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Old 07-25-2009, 03:42 PM   #1 
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Question Would it work?

I have my female CT in with 3 Otos and they have lived happily together. She will check them out and even follow them for about half a second then go about her business. I was wondering if I wanted to add any other fish do you think she'd be okay with it?
I think her biggest issue, if she even has one at all, is competition with food.

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Old 07-25-2009, 03:54 PM   #2 
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Well I would have a backup home for them, just in case. But it sounds like she would be okay with them. Depends on how you think she would react. There may be competition with food, you might have to separate your female.
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:49 PM   #3 
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Yep, that's what's keeping me hesitant about it. I guess I should just keep them as they are. It works and I don't want to move her from her tank. Thanks for the advice!
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:15 AM   #4 
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Maybe you could ask one of your friends if they would be willing to take them if it didn't work out? I say, Go for it!!
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I used to have five tetras, and an algea eater in a 30 gallon, and then I got Nibbler and put him in the tank. The tetras started nipping at Nibbler, so I had to give them away to my friend who also has a tank. My betta does well with algea eaters, but not other fish, so I dont know about yours.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:34 PM   #6 
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I used to have five tetras, and an algea eater in a 30 gallon, and then I got Nibbler and put him in the tank. The tetras started nipping at Nibbler, so I had to give them away to my friend who also has a tank. My betta does well with algea eaters, but not other fish, so I dont know about yours.
Algea eaters are some of my favorite fish of all time. I have a single male betta (I got him yesterday) and I can't wait until I can upgrade him from 2 gallons to 5 and bring in an algea eater of my own! For now, though, I'm focusing on optimizing his tank. If I can keep a single fish happy and healthy, then I'll know I can start introducing other fish into my life.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:23 PM   #7 
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Penninink - please research the algae eaters more before you get one - my understanding is that they require LOTS of algae and hence a larger tank than a 5 gallon would provide.

Definitely don't get any before you have algae problems, whether you like them or not. It'd be a shame to have a starving fish in your tank just because of wanting one rather than needing one...
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:59 PM   #8 
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You could get cories or otos. They make good tankmates for bettas.
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Old 08-05-2009, 06:50 PM   #9 
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I have supplemented my Otos with Zucchini or Algae wafers.
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Penninink - please research the algae eaters more before you get one - my understanding is that they require LOTS of algae and hence a larger tank than a 5 gallon would provide.

Definitely don't get any before you have algae problems, whether you like them or not. It'd be a shame to have a starving fish in your tank just because of wanting one rather than needing one...
Thanks for the tip. I'm sure my mom would step in and hit me with the common sense stick before I did something stupid. I'm a little new to the whole aquarium thing.
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