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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-09-2016, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! I'm new here. My name is Arianna, I'm 17 and I'm from PA. I have a betta instagram called @bettasnfriends and if you would like to see pictures of the fish or tank that I am talking about please look at my two recent posts as I can not post them here.

Tomorrow my baby betta (who isn't too tiny anymore) will be making a leap from a one gallon tank to a ten gallon tank! I finally got around to cleaning out another tank from when my old girl passed away, and even though Octavia is still not full grown she deserves some more space to swim... but I want her to have friends.

I bought her as what I thought was a double tail and was labeled as a baby male at petco, but she has an egg spot. She also hasn't gotten too big in the 3-4 months I have had her.

Mack (my former girl) is the only betta I've trusted to be in a tank with other fish: two zebra danios, two guppies, a bunch of ghost shrimp and two other guppies (only one type at a time). I think Octavia is calm enough to live with some others, but I need help to decide what to get.

The tank is 10 gallons.
It has a filter.
It can have a heater, but I only have two so I would move one if they need it more.
It does have a lot of fake plants and ceramic hideouts, not many on the top half of the tank though.
I would prefer them to be in the $1-2 range at petco or petsmart.

Please give me some ideas for species to get (I already know the guidelines to fish that are often good with bettas, but I would like specifics), as well as how many I could have in the tank (and also how many ghost shrimp I could also have). I also like fish within a species that look different, so I can name them and tell them apart.

Should I buy half of them tomorrow, add Octavia, then buy the other half later this week?

Any suggestions are welcome!
Thank you!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-10-2016, 06:35 PM
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Honestly, maybe some cat fish/bottom dewellers. Otocinclus is a great cleaner, as are shrimp (they are fairly cheap). I wouldn't recomend corys as they need a group, and it'd basicly be 6 cories and a female betta (not very intresting looking if you ask me). You could also try your hand at a sorority(https://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=123796 looks good for info) (group of females), just be careful as it can get violent. You'll need lots of silk/live plants for them to be happy, and good food that won't keep them from being hungry on each other.
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I actually just got home from the store with six neon tetras. I looked on some other sites and they seemed to be the best ones to do. I will add Octavia in a few days and then if I ever want other fish I have room for them. If it doesn't work out I can take her out and just make a community tank.
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Just be aware, neon tetras are very sensitive to poor water quality. Going by your OP, it doesn't sound as if the 10 gallon is cycled? Based on what I've read, neon tetras can be touchy even in established tanks, but if the tank is going through a fish-in cycle, you are going to have to be monitoring your parameters closely.

I'm also someone that strongly advises quarantining any new fish for a minimum of two weeks before they come into contact with any of your existing fish. This means total isolation. No sharing equipment, and no putting your hands into the quarantine tank and then into the other as this can also cause the spread of disease and parasites.

If the neon tetras are in the ten gallon, and Octavia is still in the one gallon, I'd recommend leaving them like this for a couple of weeks if you are able to. Even healthy looking fish can be harbouring disease, and it is devastating to lose your fish because of improper quarantine procedures.

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