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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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female betta and guppies

Hi - I have 2 guppies in a 12 gallon tank and I'm thinking about getting a female betta. Does anybody have any experience with female bettas and guppies? I've heard you can't put male bettas with guppies. I also want to get either balloon molly's or neons at some point. Do you think that would work?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 02:09 PM
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i had a female in my 10 gal guppy tank for a wile. There was a few nips out of some guppy's tails but all was good. I guess it depends on the betta. It cant hurt to try though, just keep a close eye on the female if you decide to add her.
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I heard that was a big no no because of the nipping
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 02:37 PM
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Yeah I can see how just as male bettas may mistake male guppies for competition, female bettas might mistake female guppies as a 'sorority sister' and try to bully out a pecking order. Just a thought. This may not be an issue where you have 6 or more female bettas and guppies in total.
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It probably depends on the female's personality.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 03:39 PM
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I think it's fine. If they don't like each other, take the female betta out right away! Good luck and post pictures!

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 10:33 PM
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It really depends on the betta. I had a female betta with a 6 guppies, they tried to nip and she turned around and got the guppy back, they never attacked her again.

I as for neons, they wrok really well with bettas because they are small fish and get scared very easily. I have heard Mollies are also good, but then again I have heard some interesting stories. It will trial and error.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 05:28 AM
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I've got one guppy in with 13 females, they get on fine, the guppy is in good shape with his fins all intact, i doubt he'd cause the females any concern as theres alot more of them than him..
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