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Old 02-19-2009, 11:37 AM   #1 
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friendly betta?

So some people have their bettas in with other forms of fish *i don't plan on doing this till i get a much bigger tank* but how do you know if the betta is a "friendly" fish? do you just put it in the tank and watch really carefully? or is a there a suggested way to introduce another fish to your betta without totally freaking either fish out?
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:35 PM   #2 
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In general, bettas will behave fine around fish that don't have big, bright fins and tails. Basically, if your current fish look nothing like another male betta, your betta won't have a problem with them. So just introduce it as normal, and then keep a close eye on it for a week or so to make sure there's no agressive behavior.

EDIT: Although, true, different fish have different reactions.

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Old 02-19-2009, 05:38 PM   #3 
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Bettas have different personalities. Some are laid back and tolerate tankmates very well and others are aggressive and will attack just about anything you put in with them.
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:16 PM   #4 
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I agree. Introduce as normal, keep a special eye on them tho. You aren't planning on putting any tankmates with urs in that 2 gallon, are you?
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:29 PM   #5 
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No, thats why i added the "*i don't plan on doing this till i get a much bigger tank*"
I was just wondering...
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:02 PM   #6 
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Another thing to think about: I think it's best to add the most aggressive fish to the tank last. This way the other inhabitants in the tank are already comfortable and that last addition will be less likely to be aggressive as it would have been had it been in the tank first. Just my thoughts. I did this with my betta when I added him into the tank he shares with the otos. I've never had a problem with this betta. He's very aggressive in his attitude towards his next door tank "neighbor" (another betta) but he leaves the otos alone.
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:19 PM   #7 
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Hmmm...so what if your betta is already living in the tank? Would that be a no go? I do have my cories in a nice size tank so if it wont work or doesnt work out they will be fine in there.
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:55 PM   #8 
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Cories and bettas seem to be a good match. Is your betta tank planted or not? Just taking the betta out temporarily while you rearrange everything to break up territories and then adding the cories first should work. If this is not possible, I'd just add the cories and keep a very close eye on them. Since they are bottom dwellers they should pretty much stay out of the betta's way.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:10 PM   #9 
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Ah cool. Yup he has lots of plants. Yeah i can take him out and move things around a bit. Lol bottom dwellers...thats funny cause my pandas seem to be all over the place....
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:34 PM   #10 
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I agree with Kim's advice. I'm sure your betta & cories will be fine togther.
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