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Old 06-07-2013, 06:27 PM   #1 
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Question about combining a male and female betta

I have a male betta that I have had for almost 2 years. He is currently in a 5 gallon tank. He used to share the tank with another betta (had a divider) for about over a year and a half. He now has the whole tank to himself. About a month I bought a "baby" betta from PetCo. I'm guessing the age is about 2 - 4 months old. I am 99.9% sure it is a female. She has a white spec on her belly which I am assuming is her egg spot. She also does not have very long fins. My question is can I put her with my male or would that be a bad idea? There are a lot of plants and there is a "cave" type decoration that I don't think the male can fit in to.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:06 PM   #2 
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That would be a very bad idea. Male bettas should only be put with other bettas when they are breeding. You can put your divider back in and have a fish on each side, though.
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:54 PM   #3 
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Yeah, your best bet would be to divide the tank. Otherwise the two will almost certainly attack each other just like two males would, resulting in injury or death. With a secure divider there's very little chance that they'll bother each other, especially if they have enough plants & hiding places so they're not in each others sight all the time.
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