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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-28-2011, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Question Which Fish?

I was at petsmart yesterday and I asked what kind of fish can live with male bettas, she said that they can't live with any. Is this true, she even said that a male can't live with snail? If this is not true list all fish that can live with a MALE BETTA

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I have a male betta that is in a 10 gallon with a mystery snail, ghost shrimp and 5 albino cory cats.

I have housed neon tetras before with males.
I know some people have house guppies but that is a bit risky.
Your best luck is with neons, shrimps such as cherry shrimp, ghost shrimp, snails, and cory cats.


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Aren't tetras fin nippers?

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Some are. But alot of members have had success with neon tetras. As long as they are kept in a group of 6 it reduces the chance of fin nipping. Including myself. I did try glowlight tetras but it was a constant battle of fin nipping from the betta and the glowlight so I had to remove them.


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What fish can live with a MALE betta in a 2.5 gallon tank w/ filter

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A 2.5 gallon is kinda small to add another fish due to the bioload. If you absolutley want another tank mate, go for some ghost shrimp maybe 2 or 3, they do not have much bio load. Or one snail, but they have a large bioload, which means more water changes.

But if you were able to upgrade to a 10 gallon you could get other fish.


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But i have a filter running 24/7

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It is just such a small capacity to contain more than one fish. It is usually a gallon to an inch of fish and bettas can get to be 2.5 to 3 inches long. So a 2.5 is the right size for a male betta.


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most smaller fish need groups and lots of swimming space, even if you were doing daily 100% water changes to deal with the bio load, you'd still have some miserable fish if you tried to cram them in there
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what about a cory they wont even notice each other

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