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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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2 Males together?

This is more of a hypothetical question, but..HYPOTHETICALLY! How big of a tank would you need to safely house 2 male bettas together? I'm really curious because obviously they live in the wild together, with their own territories and get chased out... fish get killed in tanks because there is not enough room to swim away when they encounter each other, so. How big of a space do you think 2 bettas would need to coexist? This is assuming the tank would be heavily planted and have hiding spots throughout the whole space.
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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 01:31 AM
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A heavily planted and cleverly designed 50g that allows the fish to establish they're own territory's. They'll still probably have the occasional battle but they should be able to retreat.

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I have a 72g tank in the house that I might one day be able to stock myself so I was wondering how possible this would be :) Id be stocking with other fish, and probably a bunch of girls but I thought maybe 2 males might work too.
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that sounds interesting....let us know how it works out! :D i'd have 2 back up tanks just incase :/

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I would do 2 males OR a sorority. I'm not going to promote having 2 males together, but If it's VERY well planted, like more than a sorority, and you have them seperate in different community tanks to see their personality with other fish, and theyre both really calm, I guess just maybe, but having males and females is just asking for trouble.

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Yes, I didn't mean I would do both genders. I intended to do a sorority, but then it occured to me that maybe just 2 males could potentially work. I'm wondering if anybody has tried this...or has a large enough tank to try... I can't find anything on google on people trying this, except this thread: http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthre...ing-Peacefully and it seems that most people are still saying its a badidea in a 55g. I wonder how big their territories can be in the wild. I've only got one boy and a family member is thinking about another... they are in individual tanks but eventually, if I get the big one set up, I might give it a shot and if it does not..back to their respective places, no harm done.
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and yours is bigger...id give it a try!

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Personally, I wouldn't risk it. Most male bettas will actively hunt down competitors no matter the tank size, and even if there is no fighting, it will be very stressful for whatever male is the weakest.

Using the whole 'betta-in-the-wild' scenario is pretty pointless. Wild bettas are nowhere near as aggressive as domesticated splendens, who have been selectively bred for aggression. I have wild bettas and it is rare that any of mine have fought as viciously as two splendens.

The only way I could ever see it was working was if the males were siblings that had never been separated. But I would still want a minimum 3-4ft heavily planted tank to ensure fights and chases were a not so attractive option.


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Personally it's not something I'd ever be comfortable with doing. I know Oldfishlady has some males together, but hers were selectively bred over many generations and she has LOTS of experience. If I were you I'd get some tips from her or another person who has done this successfully before attempting it.
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I'm frustrated I continually see people recommending it. There is really no reason to do it other than to see if they won't kill each other. Put a divider in that big tank, bam. Two males, no risk. Stop telling people to plant it heavily and put two males in there! Fish release hormones into the tank, and as others have mentioned, two males will hunt each other down. There is no reason to do it, so just don't.

When males work out in tanks together they have been together since they were born or very young and grew up together. Even usually then it doesn't work out.


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