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Old 09-01-2008, 11:04 AM   #11 
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Clearly, tank size has a lot to do with this topic. But we can't blame Bettas. The same things can be said about Black Skirt Tetras, Serpae Tetras, Cherry Barbs, male Gourami species, and countless other fish.

This does not take away from the fact that they are good community fish. Even good community fish require proper planning.
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:16 PM   #12 
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I have my male betta in a 5.5 gallon tank (heated, filtered, plenty of hiding spots) with a ghost shrimp and an otocinclus catfish. They get along fine.

But, yeah, I've heard it largely depends on the betta's personality whether he'll tolerate other fish.
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:11 PM   #13 
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my fish red rover face turnd white when i did a water change do any buddy know what to do or should i go back to petco and ask ?
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:06 PM   #14 
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Originally Posted by SinCrisis
i was always told ebttas are horrible community fish, unless kept in a biiig tank. Avoid flashy fish, such as guppies, fish that are similar to the betta such as gouramis. Best bet is to go for bottom feeders such as otos and corys. Some tetras, the less flashy ones would be ok as long as they don't nip at his fins.
motion second...also if you dont mind me adding they do pick at fish with long finds....and fish smaller than they are try for a more darker color (as in black or brown) if you try bright colors it might attack it.... or you could try dull colors as well just be sure its a big enough tank like try a 10gallon (unless the other fish grows bigger than 4inches) which then id recommend a 20gallon
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:35 PM   #15 
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I'm so confused!!

So do male bettas go good with fish or no? :o :o
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:35 PM   #16 
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Bettas are solitary fish so they don't really NEED to have tankmates. He would be fine by himself if thats what you end up choosing to do.
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:17 PM   #17 
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ok...let's start from the top here:

What size tank are you intending to use?
What tankmates would YOU like in there?
Will this be a planted tank (or at least have a lot of fake plants)?
What kind of personality do you want said betta to have?
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:41 PM   #18 
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It really depends on the personality of the fish.

However, USUALLY male bettas will do well with other fish, but only if they are not flashy fish. I would recomment ghost shrimp. They are cheap, and if your betta kills them, it will more than likely eat them anyway. Ghost shrimp are kinda cool anyway!
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