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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-29-2019, 08:08 PM
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Believe it or not, Betta benefit from higher flow output.

I buy mostly Betta with exaggerated finnage. I put the filter on its lowest flow and gradually increase as the Betta gain strength. They seem to like swimming into the flow for exercise. The result is my filters all go about half-way or a bit more so there is some surface agitation but not turbulence. I also use blue light bubble wands and the Betta (along with the other fish) are seen swimming in and out of the bubbles.

The advantage of the blue light is you can watch the fish and their night-time behavior once the white lights go off. So much fun. When you are more confident of other species, this will be especially helpful if you get shy, night-active fish like Hara jerdoni. So cute.

If you like the bottom-dwelling Cory behavior then later on look into a shoal of 10 or so Pygmy Cory. They are mid-tank dwellers so won't compete with the other Cory for food. And they are more fun than a box of popcorn!

BTW, I have two 20 long community tanks. When they weren't divided I ran two filters....one on each end. *I* say that's to filter the entire tank so there are no dead spots AND should one go out I still have another. However, my husband says I run two filters so I have one ready for another tank.

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Yes, this experimentation is totally new for me. I have had many bettas over my lifetime, and especially in my son's lifetime, but always as a "oh bettas are cool" kind of thing. I'd like to say I was always experienced, but of course the "big draw" to the novice is that bettas "can" be kept in itty bitty cutesy containers with a plant stuck on top.

But relatively recently I went through some trauma, and I've found that aquariums really bring me a sense of calm and healing, and since then I've jumped in headfirst. I've gone from "1 gallon is big enough" to "I need a minimum of 5g, and I need a variety of sizes to choose from". I've definitely enjoyed having the cories and REALLY hope that the chill life I saw was what's in store!!
And I'll be doing some better oxygenation for sure!

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As everyone has said above, it depends on the fish! One of my males lives in a 5 gallon with 3 amano shrimp - he's so timid that they chase him off of food sometimes. Another male with 4 cherry shrimp - chased them around for a day and I thought he was going to eat them, but gave up and now leaves them alone. 5 females in a 40 gallon - added in 6 cories and only one of the females was a brat (actively chased and bit at the cories). I put her in jail for a while and now she leaves them alone.

So yeah, they're all different! If you're having issues, I have luck with 'betta jail'. Just stick them in a breeder net for a few days in that tank and hopefully they settle.
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As everyone has said above, it depends on the fish! One of my males lives in a 5 gallon with 3 amano shrimp - he's so timid that they chase him off of food sometimes. Another male with 4 cherry shrimp - chased them around for a day and I thought he was going to eat them, but gave up and now leaves them alone. 5 females in a 40 gallon - added in 6 cories and only one of the females was a brat (actively chased and bit at the cories). I put her in jail for a while and now she leaves them alone.

So yeah, they're all different! If you're having issues, I have luck with 'betta jail'. Just stick them in a breeder net for a few days in that tank and hopefully they settle.
I am SUPER pleased to report that adding more cover has changed the dynamic in the tank exponentially. I didn’t get more live plants, I got silk plants because I wanted bulk over parameter balancing.
I’ll be adding the blue bubble wand next payday for additional oxygen as well, and have changed my flow settings so that he gets a TINY bit more exercise aside from chasing teeny tiny catfish.
But they all seem to really get along well.

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Swim Shady: doubletail male

Ella: veiltail female

Neo: crowntail male
Bruiser: crowntail male
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That is great news.
Thank you for the update.

70litre tank: (Kham) mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, 2 amano, yellow dwarf shrimp. Heavily planted.
57litre cube tank: (No Name); betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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FWIW, one gets the same result as using a breeder net if one just gives the fish proper cover and a day or so to work things out on its own.

However, if the behavior lasts more than a couple of days temporary separation often works. But this separation must be done with the above mentioned breeder net or another clear container *in the tank* to be effective.

The dynamic involved is the fish in the net realizes whether they chase the other fish or not, they leave. Same thing with a dog that chases cars. The dog thinks the cars "run" because he/she is chasing them. If you take that dog and make him/her sit and watch cars go by for an hour or so it gets the idea. Used this method with great success when I was doing behavior modification training.
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I have had several Betta over the years and found they were/are all full of bravado and posturing, but sweet underneath... until I bought a sibling pair of yellow koi plakats. They are both WIRED! Both chase and nip anything in sight, relentlessly! Very people-friendly though <3
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