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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 5 gallon tank with my male betta inside. I wanted to get maybe 2 cories. Would that be a problem with the betta?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 11:14 AM
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IMO-5gal is not big enough for a proper school of cory cats...they are social fish and do best when kept in larger numbers...4 at the very least and 6-8 even better....then you get to see more natural behavior and they can be really neat fish to watch play....

IMO-5gal is not big enough for any other fish species with the Betta...maybe some shrimp and/or snail provided that you have plenty of hiding places....
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Ah, okay. Thank you.

What if I upgrade to a 10Gallon tank? I would really like to see my betta have some friends
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Bettas don't really need or in most cases appreciate tankmates. That's more for our own enjoyment, which is fine as long as their are no ill effects for the fish. Whether a betta will tolerate tankmates differs from betta to betta. I have 4 cories in a ten gallon with a betta and the only time he notices them is when he thinks they might have food. Just make sure you watch for at least an hour after you introduce them to make sure that your betta doesn't care about tankmates. If possible, put the cories in first, so they have time to find all the hidey holes and then put in the betta. If he goes after them, take him or them out right away before the cories get hurt.
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