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Old 03-03-2010, 10:55 PM   #11 
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Its probably for the best. I find that the really aggressive guys are happier by themselves.
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:29 PM   #12 
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Bettas in general always do better by themselves. I've never heard of a betta being "even happier" being with others.
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:50 AM   #13 
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They are solitary fish and IMO do best on their own.
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:52 AM   #14 
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Yup, yup. It's no wonder not all the time things don't work out between them and others, though.
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:56 AM   #15 
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I think when people put them with other fish, they think the tank looks too bare with just one fish so they want to get others to make the tank look nicer.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:08 AM   #16 
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Which is why it should be made up with a large abundance of plants. Looks beautiful when done correctly, and much better for the betta as well. I find it more convenient since I can decorate to my liking (although many argue it should be done as natural as possible)
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:45 PM   #17 
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That is why I never condone putting bettas with fish other than small bottom feeders.. and even those I would only put in a heavily planted 10+ gallon tank with a betta who is on the mellow side.

Personally I don't think of snails and shrimp and bad tank mates because they are small and slow moving. Invertebrates like these help make a nice little ecosystem with a betta.
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Old 03-04-2010, 06:39 PM   #18 
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Which is why I'm very interested in them, lol. Shrimps and snails are usually the most recommended since they tend to be on the peaceful side. Well, shrimps are a maybe. It's a gamble to me, I wouldn't want to do it, lol.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:49 PM   #19 
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i have a 46 with platys, mollie, guppies and bettas (there females) and they live happily ever after
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:10 PM   #20 
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And there's an example of a successful community.

I think females and males have different tempers? Never had a female, so not so sure.
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