I just added two new fish to my tank and thought I'd get some takes on some interesting behavior.
I've had bettas before, but this is the first time I've included them in a community tank setting and kept a male and female within the same tank. Now, I know some of you are looking at the fish that are making up my "community" and that some of the fish probably shouldn't be put together, but I done extensive research and talked to a lot of people and thought I would try this on an experimental basis.
I added a male crowntail betta and a female veiltail betta yesterday and so far none of the other fish have minded much. The angels gave the male a couple experimental taps (as if to see if he was a fish or not), but have since cared less. One of my female platies will occasional chase the male around, but not frequently.
What I wanted to get your take on was this: the female betta will swim to the male, seemingly non-aggressively, and he will flare and chase her off, but as close as he gets to her he does not make contact. And as soon as he stops chasing her she will begin swimming toward him again, but not as though she's trying to chase him. She makes no attempt to bite or nibble she just keeps wanting to swim with or near him.
Just wanted to know if this was normal behavior or if it might calm down once they get use to the tank a little bit more. Also, the male betta seems to be a little bit cranky with the other fish, in your opinion do you think he will calm down?
Keep in mind I am observing very closely just in case things get violent or too aggressive. As of right now, NONE of the fish are showing any signs of distress.
Thanks for any feedback!!
35g tall freshwater planted aquarium - 4 platies, 2 veiled angels (juvenile) , 1 pictus catfish (juvenile), 1 male crowntail betta, 1 female veiltail betta