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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-08-2013, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Why Can't We Be Friends

So today I moved my female Marcy into the tank with Mojo and the other fish. (Marcy is my Walmart Rescue). Please no hate, I really love both my bettas and Marcy doesn't even look one (unless bettas can smell each other...) anyway, they're both so docile I thought I'd put them together. Marcy's stress stripes weren't going away after two weeks so maybe being in a bigger tank will make her happier.
I hope it works out okay. Here's a couple pictures of her, she's in no way the prettiest but I love her anyway, the last picture is her making friends with Mama Shine.
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Okay what size of tank is mojo in? what size of tank is she in now? those stripes are stress stripes. Something is stressing her out badly. It isn't healthy but also depending on her size I had it happen with my store bought bettas but after a while and figuring out what was stressing them, the stripes went away. What is the environment her tank is around right now or in?

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No hate whatsoever but you really can't keep a male and female together permanently without some repercussions. They know they are each bettas and will more than likely wind up either spawning or killing each other.
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The stripes may just be 'cuz she's young.

No hate, but I would never keep two bettas together... To be honest, one of them will end up injured, sick, or dead.

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I agree with MattsBettas and peachii

America (f, HM), Spirit (m, DBLT), Rescue (f, VT), Missile (m, HM), Purnurple (m, HMPK), Dragon (m, VT), platies, mollies, sorority tank of 21 females, AND lots of guppies.
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She had them since I got her, they've been in the tank for two days together and they don't bother each other at all. They're both in a 10 gallon with plenty of hiding room and some other fish.

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Although it may work out short term, it will not work out long term for betta fish.
Although it is easier to have all your fish in the same tank, I feel like you'd run into a bioload issue. It would be best for your female to separate her from the male ASAP. She's uber stressed and stress is never good for their health. Give her a few weeks to herself and to color up. She'll be a shining star in a tank by herself. (:

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I'll consider it, I thought her being in the tank would be better than just being in an unfiltered unheated bowl. Her stress stripes have always been that dark since I got her.

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Neither option is good. Can I ask why you would purchase another betta if the only home you could provide is an unfiltered and unheated bowl?

While initially they may get along (particularly if one fish is super submissive and non-confrontational) two bettas in a tank together is generally going to end badly for either one or both fish.

Trust me, there is nothing worse than coming down and finding one of your bettas dead. I had a male torn to absolute pieces by a group of females. Even his beard was ripped out. It was horrific and it was completely my fault for thinking they would co-habitate peacefully forever (he lived with them for at least a year before this happened).


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I agree with LBF... If you aren't prepared for another animal, don't buy one.

I would recommend dividing the tank.
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