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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-24-2018, 11:28 AM
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If you wish to have some safe tank mates for your BETTAs then go with these species

1. Feeder Guppies
2 Cory Catfish
3. Harlequin Rasbora
4. African Dwarf Frog
5. Neon Tetras
6. Ember Tetras
7. Clown Plecos
8. Kuhli Loach
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Most Tropicals are compatible temperature-wise. It is the cold water fish like White Cloud Minnows which are not.



Doubling up on Rainbo's advice on cycling the tank. I do fish-in and if you use Seachem Prime you should have no issues with your Betta. But, wait at least a month before adding new fish as the cycle needs time to stabilize. I would caution that without live plants shrimp do not normally do well so I would skip invertebrates. You could add a snail immediately after the cycling is complete. Mystery or Assassin Snails are good choices. But not Nerite snails as most will only eat natural algae; not wafers or vegetables. They need a mature tank with established algae. The number one cause of death in Nerites is starvation because people see them skate over the non-algae and assume they are eating. It can take them months to starve to death so people do not realize what is the problem.



Pack the tank with plants so the fish you add (prey) are less stressed about living with a Betta (predator). And lest you think I am anti-community tanks know that I have had them for 40 years and have them today. But there are considerations one must give to make the habitat comfortable for *all* species.



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beware of the nerites lifespan too! everything I've read has said 1-2 years but mine are 4 years old and still kicking. Also hello Russell good to see your still around!!


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beware of the nerites lifespan too! everything I've read has said 1-2 years but mine are 4 years old and still kicking. Also hello Russell good to see your still around!!


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Natalie Nerite died last month. I had her just over five years. Good to see you, too. Missed you.

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Natalie Nerite died last month. I had her just over five years. Good to see you, too. Missed you.


Omg 5 years is a long time! I'm sorry she died :( I've missed you too!!


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Natalie Nerite died last month. I had her just over five years. Good to see you, too. Missed you.
Sorry for your loss. Just curious, did natalie nerite duplicate? I made my research before I bought my nerite, all resources say it won't. Guess what, i have three now!
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No, she never did.

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There’s no ‘replicating’ going on in my tank (the one currently with the 6 nerites). However, there have been numerous snail ‘embraces’ and at least one of them is running around leaving little white dots of infertile snail eggs.

V annoying.

There are hundreds of them. All over the glass and the wood, no surface is clear. The algae scraper does nothing. Just glides over them. It is beginning to look like there are tiny fairy lights throughout the tank.

I know they will slowly disappear, but it is taking too long!

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22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 1 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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Preparing and Placing the Aquarium. Start by cleaning out your tank with just water, no soap! ...
Install Your Filter. ...
Add Your Gravel. ...
Set up Your Plants and Decorations. ...
Fill it up! ...
Turn on Your Filter and Install Your Heater. ...
Add Neutralizer and Perform a Fishless Cycle.
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Preparing and Placing the Aquarium. Start by cleaning out your tank with just water, no soap! ...
Install Your Filter. ...
Add Your Gravel. ...
Set up Your Plants and Decorations. ...
Fill it up! ...
Turn on Your Filter and Install Your Heater. ...
Add Neutralizer and Perform a Fishless Cycle.
If I may, I do agree with the things you say here with the exception of doing just a fish-less cycle. There are 2 ways to cycle a tank fish-less and fish in cycling. either way is correct. Fish-less cycle needs added ammonia to get the bacteria started and to feed them. With a fish in cycle the bio load from one fish creates enough ammonia to start, and feed the cycle. Remember the tank needs the beneficial bacteria in order to break down the ammonia. (feeding the bacteria) The bacteria break down ammonia into nitrite and nitrate when all water parameters are 0 PPM for ammonia, 0 PPM nitrite, (if the tank is planted your Nitrate would be between 5-20) If not planted then you would be looking at 0 PPM for nitrate also.

But we are getting away from the original subject here.
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As the original post was in October last year and the OP has not been on the forum since November 4, I am closing this thread. All recent posts are worthy of threads of their own. Thank you for understanding.
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