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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-22-2011, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Male with Sorority ? & other fish ?

I went to the LFS and they have a heavily planted tank that has a male and 3 females and several other fish. Is this a possibility ? If so, I'd love to do this.

I have a 16G and my ideal situation would be to put a male betta and 5 females and a school of black ruby tetras, and perhaps some bottom feeders (maybe featherfin catfish) Is this possible ???

Here's the tank, obvioiusly I will plant it more heavily. This is just a start.
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Goldie - M Orange Crown-veil Tail
Amethyst - M Purple Cambodian VT
Emerald - M Green and Red DT
Sapphire - M Blue and Peach VT
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-22-2011, 12:36 PM
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that sounds like it would be really crowded in there and i don't think it's a good idea to keep the male in with the females it sounds stressful for everybody involved (including you).
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Off topic, your betta looks like mine exactly, except the green on him is blue lol.

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Jessabell,

I named him Emerald because in the cup he was green. I put him in the tank above, and he turned BLUE. Then I took a picture (here) and he looks green again. If you saw him in the tank, you'd think he was just like yours... I like the blue better than the green. He only looks green in photos. He must be some weird blue-green color.

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Dont keep males and females together. Males will pick on the females and vise versa. My stepdad tried it in his 40g and the female got a good chunk out her fins.

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Nearly everyone if not everyone period on here will tell you not to keep a male with females. With that said, I'm going to be the oddball out.

A single male with females can work in a large enough space with enough plants and hiding places. With that said, what seems to be a good, working thing at first can take a sharp turn at any point and you could end up with a dead fish or two, or three... or more. If you're one to take risks and chances or have the will to watch them like a hawk and have the ability to provide them the proper care... go for it!


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OK - I guess a male with females isn't a great idea. What tankmates could I put with the male pictured ? I guess the ruby tetras would not be a good idea because they'd nip his fins ? Can I put featherfin catfish in there ?

I'd like to have additional colorful fish that are larger.

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Common tank mates for males would be platies, dwarf frogs, cory cats, or neon tetras.
I don't know what kind of large fish you could put in a 16g that are colorful and ok with males....

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