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Old 01-11-2011, 09:08 AM   #1 
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Talking betta question.. please respond!

i have a tropical tank and was wondering if a male beta couldbe added to it. ive seen it done befoer but wasnt sure if they were compatible with assortments of trpical fish. please respond im getting fish for my tank today!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:39 AM   #2 
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It really depends on the temper of the Betta that determines if it could be added to a community tank.
I am really not that familiar with tropical fish, so hopefully someone more experienced will drop by and be able to help u more!
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:42 PM   #3 
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What specific other fish do you have in your tropical tank? There are a lot of tropical-type fish that will harrass the slower moving betta (and vice versa) and his fins can definitely be a target for nipping...
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:19 PM   #4 
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i have a corydora and 6 danios. also i have 6 platies. would these work?
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:51 PM   #5 
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What size is the tank? I hope it is at least 20g with your current stocking.

The biggest problem I see with this mix-is feeding the Betta-you have two species of fish that will out compete him for food....Platies can sometimes nip fins and if you have platy fry the Betta will enjoy them as a snack.....

Filtration can also be an issues-if it is too strong the Betta may have problems with that as well and you can see fin damage, hiding and/or appetite loss-the younger the Betta the more tolerant they tend to be with water flow/current.

Also, you need to add to your cory cat school...at least 4-6 and 8-10 is better all depending on the tank size.
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would too many cories make competition for food? ive seen a male betta with platies and it worked nicely. the betta couldnt eat al the fry could it?
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:53 PM   #7 
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and my tank is 40 gallons so it can handle the fish:)
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:07 AM   #8 
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Okay 40gal- I would add 8 more cory cats for sure...they feed off the bottom so no competition for the Betta...the danios are fast and can out compete other fish for food and no the Betta usually will not eat all the fry just enough to keep the population under control....I would have a back up plan for the Betta and give it a try and see if it will work...best way to find out....and post some pic......
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:34 AM   #9 
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i decided not to get the betta just because im new at this and it would be easier to go with small tropicals. about the cory will he be fine alone? because for the most part id like to keep fry numbers up.
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Cory cats are social fish and will do better if kept in groups-when kept alone they tend to be stressed and stressed fish can be a sick fish....they usually will not bother fry unless the fry is sick or injured hiding on the bottom and then the cory may eat it but they usually will not go hunting for healthy fry-also cory cats are bottom feeders and most livebearer fry stay at the top since they are top or surface feeders
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