Cichlids and Betta? Help!
Okay, so here's my story:
Last weekend, I went to PetCo and got two Betta's, a female and a very pretty male (Sake). The female died within two days, and the male is healthy.
I set up a 10G divided tank (filtered and heated) for them with gravel and caves and lots of cover. Sake went in his half, and the female died in a short QT period.
Fast forward to this weekend- Dad said he wanted a fish. So we went to the pet store and got a dwarf South American cichlid. The exact name escapes me, but full size is about 3 inches. I had him in quarantine overnight. Since he was active and eating I put him into his half of the divided tank, which has plenty of cover, current, and gravel and whatnot.
From what I can recall of threads I once read, Cichlids can be tank mates with Betta's.
What I've come here to ask you all is, A) would these two fish in an undivided tank be a good idea? And B) Can Cichlids be fine as a singular fish? Or do we need to go the the store and get a school of fish for this guy? I realize that if we got a school, the divider would need to come out. This the first question stands.
From my experience, they would probably be okay tank mates, since Sake is, I think, relatively calm, and the Cichlid not very flashy and still kind of scared.
Thoughts? Comments? Fish well-being is possible at stake!