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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-29-2010, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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Fish Compatibility

I'm thinking of getting a tank and adding some different types of fish with my Betta. I would like to add 6 neon tetras, 4 ghost fish and maybe a plecostomos. My question is, would ghost catfish be ok to add with the Betta and Tetras? Or are they incompatible? Also, what size tank would I need for that many fish? My boyfriend is thinking 10 gallons, but I'm thinking it would probably need something bigger. Any advise?

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A 10 gallon would be fine for the betta, but not for any other fish since betta are pretty much a solitary fish and can be quite aggressive especially the males. The pleco can grow to over a foot so it would be fine but only for a little while. You could put snails in with the betta.

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The tetras and the pleco are a no no. Plecos get really big and tetras will nip your betta's fins.

The ghost catfish are great but you need 6 of them. If you got 6 ghost cat fish, 1 betta, and maybe a snail or some ghost shrimp (5-10) that would work in a 10 gallon.. as long as you cycled it first and added them slowly. But a bigger tank is always better.

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I have always heard that Tetra's work great with Betta's and that ghost shrimp will rip a Betta Fish to shreds... ?
I don't know what to believe, everything I read and everything people say contradicts each other.

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Ghost shrimp have no way to rip a betta to shreds.. their pincers are just used for scraping off algae. I dunno where you heard that but that's really funny.

Tetras may or may not nip your bettas fins but why risk it? There's also a chance that the betta will antagonize the tetras to death.

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I read that ghost shrimp rip Betta's to shreds here on this message board, but several different users.


I guess I will just continue to research it and make my own conclusions.

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