Considering a Betta male or female (?) for my 45 gal aquarium. Ive seen them in community tanks at stores and would really love to keep one in mine. The current inhabitants are 7 cardinal tetras 6 rummy nose tetras,1 small blue ram, 2 small angels, 3 green corys and 1 royal pleco. Its planted fairly well with artificial plants and 2 large pieces of driftwood. The temp is kept at 81 deg. Is this possible? If so can I keep multiple females? Also is filter current an issue? I run 2 Penguin 200 filters would this be to strong a current for a Betta? I apologize for playing 20 questions and any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Ok, so no go on my 45 gal. No biggie cuz Im gonna be setting up a 15 gal community tank soon and would like to keep a betta in that. Any suggestions or warnings for tank mates? I would like to base my stock on betta compatibility.
For a compatible tank mate in a 15 gallon I would personally get a shoal (about 6 or so) of some endlers or perhaps some peaceful WCM minnows (provided the tank stays warm enough for the betta and cool enough for the minnows, which requires finding a good balance to keep both fish species happy) you might be able to fit a small shoal of neons but they might not work in just a 15 gallon and can become nippy when not give enough space or enough individuals per shoal (6 should be minimum)
I love betas in a community tank. I have a 20g long with a male betta, a school of neon tetras, a small school(4) of Cory cats, a small pleco and some assassin snails.
For a 15g I'd recommend a small group of bottom feeders like Cory cats, loaches, otos or one of something larger like a bristle nose pleco and a small school of a mid level swimmer like tetras or danios
I also love the idea of doing a southeast Asian black water pool biotope based around a betta. That could be one betta, 6 harlequin rasboras and 3-5 ghost shrimp for example for a 15g. Here's a link to some informant about the biotope: http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope_se_asia_pool.htm
Also keep In mind that it is best to have a lot of plants and hiding places when you have a betta in a community tank and introduce the betta last in to the tank. Not all betas will be able to coexist safely in a community tank though.
I have a 20g tank with 7 neon tetras, 3 guppies, 2 albino cory cats, 1 bristlenose pleco and my male betta, Oscar. I added my betta last. It worked well. He is very happy. No one is nipping anyone else. I was a little concerned about the guppies, yet, they stay at the top of the tank a lot and Oscar cruises the whole tank and is cool with all the other fish.