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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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neon tetras with male betta

So I have a 3.5gal tank with one male betta and I wanted to put some neon tetras
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Can this be done with neither of the fish killing or stressing each other?I know tetras are a school fish so how many do I need for them not to feel stresses? And is the tank big enough? It has a filter and all the necessities. Any advice is welcomed. Thanks
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Neon tetras need to be in schools and I believe they need a minimum of 10 gallons, as they are very active fish. In addition, they can be fin nippers. So I would not suggest adding them to your 3.5 gal. In a 3.5 gal you could really only add some ghost shrimp or maybe a snail (although those are quite messy), and even then I would expect some to become betta-snacks.

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You can't add other fish to betta tanks in any thing smaller than a 10 gallon.
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Hmm okay. I was just wondering since his bowl seems a bit empty. But I see what you guys are saying. If I were to get a 10 gal or bigger and then put enough plants and stuff for hiding could it be possible to put the tetras in then?
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Yes. In a ten gallon you could have six tetras. However, I wouldn't go with neons in less than a 15. I know other people will happily put neons in a ten, but its my personal preference, due to their activity levels and sensitivity, to do a 15 gallon minimum.

Ember tetras are perfect for a ten gallon. :D

If his bowl seems empty - plant time! :D

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Okay. Thanks for all your advice guys :D
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East Bay? You wouldn't happen to be close to me? lol

I think it's time to get you some more plants!


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Depends, are you really in Nova Scotia Canada? I'm in the bay area in California.
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I love neon tetras, but I have a 30 gallon tank, they tend to get nippy of there aren't enough of them. I have 10. I also have 4 female bettas, 7 blue tetras, and a small pleco.
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