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Old 10-12-2011, 07:17 PM   #1 
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Question What Fish Are Compatible With Male Bettas?

I just upgraded my bettas tank to a 2.5 gallon from a small 1 gallon. My new tank has a filter, lighting, and gravel. The problem is the tank is looking empty with my betta just hanging out at the top. I'm looking for some tank mates that dont require "special care" meaning heating or special frozen foods. I talked to my local petsmart they said my only choice was another male betta and a few female bettas. Wich i know is wrong because a male betta and another male betta cannot be in the same tank. If i do females i dont want to worry about eating babys or anything. So im hoping this community can help me out. More information about my tank is in my signature. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:42 PM   #2 
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You can't have anything in a 2.5 gallon besides your Betta, you could try some shrimps but they'll usually end up as a tasty snack for your Betta.

So yeah, he'll just live alone for the time being.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:48 PM   #3 
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As Micho said you can't do any fishy friends in a 2.5 gallon tank. You really shouldn't listen to the people at the petstore. You can't keep male and female bettas together especially in small tanks.

If you think that the tank is too bare my suggestion is try adding live plants. I planted a little jungle in my betta's 2.5 gallon tank and now he's more active and the tank just looks nicer in general.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:51 PM   #4 
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And you cant really have anything but maybe some shrimp, as mico stated
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:59 PM   #5 
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Aw

Well thats a disappointment i was really looking forward to putting some more friends in there. Heres some pictures of my tank so you can see more of its size. As i said i just upgraded so it does look bare right now ill go to the pet store tomorrow.



Please let me know if there are small fish like guppies that are compatible. I really want some tank-mates for my fish.

Also i know this dosn't fit in this catagory but my filter instructions say to keep the water level no more than 1 below the base of the filter. But my betta gets blow away by it if he goes in front of it. But if the water level is lower and the water pours out of the filter instead of blowing out it moves the water less.

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Old 10-12-2011, 08:07 PM   #6 
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Oh, I forgot to say, welcome to the forums!

Also, I'm sorry if I come as harsh but no other fish in that tank please, even small fishes. Zero, nada, no. Only your Betta can live in that tank right now, when you upgrade your tank to something like 10g then you can have a community tank with other fish, but right now it's basically impossible. Even a snail is a bad idea. . .

As for the filter, baffle it. Here's a guide on how to baffle your filter, also just another question do you have a heater?
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I had a snail in there with him before but my friend took it seemed fine but that was for like 2 weeks in a 3 gallon tank.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:13 PM   #8 
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Sorry, but there really aren't any other fish that would be happy in a 2.5. It's not just a case of size - you have to take into account other things like
- the other fish's activity level (for instance, neon tetras aren't big but they are active, and need a decent tank to swim around in)
- the bioload (a 2.5 isn't the most stable body of water in terms of the cycle, and you really don't want to overload the filter)
- the betta needing his own space. In a 2.5 he should happily explore every level of it and really enjoy the space as his own, and he probably wouldn't appreciate tankmates.

I really wouldn't consider any tankmates for him in less than a ten gallon. Then you could have:
- 6 pygmy cories
- 3 endlers livebearers
- 6 ember tetras or microrasboras
These are either/or options, though; you wouldn't want them all.

In the 2.5 I reckon shrimp would be feasible. The trick to keeping bettas and shrimp together is to give the shrimp heaps of cover. Java moss (impossible to kill) is great for that, and can just lie across the bottom like a blanket if you like. Eventually they will get used to each other, and should be happy. :) I have red cherry shrimp in my male's 5 gallon and my 16 gallon sorority, and the shrimp are happy and breeding. It took a while in the 5, but eventually my male ignored them and they got more confident. :)
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:14 PM   #9 
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Depends on what kind of snail, generally snails have a high bioload since they poop a lot.

But really, no other fish. -____-; Small guppies are worst because of their long fins, they'll either rip your Bettas fins to shreds or your Betta will rip their fins to shreds. Unless you can get a bigger tank like a 10 gallon tank then you'll be able to keep other fish with your Betta but anything under 5 gallons I would not recommend any tank mates.
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2.5 gallons is really just too small for any tank mates to hide from bettas and allow them to create their own territory. Often in bigger tanks you can avoid problems since the tank mates will have room to escape from the betta if there are agression issues but in a 2.5 gallon no matter how big it seems there really isn't enough space to hide from the betta.

As for the filter you really should keep the water level where the instructions tell you to or else the filter may break or malfunction. On the betta care or betta tank section there should be a sticky about baffling filters. All you need is some aquarium sponge and a rubber band.
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