Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: USA, Lafayette, OR 97127
meh...chicklet and dramaqueen, you two are being over-dramatic Betta parents!
I say if you want to place them back together, then you'll definatly need a larger tank. You cant have a betta with anything else in a 1 gallon, which is puchig it for even your one betta alone. Sure he can surevive...but woould you prefer a small home that needs water changing every 2-3 days without risk of living in your own filth?
I too started with only 1 male VT betta, and got him a female crown tale as an insentive to get better.
What I did was kept them seperate for about 4 days, until I got a divider [made one from plastic with holes drilled for ventilation / water flow.
After divideing their tank in two, I kept them in their own side for roughly / near 2 weeks, until they actually started to get in each others sides. Started with them switching sides, then next day, they were just together in same side. So since they were both fine, and obviously with each other, I just took it out. Seems that was suficiant time for them to get use to and like each other.
Of coure they had a peck or two here and there, but was mostly at that time around feeding, and if she shadowed him too oftin. Otherwise, I there was enough space and tank decoration that they left each other alone. At that time, they were the only residents of my 10 gal. tank.
About 1 month after they had been together, they tried to breed. But since I didnt remove her, the eggs didnt hatch.
Then after about another month, I moved them into my guppy tank...another thing youll hear people say NOT to do. BUT, the only fish the betta's killed were the guppy babies they like to eat...one reason I put them in there...population control.
you cant believe everything you hear...not all bettas are the same. Your betta might be a fighter, but then again, he might not be. If you keep him in a small tank, odds are he might hurt her. If you get a 5 or 10 gal tank, I believe they should be fine...just remeber to give them their own caves, and plant foliage.
I have plenty of pics and vids to prove my point too ;D
[15 gal community tank] came with: 15+ male / female Guppies and one 6" Chinese Algae Eater: CAEsura...then added:
1 male 2.5" VT Betta: Blue Bandit [8/29/08] +4 female Bettas:
2" CT 'Red Petite Mermaid' [11/28/08] 1" CT 'Mime' [4/20/09] 1" CT 'Ghost Pearl' [4/20/09] 1.25" VT 'Scarlet Seahorse' [4/20/09]
Red added w/ Blue: 12/1/08///Blue & Red into 15 g-tank: 2/19/09///