My little flame, Gyarados, is a really hyper and active fish. However, I was informed that if I wanted to have a community with him, I would have had to make it so that there were already other living things in there like fish, shrimp, frogs, etc.
I first tested out snails. He lives in a Five Gallon with two Nerite Snails, Tiger and Zebra. He barely notices them at all.
Then I tested out ghost shrimp and after two weeks, the three I had in there were dead and I thought it might have been from other causes.
So I got a single Amano Shrimp and put him in. Gyarados chased him and bit him, but didn't penetrate and the Shrimp was fine and after a while, my guy seemed to be bored with him. I named the shrimp Jeffrey. ... Jeffrey died later that day after getting his eyes bitten off. :(
I was having a very crummy day then and decided that Gyarados couldn't handle tank mates. I asked others, including my sister who works at aquariums of what I should do in the future before getting another betta. She suggested to build a community first and THEN put a betta in after.
Gyarados attacked anything in his tank because it was a full 3 weeks that he was in his five gallon before anything else was added in. He sees it as his territory.
But I'm wondering if anyone knows any way I could potentially change this? I don't want to get fish until I have a ten gallon for him, so my only options are either frogs but I'd really like to get a few shrimp in there instead. Is there any way I can subdue him from killing anything that moves in his tank?