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Old 07-12-2013, 09:54 AM   #1 
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Question Other Fish With Male Betta

Hi! I'm asking this question for my friend, she has a male betta in a 3 gallon tank and was trying to figure out if she should get him any companions or not. So I thought I'd ask on here for her what types of fish are compatible with a male betta and how many could possibly go in the tank? Thank you for your help!
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:35 AM   #2 
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In a 3g, her only choice is a snail, possibly a shrimp. In a tank that size, I'd recommend lots of hidey holes or the betta might be tempted to harrass the newcomer. 10g is the minimum size before other fish can be added.
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Went with my friend and the store owner just recommended one fish using the inch/gallon rule. So she went back home with a Gourami (may have been a dwarf one, I really don't remember, I was just blown away by the good conditions of the bettas in the cups and the ones in community tanks with other species of fish like tetras, gouramis, etc.)
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The 1 gallon per inch is a really bad rule.. It really only works on 50G+. The betta and gourami are part of the same family, they'll fight soon enough. I think you should just return it and then get 2-3 shrimp or a nerite snail.
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I'll inform my friend about what you've all said.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:11 PM   #6 
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Went with my friend and the store owner just recommended one fish using the inch/gallon rule. So she went back home with a Gourami (may have been a dwarf one, I really don't remember, I was just blown away by the good conditions of the bettas in the cups and the ones in community tanks with other species of fish like tetras, gouramis, etc.)
I shouldn't be surprised by this, but that is crazy that the store owner would suggest a dwarf gourami because:
1. it will fight with the betta.
2. they get much larger than one inch.
3. minimum tank size for a dwarf gourami is 10 gallons,
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