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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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betta + goldfish?

in an approx. 5 gallon tank, can I keep a female betta with a goldfish?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 11:19 AM
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no, goldfish arent tropical fish while bettas are.

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first gold fish needs a WAY bigger tank, second what betaguy said they live in different environments, third female bettas need to live in a sorority (group of 4 +) hope this is helpful :D

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No. Firstly, the goldfish needs colder water. Second, the goldfish will most likely get picked on. Goldfish are also really messy. Not a good idea

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Also bettas can't be kept with other fish in anything less than a five gallon due to aggression issues, bioload, swimming space, etc. Goldfish really can't be kept in small tanks anyway because they grow quite large and produce lots of waste. Keeping a goldfish in a small tank will stunt their growth so that physically they don't appear to grow larger but their organs continue to grow. It's not a pleasant death.
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Ok thanks everyone just thought I'd ask! :)

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third female bettas need to live in a sorority (group of 4 +) hope this is helpful :D
Female bettas do not need to live in a sorority. In fact is is not really recommended except for experienced fish keepers since so many things can go wrong. A sorority that seems to be working could several months down the road fail due to aggression issues.
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Female bettas do not need to live in a sorority. In fact is is not really recommended except for experienced fish keepers since so many things can go wrong. A sorority that seems to be working could several months down the road fail due to aggression issues.
sorry i meant they need to live in a sorority if you want more than one female betta in the tank, sorry for the confusion

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Bettas and goldfish have totally different water temperature requirements. Bettas are tropical fish and goldfish are coldwater fish. Not a good mix.
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Goldfish need 20 gallons per fish. So one goldfish, 20 gallons, two goldfish, 40 gallons. They may look small in the petstore but when healthy GROW!!!

Goldfish will die in heated water. And bettas need heated water...so bettas and goldfish should NEVER be kept together.

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