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Old 07-02-2009, 07:16 PM   #1 
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A betta in a 38 gallon looking for friends

Hello everyone!

I was wondering if you can help me look for friends for one of my bettas. I have a new 38 gallon aquarium and I'd like to put ONE betta in and of course other types fishes that it can be compatible with.

Please suggest the perfect combination of fishes that could live happily and comfortably in a 38 gallon tank. Please state how many and the type of the fish.

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Thank you in advance for your help and suggestions!
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:38 PM   #2 
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imagin the batta liveing along in that tank it would be paradise lol well otos would and can live well and
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:42 PM   #3 
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Betta are all different, some are great with tank mates others not.

Possible suitable tank mates for a 38 gallon would be:

Corydorus catfish
bristle nose pleco (maybe, some betta do no like the big pleco dorsal fin, others don;t care)
dwarf shrimp (he may or may not eat these)
Zebra or khuli loaches (no salt in the water then)
Snails (no salt in the water)
Neon tetras if you keep enough that they will shoal and not nip betta fins. (10 or more)
Cardinal tetra's (enough to shoal)
Otto's

Be sure to have plenty of hiding places, plants, caves, etc. For both the betta and the other fish.
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:58 PM   #4 
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bettas might think your giving them snacks when putting neon fish in there lol like mine did when i put 4
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:16 PM   #5 
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That's because you have such a small tank that you put those tetras in lol. I think you would have been fine if there were a bigger tank in the situation...
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:18 PM   #6 
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yeah i know but they were on sale for 20 cents each
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:13 PM   #7 
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I would add a group of 6 neon tetras, along with a small group of cory cats (3), You can also add other types of tetras! They all go great with bettas!!! :D I wouldnt add any type of shrimp as the tend to grab on to your bettas fins, but snails would also go great!!
I would just stick with different types of tetras as I have great succses with them!!!
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:33 PM   #8 
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Corydorus catfish
bristle nose pleco (maybe, some betta do no like the big pleco dorsal fin, others don;t care)
dwarf shrimp (he may or may not eat these)
Zebra or khuli loaches (no salt in the water then)
Snails (no salt in the water)
Neon tetras if you keep enough that they will shoal and not nip betta fins. (10 or more)
Cardinal tetra's (enough to shoal)
Otto's

ive also had my betta with platies, and mollies.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:32 AM   #9 
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ive also had my betta with platies, and mollies.
I knew I forgot something. Live bearers! The fry make tasty, safe, live food Betta snacks if you do not separate them when they breed. And they WILL breed, unless you just get males, but they are best kept 2 females to 1 male.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:34 AM   #10 
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Glofish also do well with bettas, and their some cool looking little fish.
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