Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Southern California
30 gallon stocking w/ male betta.
I want to upgrade to a 30 gallon tank, and I need betta compatibility
I started out with saltwater and fell in love with the fish world. From there I got a freshwater a month later (10 gallon) for my 1 year *dating* anniversary! Then my mom's coworker gifted my sister and I with betta fish. I never liked them. I found them droll and overrated. Everyone had one and they were mean fish, but I kept my little Alpha in a bowl. I learned to love him! He followed whenever I passed by. Sometimes he flared his gills when he was swimming. Then he got pop-eye. I will admit, I was not doing frequent water changes. However he managed to fight it off, but was never the same (he has a crooked spine and may be blind. Since then he is now splitting a 5 gallon with his buddy Gamma, the guy I bought a month later. Then my sister got lazy and gave me her Betta, Gordo. I put him in my 10 gallon with my Tiger barb, platy, and zebra danio. He did amazing. No one bothered him! He flared at the tiger barb and that was it! I bought him a girlfriend, Delta, because the LFS lady said "they are easy to breed". Research proved otherwise so I put her in Alpha's old bowl. She is now the fattest betta a I have ever seen. Gordo died not to long ago because of very poor water changes my sister was doing, but I loved the little guy. After him I could never ever see a community without him! Ever! So I went to the Pet Expo this weekend and for $1 I won a betta my gf picked out. A blue guy with red ventral fins, Epsilon. I got him yesterday and he seems to be adjusting fine.
Long story short, I can not think it imaginable to have a fish tank with no betta! So I need some compatibility help! I won't be getting this until the winter, but I want some Ideas. Going in there will for sure be;
1 Male Betta
6 Panda Corydoras (or another variety)
1 Tiger barb (because I got this guppy as a hatchling and he is a full fledged adult a year later, he was only there to cycle the tank but now he is in my heart)
I heard that these fish do not like too many schooling fish, and you don't want to many either so I am pretty confused on stocking. I was thinking in addition to those (minus the tiger barb because me may die.) maybe this;
1 Red Tailed Shark*
*I heard they are not good with bettas
I want more fish in there. Just like 2 more different species. What about Killifish or Rainbowfish? Would those work? Thanks for the help
I work at Tong's Tropical Fish in socal! Only Part-time so I will let you know the days i work if you PM me. I hope to learn a lot of good things from them. And am happy to share the advice to you!