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Old 04-12-2013, 07:59 PM   #1 
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Tetras?

I am stocking a 10 gallon very soon and I am just wondering has anyone tried Tetra in with their Betta? I have always loved Tetra.

I do have back up stocking plans, I was just wondering if this was Viable ... Finn is definitely my centerpiece fish.

I have looked at shrimp and they are a maybe, I am getting a couple more snails, I looked at bottomfeeders but pretty much all of them get too big.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:09 PM   #2 
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I have neon tetras in my 33 gallon but I've know 10 gallon set ups in which this does work. Most neons aren't fin nippers like some other tetras like silver tip or any of them that aren't torpedo shaped. I would say you could do 4-5 neons with him, and ghost shrimp is also do-able. But I would watch out because some Bettas find them to be a tasty treat! So if you try with a ghost shrimp at first and see how your betta reacts you can get some other shrimp that aren't as cheap if you wanted like cherry shrimp or amano shrimp. But if you like ghost shrimp that's fine too! You could make sure they have small places to hide so the betta can't get at them as well if you find he does want to eat them :)
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:15 PM   #3 
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Yeah I would want something not nippy. Its a pain because I dont have much available locally... I may try out this local mom and pop place.

I do like ghost shrimp ... Maybe try a trio ...

I would like something with a lighter bioload as well .. It seems glowlights may be an option. Though I do love neons.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:28 PM   #4 
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Yeah I would do a couple ghost shrimp
or three-five neon tetras.

I had three neon tetras with my betta in my 5gal and they got along well.
I transferred them to my 10gal though cause I wanted my betta to have all that space to himself :)
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Yeah my Betta currently shares his 5 gallon with a single snail and they get along great since they use different parts of the tank

What about glowlight tetras? I have always wanted them and they are not as likely to draw his attention
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Ooh I hear glowlight tetras are quite peaceful and don't nip as much. However, try to get female tetras since they are calmer and the male tetras tend to bother the female tetras.

IF your tetras start nipping your betta's beautiful tail or fins, GET THEM OUT OF THERE.

It's not really their fault, they think the tail is food, but for the betta's sake, put the tetras in a separate tank.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:47 PM   #7 
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Sounds like it may be safer for me to keep Finn as the only fish ... the only things that would be completely safe are bottom dwellers and the tank is too small for any I have access to
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A 10 gallon should be fine :p I have a 10gal sorority with around 5-6 tetras and they get along fine.

Maybe perhaps a cory catfish? My betta leaves that alone and they do a good job of cleaning up the tank :)
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Most corydoras should be in a school of 5 and there is not enough floorspace in a 10 ... I considered dwarf cories but I cant find any here.

Also sororities are females Finn has full fins
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I guessed Finn was male lol,
Corydoras can be kept in groups of three.
and tetras really aren't so bad with a betta.

But then again, Finn would love that 10g aquarium all to himself :)

Also maybe this thread will help :D
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=47610

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