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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 02:54 PM
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He's probably more bored than lonely.

I took a cory cat away from my betta, they were best buddies. But the betta went to a 6 gallon bookshelf and he seems quite happy to be able to swim laps and the cory got 2 more friends in a 20 and I can't tell if he's any happier or not. He sure got a lot bigger!

Try playing with your betta with a laser pointer or give him some floating toys to play with.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-28-2012, 04:52 PM
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Totally depends on the fish. I have enough bettas right now to show you one that wouldn't harm a hair on a fly's head; and one that will savagely attack any living thing that has the misfortune of landing in the tank. And that's of each sex, too.

I also have one girl that I removed from my sorority and she actually became depressed because she didn't like being alone. Her previously vibrant purple ventrals and caudal tips turned white when she was alone. After a week of her moping, I slipped her back into the sorority tank. She perked right up. Another girl became depressed when I put her in the sorority tank and had to be removed because she was mopey about having to share a tank with other fish XD

It's always important to advise people that any tankmate could be killed by a betta. Even one that seems docile for a long time may one day turn on tankmates. But I do believe that there is a wide range of personalities so each fish should be considered on that basis.
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