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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-23-2017, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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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.


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Our member Falcon was talking about chiclid and betta as tank mates yesterday. You can read yourself.


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IMO Bettas and cichlids together are a big no no. Can you post a pic of the cichlid? I'm sure one of our lovely members here can help. @Texas Domer and @dave 75g are pretty good at idebt


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Thank you, but I have a dwarf cichlid, apparently one of the less aggressive south American species. I mostly need to know the parameters they like and if they need a school or not.
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I'll post a picture in a few hours. I want to look for the receipt that has its name on it, though.
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Apistogramma Hongslet is the name of the fish on the receipt. That was written on the tank too.
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I've never personally kept cichlids, but apistogramma do have the potential to get nasty. I think it's more of an issue with pairs during spawning, but the potential for serious aggression is still there.
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Part of the question was if it would be okay to have 1 dwarf cichlid and 1 Betta in an undivided tank- it's heavily planted with 2 caves. They're about the same size (cichlid is a little smaller than the Betta sans fins). Both seem pretty calm and there hasn't been any altercations through the barrier, which is clear.

Still on the fence.
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Even with a dwarf cichlid mildly aggressive temperament, I would be very hesitant to put in with a Betta as for the fact that cichlids are notorious fin nippers.

For one couple a minimum tank size is 20 gallons. It's 10 gallons of territory per fish.

Personally I would say no to this. The tank is big enough for one dwarf cichlid and that's it.
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