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A male and a female should never be put together unless you are trying to breed them and that should be done carefully and with as much research as your brain can handle Some people who have experimented have had success but in my opinion and others on here will agree with me, it shouldn't be done. If you want to have more fish then upgrading to a 10 gallon would give you more of an option

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i was told that you need 1 gallon per fish!
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the petstores say that so people will buy more fish there are many other factors then just how many gallons are suitable you need to understand bettas are territorial and may not like a friend in such a small space or vice versa. But if say you got a 5 gallon one other fish might be ok. but I would wait until you have a bigger tank. Or you could find a new female as a neighbour again even A lot of tropical species are also more delicate than bettas though bettas should have a heater and all that but can be hardy sometimes without one...a lot of other species it is a must or they will not survive at all. So you have to think if your set up is good for other tropical species as well.

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the petstores say that so people will buy more fish there are many other factors then just how many gallons are suitable you need to understand bettas are territorial and may not like a friend in such a small space or vice versa. But if say you got a 5 gallon one other fish might be ok. but I would wait until you have a bigger tank. Or you could find a new female as a neighbour again even A lot of tropical species are also more delicate than bettas though bettas should have a heater and all that but can be hardy sometimes without one...a lot of other species it is a must or they will not survive at all. So you have to think if your set up is good for other tropical species as well.

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one more question. Is it ok to use well water?
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Corys are fun but prefer to live in groups of at least 4-6...so ya, 10g.

His 'growing twice the size' was him showing aggression, showing her that this is his territory. He honestly did not want to make friends :P


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Well water depends on the hardness really, but if you have particularly hard water I would mix it with some tap water to soften it up a bit before you use it. If the water is not overly hard then I would say it would be okay to use.

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Well water works fine, in my experience (I really don't have that much experience. I've only had my betta for almost a week.) . But, keep in mind that we had our water tested recently so I know the properties of our well water. It should be fine as long as you use water conditioner.
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