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Old 07-25-2009, 11:56 PM   #1 
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Female Betta Care - Any Tips or Advice?

Im going to be restocking my 29 gallon soon and I was going to stick with -
13 cardinal tetra's
10 glo light tetra's (or another similar size tetra)
3 cory (not sure on the species)

I've only had males Betta's before and I was thinking of possibly getting a female to add to my 29 gallon as I've never kept a female betta before. I don't want to get another male as I find the mix of tetra's and betta's dont always work and I don't want to risk it. Is a female less aggresive or is it worth just sticking with the tetra's and forget the betta (male or female) all together?
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:25 AM   #2 
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most females are just less aggressive. some will be a problem and others won't, some with males. it just depends on the personality of the betta. i do recomend trying it, but maybe get a 2-3 gallon in case it doesn't work.
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:46 AM   #3 
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Thank you =D
I don't find its a big problem with the tetra's and betta but in my smaller tank my cardinals are picked on a bit (hence them moving into the 29 gallon). Maybe the larger tank might be better.
Do females require any other special care that is different to males? (Im guessing not though?)
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:01 AM   #4 
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No, not that I know of. I believe your attempts with the female will go alot better than with a male.
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:33 AM   #5 
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^ Thank you C=, Ill see what female's they have got at my LPS when I go there and then make my desicion ^_^
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Old 07-26-2009, 10:19 AM   #6 
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Yes i think it will work out ALOT better than with a male. I think you should do it and like said before, just have a smaller back up tank just in case. But I think it should be okay. Especially since some females are small like tetras and would fit in with them.
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Old 07-26-2009, 10:41 AM   #7 
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^ Thank you for the advice =D I'm still not sure though as I'm looking to get some cherry shrimp and I've heard betta's do go for them and I 'm not sure I want to risk it. Ill think about it some more though C=
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:10 AM   #8 
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It also depends on the bettas personality. I think if you introduce everyone at the same time, you should be okay. They chase after ghost shrimp too. But I've heard stories of ghost and cherry shrimp working out fine.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:21 AM   #9 
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Thank you again. Yes I've had a betta that had a wonderful personality and happily got along with the others that I introduced at different times and I've had others that aren't to friendly with the other tank mates. I'm wavering between getting one and not getting one. Ill take a look at the females they have at my LPS when I go and then I will see ^_^
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:01 PM   #10 
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I think that it would be a better idea to get the female. Remember though, females can be just as aggressive as a male. It all depends on the personality of the betta.
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