Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum. :) I just bought my first betta fish, Libertine, and have him set up in a 10 gallon with a good filter, heater, and live plants. The tank hasn't fully cycled yet so I am not intending to add any companions for quite a while but like to plan ahead.
Originally, I wanted to put a small school of neon tetras in with him but I am reading a lot of conflicting opinions on their compatibility. Most of the articles I dug up said they make fine companions but on forums like this, and talking to friends of mine who had bettas at one time, it seems like neons can either end up bullied or nip at the betta's fins; neither of which I want.
I'd really welcome opinions on neon tetras and any other schooling fish that can work with bettas. This is my only fish tank (I have a turtle/frog tank but no fish can survive in there; my turtle is an eating machine) so if I put the wrong kind of fish in, I have no where to put them should it not work out. I am aware that cories and the like do well but would really prefer a smaller, schooling fish as I love how soothing they are to watch.
Hi Gemma! I have a 10 gal. tank with one betta and 3 neon tetras. They are all doing fine together. I also have some live plants and artificial driftwood with several holes for hiding. I read in other threads that neons should be in schools of 6 so have been thinking of getting three more but, the three I have seem to do just fine. I had the betta in the tank first and then added the neon tetras. Good luck and post some pics when you can.
danios aren't a good idea in only a 10 gallon. IMO, most fast schoolers need to be in groups of 5 at the least with 20 gallons as to avoid stressing each other and your betta. of course every betta is different, but a tank full of schooling fish who need more room would be to stressful for most bettas.
there are fish like platies, mollies, cory cats, etc who aren't as crazy active, but still school and look pretty.