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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Can I put two bettas together in a 10 gallon tank?

I want to transfer my red male Betta from a 1 1/2-gallon tank to a 10-gallon tank for some fancy guppies I want to put in the smaller tank. Can I put two Bettas together in a 10-gallon tank or will they still fight? I have heard something about if they are in a larger tank and maybe put some other fish in there that it would be okay. Just want to be sure before I do that. If not, what are some other fish that would go great with my fish?
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No way!!! They will rip each others fins to shreds even in a 200 gallon aquarium!!!
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You could always divide the tank so each fish has 5 gals to themselves. Just make sure its very steady and that goes over the water level.
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Nope, you can never put two bettas together, ever. You could use a divider in the 10 gallon so that both bettas can use the tank but still be safely separated.

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What they said...

Also.. your putting fancy guppies in a 1.5 gallon tank? Or am I misunderstanding that? I'm pretty sure guppies need to be in groups of at least 6 in 10 gallon tanks or larger.

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 02:04 PM
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I've heard that it's at least two females to one male or you can have all males or all females 5 gal +. You can keep the males in the same tank if you DIVIDE the the tank like the others said.

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-11-2010, 12:07 PM
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I've read a bout the 2f to 1 m idea, however a couple issues there are domminant female being aggresive toward the other, jelousy(to girls fighting over a guy, hey fish do it to), or the fish might just not get along( even if they are a docile breed of Bettas)
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 04:13 PM
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I wouldn't put them together in a 10gal.

However, I don't agree with a lot of the comments here. I have several males and 10+ females in the same 125gal tank. Lots of plants and lots of rocks have been key to my success.
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I can imagine a 125+ gallon tank working fine... the reason that a 10 gallon wouldn't work is because the fighting males wouldn't be able to flee far enough, spending time miserable because of stress. 125 gallons, though, is plenty of space to lose a pursuer and de-stress. Females can flee males, males can flee females, males can flee males, and females can flee females. The amount of space is key. And 125 gallons is a LOT of space, lol. So I wouldn't say that males can NEVER be placed together, but you MUST, MUST, MUST have a large, heavily planted tank with multiple hiding spots.

But to answer the question, as the others have said, no, you cannot place two males in a undivided 10 gallon tank. It would pretty much assure death. Don't believe youtube.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 07:58 PM
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Most of the posts above sound reasonable. But to do so in a 10 gal just simply divide the tank. 5 g is a pretty decent amount of space for a betta to live in. I think you can buy dividers at a store, or maybe you could make them...?
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