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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-17-2010, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Best betta buddy? bump

What is the best betta buddy? Danios, barbs, mollies?
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None of those are acceptable tank mates for bettas. IMO the only fish that make good tank mates for Bettas are Harlequin Rasboras (in a group), dwarf corydoras (in a group) or glass catfish (in a group). All of those should be in groups of 6 and IMO a betta would only be good with them in tanks 15+ gallons.

In smaller tanks I don't think fish tankmates are a good choice for a betta. IMO snails and shrimp and maybe african dwarf frogs are the only good tankmates for tanks 5-10 gallons.

Honestly though most bettas are most happy when left alone. Bettas are not people and do not need "friends" to be happy.

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I have 3 skunk corydoras and 1 mystery snail in with my betta in my 10 gallon and everything is fine.

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lol I just want to see. I am getting a bigger tank and wonder if there are any betta buds to make it more lively and something to play with lol.

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Sadly, Betta's are not the kind of fish who like to play with others :( See them as a bully at school. They want to play but still want to look the coolest and most mean so they push around the others until they cry. Not the best thing to have! They are great alone though or with some bottom dwellers that keep to themselves.

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I mean mess with lol. I WAS TALKING ABOUT BOTTOM DWELLERS! Not to shout but I just want another fish. I was not going to do it now just wanted opinions. Should I? Could I? Would I? I know a bud would not be a "friend" but a cleaner fellow.

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IMHO if you want to experience different fish just put them in a different tank. Almost any betta person will agree a betta is most happiest and least stressed by himself. There are those that would fool themselves into thinking that their fish is actually happier now that he has tankmates but I honestly think they're fooling themselves.

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I agree with Jackie. Bettas are solitary fish and do best by themselves.
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I hope you don't ever get mollies! They behave disgustingly IMO: produce a lot of waste (and then eat their own poo if not removed immediately), females constantly having babies and then eating them, males always wanting to mate and harassing females...
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I hope you don't ever get mollies! They behave disgustingly IMO: produce a lot of waste (and then eat their own poo if not removed immediately), females constantly having babies and then eating them, males always wanting to mate and harassing females...
I agree that Mollies are a huge pain.

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