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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-12-2010, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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I want to eventually add some sort of buddies for my betta, and I figured I would test it early before he gets too territorial. So I took two lingering female guppies from my 20g, put them into the container I bought the betta in, and submerged it into the betta tank. At first he didnt even notice, but eventually he did. He just swam over, did a few laps around the container, flared a little, then calmly swam back over to his side of the tank. They are all still in the tank (guppies still in container just for safety) but no signs of aggresion what so ever. Looks like I might actually be able to put a few tank mates in with this fella. Any Ideas?? I might try my hand at breeding as well??

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I want to eventually add some sort of buddies for my betta, and I figured I would test it early before he gets too territorial. So I took two lingering female guppies from my 20g, put them into the container I bought the betta in, and submerged it into the betta tank. At first he didnt even notice, but eventually he did. He just swam over, did a few laps around the container, flared a little, then calmly swam back over to his side of the tank. They are all still in the tank (guppies still in container just for safety) but no signs of aggresion what so ever. Looks like I might actually be able to put a few tank mates in with this fella. Any Ideas?? I might try my hand at breeding as well??

Guppy Test!!!!

Any Fry may become a snack for your Betta.

What size tank is he in?
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they are in a 10g. Theyre not fry...not anymore, they were feeder guppies when I had my turtle, but when I let him go (dont worry he was a painted tutrle and are common where i live) these two were hiding under the plants. kept them and they have grown maturaty. fedder guppies seem pretty plane...lol
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they are in a 10g. Theyre not fry...not anymore, they were feeder guppies when I had my turtle, but when I let him go (dont worry he was a painted tutrle and are common where i live) these two were hiding under the plants. kept them and they have grown maturaty. fedder guppies seem pretty plane...lol

They *SHOULD* be okay with him, Just be prepared to take them out if he starts on them..

Make sure theirs plenty of cover (plants) and places for them to hide
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Yes, i agree with karlhague, just make sure they can get away, or else they might turn into a tasty snack...

Hmm, well I have a lot of fish...
517 bettas
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let them roam around freely in the tank a bit today. everything went just swimingly
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let them roam around freely in the tank a bit today. everything went just swimingly
Good, Keep us informed please mate.

Would be good to hear that he has NOT eaten them or harassed them LOL
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So far so good, they have been swimming around together for about a day now. I think it helps that the guppies are laid back as well and not zipping around all over the tank.
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