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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-10-2009, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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how many fish can be in 3 gal tank with my female betta?

My female betta Serena would like some tank mates...She is lonely! It's a 3 gallon tank- how many and what kind of fish are the best friends for her? Thanks in advance!
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A 3 gallon tank is too small for her to have tankmates. Bettas are solitary fish and do fine by thenselves.
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-10-2009, 09:38 PM
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you can try 4-6 ghost shrimp.
i cant guarentee your betta will see them as friends or food but give it a shot.
the shrimp are sold as "feeder shrimp" to begin with
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she's a very non-aggressive fish... in fact, i had her with another female betta for a while but the other betta kept pestering Serena (biting her fins) and Serena did nothing about it. She's very friendly.... I may try 2-3 neon tetras and then if that goes ok for a few weeks then i may get 2 or so other smallll fish
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your not going to fit many more fish in a 3 gallon tank first of all. second neon tetras are schooling fish and prefer to be in a minimum of 6. This does not mean to go out and buy 6 since i said they are schooling fish, as mentioned the betta is fine by it self.
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If you are going with anything at all, I'd try the ghost shrimp.
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I can tell you from direct personal experience that adding a small number of neon tetras to a small betta tank is a bad idea.
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First Bettas are not a schooling fish. You cannot put 2 female together otherwise one with try and dominate the other, hence the fin biting you have noticed. Second, the general rule of thumb with fish tanks are 1 inch of fish for every gallon of water. Since you have a 3 gallon tank and Betta's grow to be about 2 to 3 inchs you do not have the room for anything more than 1 fish in your tank. If wish to have your fish "interact" with other fish then you can 2 or 2 times a day hold a mirror up to the glass and allow her to protect and mark her territory.
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The inch per gallon is bunk. This is only a guide to avoid overstocking but even the rule itself cannot clearly justify which species will work with a particular tank size bearing in mind it will not make sense to keep a 10-inch oscar in a 10 gallons which most beginners often interpret with. Compatibility, space and other factors are to be considered. If I were you, stick with the betta or get a larger tank if you really want to add more fish.

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I'm with Lupin, Get a larger tank if you want more fish. A ten gal tank would be ample room for betta and small school of tetras of the small variety.

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