter in an eclipse system (which is what i was planning on getting) is too strong. is this true? would it be cheaper/ possible to just get like a little 6 gallon tank and put my own lights/filter on it?
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No Kuhli Loaches in anything under 15G IMO... Best to leave the betta by him/herself if its only a 6 gallon... You don't want it overcrowded.

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Eclipse filters are not strong.

I really would only get a betta for a 6 gallon, with maybe 3 cories. You wouldn't be able to put in tetras, rasboras because of the group size they need (and they will nip at the betta). Kuhliis would be fine if this was a 10G tank.
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thanks cody. any specific type of cories? i know some get different sizes.
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I've got a 6gl Eclipse that houses a betta w/5 otos.
If I didn't already have the otos I would have 6 pygmy cories.
The filter is not too strong and the betta is very happy in this tank.
I got some guppy grass floating on the top of the tank and the betta swims around & under the grass, and even hangs out by the output of the filter. I really like my little Eclipse and I know the betta does to.

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thanks cody. any specific type of cories? i know some get different sizes.
Most stay under 3". Peppered, Bronze, and "Green" are the most common from what I've seen. Peppered looks the best of those three IMO. And as stated, you could do 6 Pygmy Cories.

Or even a betta, 4 cories, and 2 ottos. Ottos need algae though.
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Corys and otos should be in groups of 5-6 minimum... Seperating them will change their behaviour, similar to the Botia Striata separated... They are definitely not as lively...
If you truly want other life in your tank besides a Betta, maybe get 2-3 Malaysian trumpet snails, or something similar... Or maybe some Crystal Red shrimp/Cherry Red Shrimp...
Just my 2 cents...

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Ottos, from my experience, do great in only two-three.

Cories also fare well in small groups. No to be 100% contradictory, but I've seen it a lot.

But everyone has seen many things...
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Maybe it simply depends on the environment that the otos are kept in?
I'd read & heard that they like be in groups. I've got seven in my display tank and I've never seen more than two to three hanging out together at any one time.
The five that are in my 6gl tend to stay together but it's a small tank, where else would they go? So, based on my experience I'd say I don't know what they prefer

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My 3 cories used to come out a lot more when they were by themselves. Then I got 3 more and the original 3 decided to hide more with the others. I do think they like the extra company though. I think some pygmy cories (group of 6) would do great with a betta in a 6 gallon. Just make sure you have sand substrate. Shrimp would probably also work.

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
20 gallon long:2 freshwater dwarf puffers (Puff Puff and Poofer); medium-light planted tank
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