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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-06-2010, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of tank mate should I get him?

I have a new Betta. I'm going to give him a while to settle into his new tank, but after that I wanted to get him a tank mate or mates.

What's the best to get him?

I have a 5-gallon tank and he's around 2 inches long (I'm hoping the little guy will get bigger).

I was debating about an algae eater of some sort but those tend to get really big and I'm not sure how well he'd take to one.

I heard neon tetras tend to make good tank mates, but they need to be in a school, and I don't think I could get that many without overstocking the tank.

Any opinions/advice?


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In a 5 gallon tank all you can really have are snails or shrimp. Both require a filtered tank. In all honesty your fish would be happier by himself.

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SHRIMP! there fun to watch wont bother your betta and will clean the tank he may eat them tho
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 09:20 PM
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Shrimp and or snails!
Yea what 1fish. said..he may be happier alone, just get him a ton of low light easy to care for plants and he'll be a happy lil' dude.
Use this site for aquarium stocking info. : aquadvisor.com
I use it all the time, very helpful.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 04:35 AM
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Im not saying im right or disagreeing with you but i have a 4 gallon tank with a betta, two serpae tetras and two black widow tetras and they seem pretty happy
but dont take my advice it might just be a one off thing all bettas are different

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 12:46 PM
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the base problem with a heavy stocked small tank <30 gallons is that unless you are really dutious about maintenance it has too little buffer time till systems collapse.
less time untill amonia reaches toxic levels
less time till poop turns water acidic etc.
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 07:43 PM
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Just get yourself some glass shrimp :) I love watching my betta and them interact.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-26-2010, 06:09 PM
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My brother was going to get a ghost shrimp or two to keep with his betta fish, but the store person said the betta will eat the ghost shrimp. Is this true?
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They might, they might not. All depends on the betta. I've got 7 in my tank right now, and my betta hasn't eaten any. He chases them sometimes, but that's about it.
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I've had two different bettas in with ghost shrimp, and while they might nip at tails sometimes, 95% of the time they were left alone to mind their own business. In my tank, at least, my bettas seem fairly relaxed.

Invertebrates are sensitive to water conditions and changes, however, so just be sure to keep up with only partial changes.

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