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10 gallon tank, friends for Poseidon

So I have names picked out for fish, that I don't actually have, or know what to put into the tank. I have a 10 gallon tank, with just Poseidon in it. I'm hoping to find cool and interesting tank mates for him. Just two additional tank mates.

Does anyone know if you can mix and kind of fish that are usually or commonly all black?
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Black Mollies? ive had them in betta tanks before. you could have 3-5 in there.

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Black Mollies? ive had them in betta tanks before. you could have 3-5 in there.
Sweet! That might actually be what I'm looking for.
I was in a different thread talking about fish names, and how I wanted a black fish named Toothless, I also want a fish (probably a bit brownish), call it Hiccup, and maybe a black and white fish and name it Jack (Skellington).

And I love how this fish looks.
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I just added a few harlequin rasboras today, there was some chasing initially from the betta but he has since began to ignore them for the most part.

I also added an assassin snail to help deal with some of the snails in the tank, and the betta has had a real issue with the snail, flairs at it and has bitten at it a couple times, but only if it's on the glass.
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I wouldn't add mollies, they can be bullies. Platies are similar and somewhat more friendly towards other fish, you should look into those.
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I wouldn't add mollies, they can be bullies. Platies are similar and somewhat more friendly towards other fish, you should look into those.
Will do. :) Thanks.
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It all depends on your betta, so be prepared to either return or rehouse the new fish. Also be sure to do some research on whatever you think of getting before getting it. And most importantly Quarantine for at least 2 weeks. Even if you think you're getting healthy fish they can be carrying nasty things that can infect your betta.

As mentioned above, Mollies can be bullies, they also prefer a higher PH than bettas and (if I remember correctly) brackish water.

Platies are supposedly calmer, but be sure to get a 2:1 ratio since males will chase females and can chase them too much if there are not other females to distract them. If you don't want fry, get only males. Even if you get only females they are often pregnant and like guppies can hold sperm for a long time and continuously give birth.

Guppies or Endler's Livebearers are another possiblity, I personally do not know much about either of them, but I do know that there is a myth that male bettas will attack colourful male guppies. This is false, and if the betta cannot be kept with male guppies, then its likely not going to accept most other tankmates anyways.

Pygmy Cories! Cories need a shoal of at least 6 fish to be comfortable, but this makes them relax and be playful! Cories though need a cycled tank and a sand bottom/area.

Snails. Ah the classic snail. If you don't want snails that will make more snails, you can do a Nerite, or maybe a Mystery snail. Nerite eggs cannot hatch in freshwater, so there is no chance. But they can be a bit picky with food, it's best to have a decent amount of algae for them in the tank before getting one. They might also accept algae wafers and blanched cucumber/zucchini but some will eat left over fish food as well. Mystery snails are also quite popular, but I don't know much about them other than the suggested minimum is 10gs.

RussellTheShihTzu is kinda the go to guy for betta tank mate advice!

This all really depends on your tank. I'm guessing it's a standard 10g? Also what is your filter? You just have fake plants right? how densely "planted" would you say the tank is? A picture might help :)

http://aqadvisor.com/ is a good resource but be sure to take its suggestions with a grain of salt.

Bottom line is, if your betta doesn't react well to tankmates, its better to let them be the only fish in the tank because betta are truly solitary fish. They in no way need tankmates and some are just not meant to, tankmates are more for our enjoyment anyways.

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