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Old 03-08-2007, 08:09 PM   #1 
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Betta?

I heard you can put Neon tetras w/ Bettas.
What else can you out w/ Bettas (I have a male)
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Old 03-08-2007, 08:18 PM   #2 
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yesss that is very do-able. as long as you keep them with with peaceful fish that have around 76-78 temperature range they should be fine. Just make sure that the temperature doesnt get any higher than 80. otherwise their metabolic system goes crazy, which shortens their life span.
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Old 03-08-2007, 09:19 PM   #3 
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...you can have them with most easy-going tropical community fish...except those that look vaguely like another betta...

...fancy guppies for example...with long flowing fins...
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:03 PM   #4 
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i dont think u can have the males with gouramis either.
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Old 03-09-2007, 05:37 PM   #5 
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bettas seen to be unpredictable in temperament i've had several over the years the one i have at the moment is unfazed by any fish even the vivid red platys while a blue i once owned had a blind hatred of all the fish to the point i removed him to seperate houseing
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Old 03-10-2007, 01:41 PM   #6 
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i dont think u can have the males with gouramis either.
I have one in my community tank with several gouramis and I dont have any problems. There are also bolivian and blue rams, giant danios, and long finned black tetras and there are no problems with any of those.

Sometimes the gouramis get picky with one another but not with any other fish and sometimes my rams get picky with one another but again not with any other fish.
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Old 03-11-2007, 05:47 PM   #7 
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I wouldn't put any other top water fish in a tank with a betta, so no Gouramis, killies, hatchets, or top water livebearers. Also, I'd make sure the betta went in the tank last. I am cycling (using a pair of guppies) a betta tank right now (5.5 gallon, heavily planted). It's going to get a small shoal of small cories (5 or so C. pygmeaus, hasbrosus, or hastatus), and three ottos before I even consider putting a betta in. Course, given that it's been a month and the algae is just about nil, I may skip the ottos and go with some RCS (if I can lay hands on them - and they may turn out to be expensive feeder shrimp).

The idea is to make any tankmates for the betta part of the pre-existing environment and near the bottom, so that they betta will look at them as just another part of the substrate.

Now, whether or not that will work is an open question, but that seems to be the uniform advice on what to do if you're not sure if a fish will be aggressive or not.
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:57 PM   #8 
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What kind of bottom feaders can I get to pick up the extra food?
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:08 PM   #9 
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Cory cats will be your best bet...

...and bonus!!! They're so CUTE!!! :D
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