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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-12-2010, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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Question betta and awesome tank mates.

I have a 2.65 gallon tank with a male betta and i was wondering if there was any good pleco or sucherfish kinda thing that would make an awesome tank mate to clean up the gravel and stuff! Thanks
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How about corydoras and how many? can they stay in with my betta in a 1.5 and 2.65 gallon tank?
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Plecs will grow way toooo big for your tank and its also not really suitable for any kind of cories are they also like to be in a group
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Nothing is suitable as a tank-mate in that small of a tank.. Just a betta is the only thing I would put in there.

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If you want to clean up the gravel, get a snail. Cories do not clean, they are just bottom feeders and need to be in a group and at least a 10 gallon to feel happy.
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As doggyhog said there is nothing you can put in a tank that size with a betta. Its just too small. That includes snails and shrimp. If you want tank mates your going to need to get a 3+ gallon tank. If you want a tank with fish in it your going to need to get a 10+ gallon tank.

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I would suggest a larger tank if you want the betta to have a tankmate. At least 5 gallons, 10 would be more suitable. Then you could put snails in there once there is a lot of algae and bacteria for them. And shrimp or ADF's could leave peacefully with a betta too. As for fish i would recommend a platy and certain types of loaches. Nothing aggressive or long-finned.

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I hate it when people say "Go out and buy a bigger one it's too small" Ugh. If you could buy a bigger one, what would you be doing with a 2.65 gal anyways? Shees. I do not know of any that would work. My betta is by himself in a 2.5 gal tank right now, but I a'm getting two cherry shrimp at Christmas time. =D I would recomend a snail. I know you said fish, but all the bottom feeders I can think of would out- grow the tank. Plecos grow huge, and cories are just scavengers. They won't clean the tank. Seriously, snails are SUPER cute and just 1 would be perfect. But be prepared with lettuce or the like when it needs food other then just algae. Because not much algae will grow in a 2.65 gal tank. Like.. ever. So make sure it gets enough food! Of course, I bet you prefer fish over snails. Most people do. Even I do! Your tank IS big enough for one other fish... but no bottom feeders would do. Snails is the only option. Darn. =(
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Actually a 2.5 gallon tank is not big enough for another fish. A tank that small just doesn't have enough room to support two fish, especially with an aggressive species like Betta splendens. Any fish that would stay a small enough size to be put in a tank like that require a shoal which means they must be in 10+ gallon tanks.

A snail would do but most people get mystery snails for their first snail and they would not do well in such a small tank without lots of extra water changes considering how much waste they produce. A nerite snail may be a good choice but the OP doesn't seem to like snails. Even then an extra water change would be needed because that is over stocking a tank that small.

You might get away with putting a shrimp or two in there but in a tank that small I can't see how the shrimp will be able to hide from the betta should he choose to eat them.

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I hate it when people say "Go out and buy a bigger one it's too small" Ugh. If you could buy a bigger one, what would you be doing with a 2.65 gal anyways? Shees. I do not know of any that would work. My betta is by himself in a 2.5 gal tank right now, but I a'm getting two cherry shrimp at Christmas time. =D I would recomend a snail. I know you said fish, but all the bottom feeders I can think of would out- grow the tank. Plecos grow huge, and cories are just scavengers. They won't clean the tank. Seriously, snails are SUPER cute and just 1 would be perfect. But be prepared with lettuce or the like when it needs food other then just algae. Because not much algae will grow in a 2.65 gal tank. Like.. ever. So make sure it gets enough food! Of course, I bet you prefer fish over snails. Most people do. Even I do! Your tank IS big enough for one other fish... but no bottom feeders would do. Snails is the only option. Darn. =(

Actually when i brought out that tank from the garage the whole thing was a covered in a thick layer of dark green algae and there is still a few spots with big dots getting bigger and bigger and its really hard to get out of the corners of the tank and all that goodness! :P

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