Originally Posted by Puffy
Originally Posted by Blue
I'd rather stick to the male being a bachelor. Males often get violent and will attempt to kill the female if she is not ready to spawn.
oooo, well thats not good. Well is there any other kind of species that will go good with a betta in a 10 gallon tank? If there is, how many of these fish?
(Can anyone answer any of the other questions I have in the first post?)
I dont know if this has been answered already...so sorry if i repeat someone elses advice. However, this is my opinion on Betta fish compatibility. ONE male betta fish can go into a tropical community fish. The fish have to be small docile community fish (example: danios, neons, guppies, oto) as semi aggressive fish will likely pester the bettas fins and stress him and larger aggressive fish will consider the betta an exotic snack. The betta and community fish situation is often debated among fishkeepers as to whether it is a good idea or not. But, I will tell you that I recently read an article in a well known fish magazine that stated that studies have shown the IDEAL betta environment is actually a larger aquarium with air flow that was fairly calm. This best mimics the bettas natural environment. Studies showed that bettas kept in a bowl or small aquarium (1 gal) lived approx. two years and bettas in larger aquariums had stronger muscle mass and lived up to 7 years.
Also, I personally have kept bettas in a variety of tank setups and the worst was the bowl, that betta almost died. in a desperate attempt to save his life i tossed him into the community tank and his behavior turned from lethargic/non eating to an active colorful dashing little piglet. He had never bothered another fish and my fish dont care about him either.
its important though that if you are considering a tank mate for him that may nip fins...you consider another option.
hope this helps :)