To help you guys out ;)
Can my betta have tankmates?
Absolutely! There are a few "rules" to follow though:
Will EVERY betta be able to have tankmates?
- Fish must be peaceful. No aggressive fish such as tiger barbs, angelfish, and chichlids
- Fish must not resemble another betta. So nothing with long flowing fins and bright colors (such as guppies or mollies).
- Fish must be tropical. Bettas are tropical fish and need temps of 78-80F.
- Your tank must be big enough to support multiple fish. A cycled tank of at least 10 gallons (undivided) is recommended too house a betta with other fish.
No. Unlike many other fish, bettas tend to have their own unique personalities. Some are very placid, others are timid, and some are just evil. Whether or not you can have tankmates depends on the betta.
Will my betta be lonely if he doesn't have tankmates?
Absolutely not. Bettas are not social fish. They may tolerate tankmates but they wont love you for it.
Can a betta have tankmates in smaller tanks?
Depends on how small it is. I wouldn't recommend any other fish in a tank smaller than 10 gallons, but if you have a 5 gal, or even a 2.5 gal, you may be able to squeeze in shrimp or a snail.
Can a betta live with goldfish?
What are the best proven tankmates for bettas?
- Goldfish are coldwater fish.
- Goldfish are messy. They produce ALOT of ammonia. When it comes to goldfish, a rule of thumb is 10 gallons per fish.
- Goldfish may get too big
Bottom dwellers such as corydoras catfish and otos do best. They stay out of the bettas way and are very peaceful. Bettas have also been known to get along quite well with snails.
There are many other types of tankmates available. Some people have been successful with these fish, others have not. Use at your own discretion.
- African Dwarf Frogs
- Shrimp (your betta may eat these)
- Neon Tetras - Schooling fish. Can be nippy
- Black neon tetras - Schooling fish, can be nippy
- Harlequin rasboras
- White Cloud Mountain minnows - Generally prefer cooler water, but success has been noted.
- Cherry Barbs
- Zebra Danios
- Wild type/feeder guppies
These fish are known to be aggressive and can kill your betta
- Chinese Algae Eaters
- Tiger Barbs
- Common Plecos (grow to large!)
- Gouramis - Close cousins to the betta. They are aggressive with each other
- Red Tailed Black sharks
CAN be kept with eachother but only under special conditions. Check out our various threads on sororities.
If anyone else has fish that they have successfully kept, or has fish to warn members to stay away from, please post here! I want us to have a comprehensive list all in one thread.