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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question Modifiying betta behavior?

Hello all,

I have noticed that some people are able to keep male Bettas in the same tank with each other. I am wondering how they go about this. Is it the temperament of those particular Bettas? Is is a conditioning thing? Can you tell if a Betta is more docile than others though visual inspection?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 07:32 PM
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Most people use a divider. Just a big plastic thing that goes in the middle.

The only times I've ever heard of males being housed together successfully without dividers were OFL (I believe) who used a massive heavily planted tank. Also people who keep them in heavily planted outdoor ponds.

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This is NOT something just anyone should do. OFL has years of experience and knows what she's doing.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-25-2011, 12:44 AM
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I have only had one time where I had two males living in the same tank with no divider. It was a 10gal with a huge fake log filter in the middle and plants. I put them in at the same time and even had a female in there. All 3 lived together for around 7 months. This ended when I left them in the care of my roommates for 3 weeks (with a what to do list) and came back to all of them dead, a whole can of pellets that was dumped into the tank, rotting, and the water so low the filter was not even running. I was sooooo pissed!!! >.<

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To my knowledge...males can only be housed together when they are father and son and aren't seperated from spawning into adulthood. The male keeps the fry in check and by the time they are adults they see their father as the dominant fish and won't fight him.

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To my knowledge...males can only be housed together when they are father and son and aren't seperated from spawning into adulthood. The male keeps the fry in check and by the time they are adults they see their father as the dominant fish and won't fight him.
I didn't know that.. That's pretty cool info.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 06:34 PM
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most of the time they do this they were from the same spawn meaning they were always together and never separated and they were in big tanks like somewhere around 35 gallons
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