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Fish compatible with bettas?

I have an empty 29 gallon tank that I’m thinking of setting up as a community tank with a betta and maybe some other schooling fish. I’ve never done community tanks like this before, only single betta tanks and a goldfish tank with 3 goldfish. What are the chances that a betta would be comfortable in a 29 gallon tank if it has lots of plants and places to hide? Also what fish generally get along with bettas?

I’m not thinking of starting a female sorority, rather, a tank with a bunch of small fish and one male betta. 🙂
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Also what about with a 10 gallon tank, or would a betta be better by himself in that situation?
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I would stick to Nano and avoid livebearers like Mollies and Platys. The exception would be Endlers and Dwarf Panda Guppies. It is just my preference as I like having one centerpiece fish without competition from fish equally as large and colorful. I like the contrast between the larger Betta and the smaller shoaling varieties.

In a 10 gallon you can have two shoals of 6+ if one is a bottom dweller and one is mid-tank. In a 29 gallon you could have three shoals of one bottom dweller and two mid-tank dwellers of 6+. In either case, I prefer shoals with a minimum of eight. Shoals do not need uneven numbers. However, you do need to keep up the water changes and make sure there is enough oxygenation generated by the filter or air stones to allow the non-laybrinth fish to breathe easily.

I like Ember Tetra, Dwarf Panda Guppies (all male), smaller Rasbora like Chili, Habrosus (bottom dweller), Pygmy Cory, Hastatus Cory (both are mid-tank dwellers). IME, Neons are fine if you have larger shoals of 10+. I had a 20 long with 20 Neons and a Betta and they left him alone so I would say in the 29 you could do one shoal of bottom dwellers and one larger shoal of 15 Neons.

The skirted type of Tetra seem to be more aggressive toward long-finned fish. If you get a Plakat, though, they would most likely be fine.

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Thank you so much for all of that information! I have a lot to think about now. Are any of those fish you mentioned hardier or easier to care for than others? The only fish I have ever owned are betta and goldfish so I have 0 experience with other freshwater fish


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I would stick to Nano and avoid livebearers like Mollies and Platys. The exception would be Endlers and Dwarf Panda Guppies. It is just my preference as I like having one centerpiece fish without competition from fish equally as large and colorful. I like the contrast between the larger Betta and the smaller shoaling varieties.

In a 10 gallon you can have two shoals of 6+ if one is a bottom dweller and one is mid-tank. In a 29 gallon you could have three shoals of one bottom dweller and two mid-tank dwellers of 6+. In either case, I prefer shoals with a minimum of eight. Shoals do not need uneven numbers. However, you do need to keep up the water changes and make sure there is enough oxygenation generated by the filter or air stones to allow the non-laybrinth fish to breathe easily.

I like Ember Tetra, Dwarf Panda Guppies (all male), smaller Rasbora like Chili, Habrosus (bottom dweller), Pygmy Cory, Hastatus Cory (both are mid-tank dwellers). IME, Neons are fine if you have larger shoals of 10+. I had a 20 long with 20 Neons and a Betta and they left him alone so I would say in the 29 you could do one shoal of bottom dwellers and one larger shoal of 15 Neons.

The skirted type of Tetra seem to be more aggressive toward long-finned fish. If you get a Plakat, though, they would most likely be fine.
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I always do a fish-in cycle with my Betta. Once the tank is established and stable I add the other fish. I always uses SeaChem Stability when adding new fish because it is helps prevent a mini-cycle or cycle crash from the additional bioload.

My favorite Betta fish tank mates are Dwarf Panda Guppies, Ember Tetra, Habrosus and Pygmy Cory, Chili, Emerald and other like Rasbora. None of which are harder to keep than others. Although, Pygmy Cory may be a bit more sensitive than the others.

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My 10 gallon has already been cycled with the last betta I had in it. Since he passed, I’ve kept the tank and filter running even though all it has in it are live plants. If I choose to stick with the 10 gallon over the 29, I’m going to empty it out completely and set it back up with new substrate and more plants, but what about the filter media? Should any of it be replaced before adding new fish?

Also I assume it’s better to add the betta first since that’s what you do, but I’ve seen other people say to add the betta after the other fish. Is there a true difference between what’s better?

Thanks again so much for your detailed responses 🙂
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Not ignoring the filter media question; answered your other thread. When I do not have fish in a running tank I use SeaChem Stability to help keep the bacteria "fed." No need to do that, though, if you have snails.

I do not think it makes one bit of difference which is introduced first IF the introduction is done properly. Those who float to acclimated need to do so in a dark tank and leave the tank dark for a minimum of an hour. This not only prevents the Betta from becoming agitated it also allows the new residents to learn the tank in relative peace.

In contrast, I darken the tank and use Rachel O'Leary's method as described here:
https://msjinkzd.com/news/acclimatin...heir-new-tank/

Haven't lost a Betta or another species of fish yet.

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We won a betta once, and it came in a little vase...I already had a community 29 gallon set up with Platys...very easy to care for. I did some research and tried the betta in with the platys...it was great! I had no problems with that combination. Platys are peaceful, and the betta seemed very happy in the heated tank. I did have soft (fake) plants in different areas, and they got along great for 3 years. I don't know how old the betta was when he wound up as a centerpiece at a wedding...but he lived out the last 3 years happily and peacefully with the platys.

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