Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
I've sucessfully had a male betta with a silver dollars, but I'd never try that again lol
Each set up depends on a few things... having the right fish for the right place in your tank (top, mid, bottom dwellers), having personalities that match, aggression, tank size.... if you have the time and supplies you can easily find tank mates for male Bettas. I would never suggest Tetras usually, but there are a few slower more shy Tetras out there that would work great. Glowlights are mid dwellers that are pretty shy. I like Rasboras with Bettas too. But you have to know the personality of the types of fish you wish to put in with Bettas.
And pet stores, oh my. I was told I could never work at mine because I am over qualified. I know too much about each fish, therefore I would overwhelm new customers with proper information and I would also make sure they have solid tanks and never come back for more fish. Pet store are run by companies that want you to buy product and fish. They want you buying 12 different types of medicine, and they want you to replace your fish. They want you to try everything until you find what works. My store hates that I know what I'm doing when I walk in, and I always turn down their suggestions because I know better. I mean my store told me that Bettas like cold water and Goldfish are best tank mates in a 2.65g tank. Like, whoah!