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Old 09-06-2009, 12:56 PM   #1 
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Question should bettas be placed next to each other? is that healthy?

i have 5 males that sit side by side to each other. they are constantly flaring at each other. im wondering if thats ok, or is that actually stressful on them to feel like they always need to be defensive?
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:08 PM   #2 
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I personally think it's healthy, some don't agree.
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:29 PM   #3 
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I have males in divided tanks, they do fine!! I think they actually enjoy it. After a week, my very aggressive Crown Tail male wasn't even flaring much anymore!
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Old 09-06-2009, 04:41 PM   #4 
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I used to have two males by each other. At first they would flare a lot, but after some time they sort of got used to each other and settled down a bit.

I've heard people say it stresses your Bettas and kills them. I disagree. I think your Betta would have to be very weak from the beginning to have that happen.
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:54 PM   #5 
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I have males side by side. They get used to it and eventually stop flaring.
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:59 PM   #6 
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I have 3 tanks with 2 bettas in each with dividers and at first they flare, but after a while they get used to it. Some people think that it's not healthy, but mine are healthy as can be. I tried to move one of them into his own tank and I replaced him with another one and both of the fish missed each other terribly, so I switched them back and now they're happy.
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Old 09-06-2009, 06:56 PM   #7 
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I find it provides them with the enrichment that such an intelligent fish needs provided that they don't get stressed out by eachother's presence. Males and females side by side usually is a good combo for me as they tend to show off without being aggressive.
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:08 PM   #8 
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I think it will be fine, maybe if you are worried you could put a plant on that side of the tank to block their view a little.
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:20 PM   #9 
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I think it will be fine, maybe if you are worried you could put a plant on that side of the tank to block their view a little.
i do that and it does help
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:59 AM   #10 
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well, i already have a small plant in each ones tank. and yesterday i put a paper plate between one of their tanks to give them a "break" lol, from flaring so much. that didnt help, they still flare constantly even though they cant see any other fish. they swim around alot. maybe their just happy getting out of their "cup"?
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