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Old 03-05-2012, 09:52 PM   #1 
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Question Female Betta(s) in a Community Tank?

I am in the process of developing a 20 gallon planted community tank with plans for the following fish:

  • 10x Neon Tetra
  • 3x Mollys
  • 3x Platys
  • 2x Apple Snails
AqAdvisor has me at 80% stocked (link) so was wondering if it's possible to have any female betta in the tank (perhaps 2-3?). Will there be compatability issues if I decide to go down that path?
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:30 PM   #2 
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Female bettas are often just as aggresive as thier male counterparts.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:39 PM   #3 
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you should read the sorority sticky in the betta care board (first board i think?) they usually recommend no less than four females, which it doesnt look like you have room for. but im not an expert.
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:44 AM   #4 
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you should read the sorority sticky in the betta care board (first board i think?) they usually recommend no less than four females, which it doesnt look like you have room for. but im not an expert.
Yea, I have read that before. Adding 4 females takes it up to 94% stocked, so I was more worried about their behaviour.

If they get as agressive as males I might avoid them for the time being.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:10 PM   #5 
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i think actually, the more girls you have, the agression is spread out more. or thats what i understood. you could always just add one of them? or try the two to three, im no expert :)
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You could just add one female. That stocking level would be fine.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:43 PM   #7 
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You could just add one female. That stocking level would be fine.
Thanks, I think that is what I will do. If it doesn't work out I can always go back to the setup that I have now (male and female betta in a split tank)
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:10 AM   #8 
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i have just the single female in my community tank, which has a honey gourami, harlequins, couple of guppies, a mollie, two bristle nosed catfish, kuhli loachs, black neons, and they get on fine
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