I work at a vet hospital inside of petsmart, and all the girls at the fish wall know I am in love with my fish Merlin. (Who I wound up adopting because his previous owners weren't caring for him).
When I got Merlin he had fin rot something fierce and his tail is still growing back. He's a little cantankerous but I adore him and his fierce personality. I recently got a plecostomus (I'm doing a Camelot theme so it's been interesting finding fish for my 5g tank that will function in the space provided).
Two nights ago someone came into petsmart and left a male platy. He's pretty small (they don't get very large, but they're livebearers and community fish), he's very messy which I'm not very fond of, and I've had him quarantined because he's coming from another tank and I don't want him infecting my other two fish.
But I can't find anywhere if it's okay to mix platies and bettas. I wouldn't worry too much because everything I have read seems to indicate he's a peaceful fish, but he's kind of hyperactive, and again, he's a community fish.
I guess what I'm trying to figure out is, is it okay to put him in my tank with my betta. (Who is known to be a little aggressive already?). I really don't want to come home tyo find my betta has eaten the platy. I would just...be beyond disturbed.
Also, I don't want to stress Merlin out too much by introducing a hyperactive fish to the tank, also--the platy is messy. Are they typically messy fish? I like to keep my tank clean because my betta seems to prefer it that way.
Any advice? Helpful tips?
Hi by thew way! I'm new!