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Old 10-08-2012, 11:05 PM   #1 
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Rosy Red Minnows?

Are they good tankmates for either female or male bettas? I have ten right now for a science fair project (nothing harmful, just testing memory) and I was wondering if I could house two of my female bettas with them. :)
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:24 PM   #2 
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they've fast and some can get nippy. they are also used to much cooler waters
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:00 AM   #3 
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they do much better in colder water, I have mine in the 50g water garden and will stay out there all year.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:17 AM   #4 
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I will also add to that, two females will kill each other. You need 4 or more to even out aggression - usually in a dense tank of fake and live plants, ornaments, etc. Guppies are the only things closest to why I can think of for what you can add - they however prefer 68-76 F (as they are not actually tropical)
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:54 AM   #5 
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I will have you know that i keep a rosey red with my betta, they leave each other well alone. they did fight once, but the minnow is a pushy girl and the betta is an easily angered male. but that's just a personality clash. you will be all right, go for it i say!
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:56 PM   #6 
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Ok, say you did go for it. Do you have a second tank in case the minnow or betta becomes stressed or hurt? Which are you willing to risk for temperature.. A tropical betta or cold water minnows? I would not test it personally :/
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:59 PM   #7 
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Whoops, forgot to check this post! XD
I've decided against adding minnows, since after I brought them home they seemed really hyper and would've probably been extremely annoying to any betta I were to put in the tank.
My two female bettas are very placid and aren't very aggressive. I can honestly say, I did put a couple of minnows in one of their tanks and my betta just ignored them.
As for the sorority rule; I am perfectly aware of having at least three female bettas. I have had sororities in the past and never had any problems with my girls. When I said, "two of my female bettas" I meant one with five of the minnows, since I was splitting the minnows into two groups. Sorry for the confusion.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:06 AM   #8 
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Ohhh haha okay :) yes minnows are SOOO active. My one betta was with danios, and he had to headbutt them out of the way to get food. Eventually they learned he was boss ;) active fish + slow fish is not the best mix but sometimes doable!!
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Lol! :) that's sounds cute though XD AlmOst like a mafia boss or something and his minions.
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Basically haha.
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