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Old 03-29-2011, 12:30 PM   #1 
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Question 10 Gal Tankmates for King Fishy?

Specs: 10 gal, heater set at 78, filter, two plastic plants, 1 castle and some gravel, using tap water with water conditioner, incandescent lighting (I am considering changing the bulb so that I may have live potted plants).

I have done a little research and found that some fish can be put with male bettas. My guy, King Fishy seems a little shy. He hides a lot and doesn't really care too much if I'm around. Personality thing, but I dig it. He does attack his reflection quite a bit though and often perches himself so that he can just stare at his reflection from afar.

I found an aquarium calculator and it said that I could add 3 mollies, 1 mystery snail and 1 african dwarf frog. My filtration would be at 101% and the stocking at 94%.

I think the dwarf frog is going to be more work to feed than I want to put forth. What does everyone else think?

Next, do these additions sound like they are a good idea with a male betta? I know his own personality plays a part, but in general and with the details given, do you think it's reasonable?

Finally, when should I add the fish and how many at a time? I don't want to hurt any little fishies in the making of this community! I should mention that King Fishy has been in his 10 gal for a week and I am cycling it. I think that's how you term that? I am a novice to fish, if you couldn't tell!

Thanks in advance for the help!!
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:53 PM   #2 
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Well I have not had that much experience with mollies. I am assuming they should be fine.
But I find that alot of members on this site reccomends cory cats to add with bettas, they are bottom dwellers. I personally own 9 between my ten gallon and 55 gallon.

ADF's can be a hassle. I have had feeding problems since they compete with the betta.

Your best luck is with the cory cats, and a snail. I was reccomended by my local aquarium store to only add 3 fish at time. You do not want to shock the other fish and water.

Hopefully someone will have information on mollies.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:49 PM   #3 
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Mollies depending on the type can be very fancy/showy which would seem like a challenge to your betta and he would feel the need to attack them I wouldnt personally house mollies with bettas because A: Mollies are pigs B: In higher heat like bettas prefer mollies will reproduce like rabbits and they are live bearers so you will have tiny little ones all over! I have some tetra in with one of my betta but most have cory or otto with them if you want to go down the tetra line remember there a schooling fish 5 ish is good and stick to the less aggressive tetra like black skirts or harlequin or even neons!
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:26 PM   #4 
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Personally, I can't STAND mollies - had some gang up on a LARGE female angel fish once and kill her. :(

I would go with cories, as stated, and/or harlequin rasboras. Very pretty fish in a subtle kind of way, too large for the betta to eat, calm and non-aggressive.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:55 PM   #5 
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Albino (or not albino) corydora catfish are GREAT with bettas, I also used to have otocinclus with my betta.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:59 PM   #6 
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I love my cories; they are very peaceful fish, and very cute!
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:22 PM   #7 
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I have 8 Harlequin Rasbora's in my 10gal. My betta just swims with them and hangs out in the middle of their school, then they take turns chasing each other!
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:07 PM   #8 
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Very interesting. Thanks for the recommendations! What do you all think of guppies or platties? Too betta-like to be in there?

Anyone have any comments on a mystery snail? Are they easy to care for? Get along with bettas generally?
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:09 PM   #9 
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He will attack male guppies because of the guppy's colorful tail - mistaking it for another betta.

From what I have heard, platies can be hit or miss.

Mystery snail? It's a mystery to me - LOL!!!
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:11 PM   #10 
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Mystery snails are easy to care for. I usually feed mine algea waffers. Your betta might pick on the snail a bit.
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