Originally Posted by lillyandquigly
actually no, you're wrong, they've lived together for years, they're all very docile bettas and they have lots of room
Hmm. I find this comment a bid rude a disrespectful. Everybody is obligated to there personal opinion and is free to exploit it as they wish on this forum. The oly rule is not to say. "I'm right" "you're wrong" or be rude in any other way. O dont agree with how you choose to keep your fish. Males and females shouldn't be housed together in the same tank unless it's 100+ gallons, and very heavily planted. For many reasons. The constant stress of having a female or another male permanatly in the same tank lowers the bettas immune system which leaves it more susceptible to diseases.
A male can be stressed from constantly flaring and showing of to the females. A momentarily or temperary amount of flaring daily can be a healthy exercise for a Betta. But the long term amount of flaring daily can result in ripped fins, and an overly stressed bettas
Females have the potential to get egg bound. In rare occasions from being housed in the same tank of in view of eachother a female Betta can become egg bound. This is when the eggs are trapped inside of her and she can't realease them. This is a fatal occurence
Fighting is likely, with the constant sight of eachother and how this doesn't happen in nature. There instinct is to fight. The dominant female will pick on the lower ranking female, eventually causing death or serious illness. The male will also pick on the females and nip at them. Causing stress. And potentially leaving a low immune system which makes them more susceptible to disease