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Old 05-08-2011, 07:21 AM   #1 
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Question Wild betta (Betta rutilans)

In my 20 long I'll have a trio of platies, 3 otos, 10 cardinal tetras, and my new CT boy.

But my LFS breeds/sells Betta rutilans (Wild guys/girls!) And I was wondering if I could keep one with him? I mean, people say that you can keep wilds with splendins, but... is it okay?
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:20 AM   #2 
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:02 PM   #3 
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I have no idea but by bumping this thread maybe someone can answer your questions.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:32 PM   #4 
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I've read that the wild bettas tend to like the water a bit cooler (70 to 75*), but I have no personal experience with them.
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:38 PM   #5 
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Isn't there an user on this forum who actually owns a Betta rutilans?

I'm sure you saw this already - http://www.ibcbettas.org/smp/species/rutilans.html

This is informative too: http://orcabetta.blogspot.com/2008/06/wild-betta.html

Interesting thread on another forum: http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?...ith-splendens/

I would be more worried about your CT harassing the wilds, but if they get on well, I wouldn't be too worried. You might want to take the time to introduce them, same as you would as if you were starting a sorority.

Hope this helps! I only own splendens, but I think the wild type bettas are so interesting too!
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I'm not sure if I would, your tank seems full already with the 10 Cardinals and the seven other fish... but that's me. xD
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:39 AM   #7 
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I've decided against it. The risk is too great I think for such a small tank. Thanks for your help everyone!
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