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Old 03-26-2010, 02:12 AM   #1 
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Question 135 Gallon Betta Habitat?

I just spent a lotta money on this 135 gallon, and am thinkin about a betta habitat because bettas are pretty inexpensive. Would it be possible? I'm talking about having males and females and no separation from each other except maybe places to hide. I know they are terrirorial but they can survive together in the wild somehow someway right? So how bout it, and how would I go about it?
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:52 AM   #2 
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I'm just guessing, but wouldn't this lead to both breeding and territorial issues? Assuming you tanked male and females together.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:37 AM   #3 
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Hmmm you MAY be able to get away with one male and females. You could add A LOT of females.lol In a big tank like that, chances are there wouldn't be a fight, but again I stress only ONE male. You could try two, but I think that would end up in disaster. Also, having so many more females to one male, the females could easily gang up on the male and tear him to shreds which has happened before to a couple people on here. Females can be even more aggressive than males. IMO I would make it a female sorority and add a couple more fresh water fish that are compatible with them. Also, if you add a male make sure to HEAVILY plant the tank. Good luck!
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:10 AM   #4 
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I strongly advise against doing this. Only really experienced breeders should keep male/female and male/male/female tanks... the fish all have to be raised together and even then you can still have problems.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:20 PM   #5 
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I too, advice against the male/female thing!!

You could have up to 67 females in there. LOL :D GAH! I'm jeeeealous!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:46 PM   #6 
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I have to agree. Multiple males is asking for it, a huge sorority may work though. And then on the bottom you could have cories. In fact you could have a LOT of different fish in with the female bettas.


Also have you considered wild breeds of bettas? Those would be cool.


But also don't forget that while bettas are cheap it would still be just as expensive to fill the tank with 100 bettas as it would be to put a few oscars in there.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:48 PM   #7 
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ALSO.... try googling paludarium and see if its something you're interested in.... I think a 135g would make an AWESOME SE asian blackwater stream.
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:21 PM   #8 
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You could keep multiple males in a tank that size, some may be killed but eventally they would work it out for themselves. If one gets too chewed up, pull him out for "rehabilitaion". A lot of it will depend on the individual personalities of the fish.

Myself, I would consider it waste use a 130 on just bettas, plus they wouldn't appreciate the depth of the tank anyway.

If expense is a big factor, there are plenty of fish cheaper than bettas. A bunch of danios or livebearers would look lively, and their breeding would help populate the tank. Also, if you plan to grow some larger fish, ones like tinfoil barbs, bala sharks or silver dollars are pretty cheap when you can find them very small. JMO
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:15 PM   #9 
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Umm I'm not even going to say anything about what you said herbwin.lol It's not worth fighting over.

If you love bettas (females), than get them. If you're just getting them because they're "cheap", than you should just get other fish. IMO betta fish are amazing and I personally wouldn't want any other fish.

Bettas are called "fighting fish" for a reason. In the wild they won't kill each other; one will bully the other until the loser backs off. But when they're in a tank where they can't swim away, they will eventually kill each other. You can also get some females that bully the other females and other fish. It depends on their temperment.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:20 PM   #10 
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LOL! I didn't mean to sound like I was knocking bettas, the're great. There are just so many other great options for a tank than size :)
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