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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question Which Tankmate to Try First?

So I was thinking of trying to introduce another tankmate in with Maxwell (not another Betta of course!). He seems pretty mellow for a male Betta.
He is not afraid of anything, when I move something in the tank he goes to check it out but never bites at it. At night when he can see his reflection he rarely flares. He is just a really sweet Betta and I think he might accept some kind of tankmate.
My question was, what tankmate should I try first to see how he reacts?
Obviously I want both Maxwell and the other to be safe and unharmed.
I know some people try out ghost shrimp because they are cheap. However I do not want to risk their death just because they are cheap.
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How about cories? Depends on your tank size, of course, but even in tiny tanks cories and bettas get along, because cories are the sweetest fish in the universe. If you have a 10 gallon, I would say get 4 cories for your betta :) they need fine gravel or sand, though.
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I forgot to mention the tank. lol
It is a 14 gallon, it has smooth gravel.
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Which fish are interested in. . ?

If you're LPS carries them I would recommend Pygmy Cories, these buggers are tiny and when I say tiny I mean it, you'll have a hard time finding them. They like to be in a shoal so I would say six of them, they get no bigger than 1.5 inches.

Shrimps are usually used as a snack, so I wouldn't recommended them. You could do a snail or two?

Maybe a shoal of some sort of short-tail fish, like tetras?

It's really all up to you. :]
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No Tetras, please. They might be okay, but I believe they need at least 15 gallons and a school fo 6 to shoal properly.

I reccomend Ghost Shrimp. I love thm! And in that great big tank, I doubt he would care, and even if he did they could hide.

I do not reccomend Cories. They need at least 20 gallons for a shoal of 4. Pygmys, though, are okay. You can get 6.

What about a snail? Funny little critters they are!

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I am not really sure what I wanted for the tank as I do not know much about non Bettas. :)
I think I would like sometype of bottom feeder more than other level fish.
I have a Petco near me and I do not think they sell pygmy cories. :/

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I have had snails in the past and the were very very dirty. I would like to avoid them. lol

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You could try rasboras, I almost wanted to say guppies but they prefer to with themselves, maybe a few platty?

Yeah snails poop a lot.
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If it is a Petco you will probably not have a lot of choices, I know that my Petco has these compatible fish for bettas.
-platies might work I have never tried this before but I have heard of many people having platies with there Betta
-non fancy female guppies will also work fine with a Betta just make sure she has not a lot of color
-cories I'm not sure about them being in a 14 gallon but I think 4 albino cories will be okay
-neon tetras 6 or 7 maybe eight would be fine with your Betta
- shrimp those little feeder shrimp have lived in peace with my Betta and seem like they are compatible with him

16 gallon - 11 neon tetras, 6 Pygmy cories, 6 kuhli loaches and 1 male Betta
15 gallon - 1 male Betta, 3 platies, and 5 guppies
6 gallon - 1 male Betta

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In My Opinion a Betta deserves nothing smaller than a 5 gallon tank
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Yeah, Rasaboras could work.

Lol when you said that I thought of minnows... I was like 'NO! THEY ARE COLDWATER!'

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