I'm quite new to the hobby, got my first betta fish (a pink Veil Tail named Siegfried) on boxing day of 2009. He's still alive and well! I got a second betta fish this March (blue Crown Tail named Monty).
I decided to save up some money for an aquarium for Monty and ended up purchasing a 26 gallon tank. It is filtered, heated and planted. It also has 3 decorations for hiding spots as well as a floating "betta log". I cycled the tank and was so amazed at the difference in his behaviour once he was finally introduced to his new home! He explored every nook and cranny and zoomed around. So satisfying to see!
I decided to take this hobby more seriously in the past few weeks. Leading up to buying my aquarium I did as much research as I possibly could and so far am happy with the results. Most of the clearest answers to my questions were found on this site and I appreciated the info a ton!!!
Monty has been in his cycled aquarium for about a week so I decided to purchase some tankmates for him. I took him out, did a 20% water change, rearranged the decorations and slowly introduced 6 Neon Tetras and 2 Otocinclus Catfish. Then I put Monty back in afterwards (having heard that bettas can be territorial if other fish are introduced after the betta has established the tank as "theirs"). So far, things are a little tense
He's been following
the tetras around but has been outright chasing the otos whenever he comes across one of them! Luckily the otos are much faster than my betta and don't seem too stressed, they just swim away and land on another leaf then continue their grazing. Going to be keeping a close eye on the dynamics for the next while, that's for sure!!!
Apologies about the length of this post...
I'd like to get some more neon tetras since they're quite beautiful and 6 seems like a small number for a 26 gallon tank that only houses 3 other occupants. Not too sure what the stock maximum would be but will of course be monitoring things and not adding too many fish too soon (I HOPE!).
If anyone has any comments or suggestions about anything written in this post feel free to comment. As I said I'm very new to the hobby and despite endless hours of internet research, still very ignorant