As I have said several time I am new to Bettas. I have always kept Cichlids in the past. I bought a male crown tail the other day and so far he seems to be doing really well in a 5.5 gallong tank. There is 1 snail and 4 ghost shrimp with him at the moment.
Please dont flame me for asking this, but I have read very conflicting information.
Can I keep a male and female in the same tank? I have seen several people say yes if it is done properly and have even seen videos of them in tanks together and I have seen several people say no it never works as well. Then there seems to be a middle of the road opinion that says it depends entirely on your specific Betta.
I have been watching Stormaggedon and he seems very docile. He doesnt pay any attention to the shrimp or snail at all ( I know they look nothing like a Betta). I heard you can get a good gauge on temperment by holding a mirror up to them. So I dangled a clean mirror in the tank and he stared at himself for a long time and didnt even flare up once. I keep my nails very brightly colored and he hasnt shown any interest in those either. Like I said he seems ver docile to me. Someone here also said that they beleive he is prolly fairly young.
Okay so that is all the info I have at the moment. Are there other ways to see how he would tolerate another Betta? Like maybe a fancy guppy? Are there ways to get it to succesfully work? For instance getting a similiar sized female or something? Or maybe taking them both out of the tank and putting them in at the same time so there is no alreayd established territory like you do with Cichlids? I do know that people say I will need lots of plants. Maybe having a back up tank in case it doesnt work?
Again please dont flame or hate me. I have seen very conflincting information and that is why I am asking BEFORE I do it.