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Old 10-05-2010, 09:24 PM   #1 
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Question Best Fish to Keep with a Betta

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but anyway I just got a male Delta Fin Betta fish named Triton and I want another fish as well. What is the best fish to keep with a Betta
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:36 PM   #2 
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Bettas are most happy when left by themselves. There is no "best" fish to keep with a betta. If you have a 10 gallon tank or larger you may be able to get away with a school of corydoras cat fish but that's about it. Most other small aquarium fish will either pick on the betta or the betta will pick on them.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:38 PM   #3 
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So if want to get more fish in addition to my betta I would need a seprate tank
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:44 PM   #4 
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A tabk of at least 10 gallons is recommended if you want tankmates. According to the research I have done bettas make good community fish as long as the tankmates are peaceful (and dont nip at fins) and they dont resemble another betta (like male guppies or gourmai). I keep my betta in a 10 gal with 3 cories. Check my sig if you want to see pics.
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:48 PM   #5 
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can I have small tank mates in a 5 gallon tank
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:58 PM   #6 
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You could have a snail in a 5 gal....
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:26 PM   #7 
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In a five gallon, you can have snails or shrimps. However, if your tank isn't cycled, you might not want to get shrimps or snails. Shrimps are a pain in the butt to catch if you have to do 100% water changes, and snails are so messy uncyled tanks aren't a great idea.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:18 PM   #8 
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I had 1 cory cat, 2 white clouds, and 1 betta in a 5 gallon.Though ammonia would spike so it was too much work and all fish except the betta got moved to my dads 29 gallon (with more cories). So in a 10 gallon, 3 white clouds and a snail.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:42 AM   #9 
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I have my betta with three small x-ray pristella tetras in my 5 gal. They are perfectly happy and my levels are always fine. Poseidon even blows bubble nests regularly! I did have black phantom tetras for a bit, but there was too much fin nipping and a bit too big. With the pristellas I have no nipping at all. I understand everyone's worry about having a small community in a 5 gal, but it's worked just fine for me for 6 months now.
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:09 PM   #10 
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Crownie: even though your water params are perfect, think of your fish. If you were locked in a small classroom with 3 hyperactive toddlers, you'd probably snap at them to get away after a while, and maybe get stressed. Same thing with your betta. He probably doesn't have enough space to get away from the activity of the tetras, and they from him.
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