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Old 11-30-2010, 05:14 PM   #1 
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New Friend(s)?

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I got my betta a week ago and have everything set up. Would it be too soon to get my little buddy a friend? (p.s. he's a male.)
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:25 PM   #2 
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As long as you get them separate tanks and limit their exposure to each other if they flare I don't see why not! Although you should make sure your current betta is comfortable and know what you should and should not do before overloading yourself with more responsibilities than you can handle.
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:28 PM   #3 
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As long as you get them separate tanks and limit their exposure to each other if they flare I don't see why not! Although you should make sure your current betta is comfortable and know what you should and should not do before overloading yourself with more responsibilities than you can handle.

Separate tanks? OH, I meant different kinds of tropical fish.. in the same tank

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Old 11-30-2010, 05:44 PM   #4 
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It depends on the size of the tank and what else you had in mind. If it is a 5 gallon of smaller, no you shouldn't get any other fish. If it is 10 gallons or larger then you can get a few others but a lot of tropical species don't get along well with Bettas. Either the betta will get jealous of the other fish's fins and attack it or the other fish will try to eat the betta's fins.

It will also depend on your Betta's attitude, if he's agressive then he shouldn't have many friends but if he's passive he might get along okay.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:22 PM   #5 
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Personally, I've never had much luck housing bettas with other fish. It seems they always get bullied or are bullies. :(
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:16 AM   #6 
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I would start small with a snail, African Dwarf Frog or ghost shrimp and see how they interact with each other.
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