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Old 05-16-2013, 07:40 PM   #1 
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Lonely betta

Once I am done cycling my 5 gallon tank I think I want to get either a nitrite snail or african dwarf frog for my fish. She looks lonely and it seems I am only the one that keeps her company.

Will having one betta and one snail or frog be to much for my 5 gallon tank? I also don't want shrimp because I don't have any algae growing to feed it
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:53 PM   #2 
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Shrimp don't just eat algae. They scavenge for food and you can feed them blanched vegetables or algae wafers.
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:12 PM   #3 
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I have a betta and 2 frogs. Some say the frogs need a minimum of 1 gallon of water per frog. They don't often get in each other's way and as long as they have plants or something to hid in when they want an escape they seem happy. I love snails but they are so messy! Plus some Bettas will snack on them!
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:48 PM   #4 
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Personally, I would go for the shrimp. You can give them algae wafers, or even drop in a few extra pellets and force them to sink to the bottom. I would just try to get some of the bigger shrimp, so they won't easily become snacks. My ghost shrimp are huge, and about the same size as my female betta. She hasn't touched them. Chases them sometimes, but she hasn't actually attacked them. My male betta, though, has nipped at a few of the ghosts. They're fine and don't seem to mind too much.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:25 PM   #5 
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No to the shrimp. Betta's love to eat them
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:38 PM   #6 
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Get a large enough shrimp (ghost or Amano would be my suggestion) and provide enough hiding spots and you will have no problem... Also, your betta will be fine without a tank mate, they aren't humans, they don't get lonely...
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:23 PM   #7 
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+1. Bettas do not get lonely. If he is bored, that can be cured by giving him new things to play with an explore - live plants are great because they grow, offering a constantly changing environment. A betta will appreciate this more than a shrimp (which it may eat) or a frog (which may nip his tail).
Also, our resident ADF expert, GizmoTheFreaky, does not recommend frogs as companions in less than 10 gallons.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:41 AM   #8 
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Okay thanks for the advice guys!
I'm currently buying java fern, java moss including a moss ball in there. Maybe a log to keep her exploring. I don't want to buy a little guy and have them at risk of being eaten lol
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:17 AM   #9 
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As for ADF's, they like company so you wold have to get at least 2 .. In a 5 gallon it would simply be too much. Not to mention the nipping and food competing. We all know that bettas like to have all the food to themselves!

That goes for algae wafers too, Ludendorff almost killed himself when he ate a whole wafer once.
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