Tetras + Bettas= What? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
JelloBetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 263
Tetras + Bettas= What?

Well, I'm hoping to get a couple of neon tetras for my new 5 gallon tank. The tank is filtered and large, provides enough space for several fish. However, Chip is in the tank (I put him in last night) and I am wondering, what happens when tetras and bettas mix?

Here's a bit about the tetras I'm going to get.

-Their coming from PetCetera or Petland

-I'm hoping to get 2-3 tetras for my tank

Will it work? I know people are concerned about the tetras biting the bettas fins, but my friend has several tetras along with a betta and they never seem to fight. This is the tank:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg image.jpg (52.3 KB, 278 views)

No fish for now
JelloBetta is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 07:44 PM
Member
 
Larthan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 64
I have a small school of seven neon tetras in the ten gallon with Sputnik. They hang out in one or two groups (one group of four, one group of three), and Sputnik usually ignores them. When he's not ignoring them, he's only half-heartedly chasing them. He can swim much faster than he does when chasing them, so I know he's not really meaning it :P
Larthan is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 07:49 PM
Member
 
rylovesriska's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 201
Tetras really would like to be in a bigger group of 5+
IMO they are more active and happy in bigger group but I do not honk that 6 fish or more can fit in your aquarium. How big is it?

rylovesriska is offline  
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 07:50 PM
Member
 
Sathori's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Canada
Posts: 799
Tetras typically are stressed out if in groups less than 5. A small school of tetras would not likely do well in a 5 gallon tank with a betta. Bettas like to have their own space and may become aggressive towards any fish that invade his territory. Plus your tank is rather bare - when my neons are feeling threatened, they always tuck themselves into the silk plants to feel more secure. With all the open space - there's no where to run and hide if the betta becomes aggressive.

Keep in mind, the fish may "fit", you have to keep behaviour and the bioload in mind. If you exceed your bioload, you will have a large ammonia spike in your tank which will harm all fish in the tank.
Check with aqadvisor.com if you are unsure if your tank is overstocked. IMO, 1 betta and 5 neons would be overstocking the tank.

Last edited by Sathori; 05-01-2014 at 07:52 PM.
Sathori is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 07:50 PM
Member
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Brigantine, NJ
Posts: 2,660
In a larger tank? Nothing. In a tank that's too small, stress happens and stress leads to sickness and death. What you want to do is extremely stressful for the neons - school size is too small, tank size is too small and then to have to share it with a betta? If you have to compromise school size in order to fit a fish in a tank, they don't belong in that tank.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
jaysee is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 08:23 PM
Reference Team
 
LittleBettaFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 8,125
Neon tetras are rather sensitive fish. It sounds like your tank is newly set-up and I am assuming, uncycled. I personally would never recommend neon tetras go into anything but a cycled tank.

I also feel a 5 gallon tank is too small for a quite active schooling fish. These sorts of fish need to be kept in groups and have the space to move about freely.


LittleBettaFish is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Feeding Bettas and Tetras Unity Betta Fish Compatibility 18 04-20-2012 12:39 AM
Tetras and Bettas? BlackberryBetta Betta Fish Compatibility 13 03-04-2011 05:59 AM
tetras and bettas meeka Betta Fish Compatibility 0 08-19-2010 11:46 PM
Neon Tetras and Bettas BearFish96 Betta Fish Compatibility 9 07-20-2009 07:08 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome