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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-15-2019, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Tank is great for adding more fish and it sounds like a plan as far as the plants go. Should be gorgeous. However, I would add no more fish until it is better planted. Keep in mind what I said: They still see your boy as a predator and need the security not only of a larger shoal but of more plants which breaks up the lines of sight and chase.

Do not expect that because your Betta is fine now he will remain that way. Yes, normally they do; but they are unpredictable fish and all of that can change overnight.

Some tips:

Use SeaChem Stability when adding new fish to even a cycled tank. It helps compensate for the added bio-load;

Use two filters instead of one. I have found people often forget that tank mates do not have labyrinth organs so they need well-oxygenated water. As you have a Plakat, you don't need to worry about too much current...which is good for tank overall health and great exercise for your Betta. Surface agitation prevents slick biofilm from forming. Oh, the other thing about two filters is if you are *ever* tempted to get another tank you have a cycled filter ready to use....This, says my husband, is the real reason I run two filters in my larger tanks.

Feed everybody the same thing. Too many, IMO, obsess over feeding the Betta this and one tank mate that and another that. I feed frozen, Fluval Bug Bites for small fish, same for medium-large fish and NorthFin Betta Bits.

As an aside, I am always saddened when I hear of forums and FB groups that are so judgmental....especially when so many "experts" are just parroting what they've heard and not basing their statements/advice on real-life experience.

This forum is, IMHO, special in that we help people with what they have and while we may suggest changes we do so kindly.

[B]Clarification:[/B] After thinking about it, I feel I should add that there are a lot of very knowledgeable people who have not had a lot of experience. Their advice is sound and spot-on. I was only referring to those who are dogmatic, short-tempered and unforgiving if you don't do things their way. So, I apologize to those members who fall into the first category. Your contributions to this or any other forum are immeasurable and much appreciated.

Update:
The plants got here and I'm gonna give the tank a few days to acclimate due to the addition of new plants, I also got a beautiful dragon stone for additional decor!
I've posted on reddit again just to test the waters, I wanted to ask about how I should go about introducing my corydoras to my betta once I get them, and I got a comment saying that my tank is overstocked.
I went into AqAdvisor and it showed my tank is 68% stocked or so, I know AqAdvisor can sometimes be unreliable but I don't think if I put it on a different website I will get an overstocked result, the same person told me he has years of experience once I asked for any sources on his claim and mentioned that I got way different comments over here.
Anyhow, I will keep an open and rational mind and just see how the community behaves once the corys arrive, and see what happens and how the tank looks in terms of swimming space, compatibility, temperature etc...
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Update:
The plants got here and I'm gonna give the tank a few days to acclimate due to the addition of new plants, I also got a beautiful dragon stone for additional decor!
I've posted on reddit again just to test the waters, I wanted to ask about how I should go about introducing my corydoras to my betta once I get them, and I got a comment saying that my tank is overstocked.
I went into AqAdvisor and it showed my tank is 68% stocked or so, I know AqAdvisor can sometimes be unreliable but I don't think if I put it on a different website I will get an overstocked result, the same person told me he has years of experience once I asked for any sources on his claim and mentioned that I got way different comments over here.
Anyhow, I will keep an open and rational mind and just see how the community behaves once the corys arrive, and see what happens and how the tank looks in terms of swimming space, compatibility, temperature etc...

You'll never make some of the people on betta websites happy. You could make a betta tank out of a 2 foot deep kiddie pool, replicating a rice paddy, heating and filtering it, but adding some other fish that are naturally found in the betta's native habitat. You would have someone saying that "betta cannot live with other fish and must be kept alone".

I think your betta, and soon to have cories, will be just fine in the set up you are going to have. As has been said, just keep an eye out for stress, or aggression. I generally give mine a couple weeks to adjust, unless the situation is really bad, so far mine have all adjusted but if they didn't I'd just move the betta. I've found that having lots of plants helps lessen stress and aggression.
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Echoing what Rainbo said.

As far as introducing:

There's no need to remove your boy. If you float the bag turn the lights off while the Cories are floating, release them into the darkened tank and leave the lights off at least an hour or two but more is better.

People have trouble when they float the new additions in a lighted tank. This can lead to frustration, aggression and stress as the Betta attacks the bag. In a darkened tank this doesn't seem to happen.

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Tank is great for adding more fish and it sounds like a plan as far as the plants go. Should be gorgeous. However, I would add no more fish until it is better planted. Keep in mind what I said: They still see your boy as a predator and need the security not only of a larger shoal but of more plants which breaks up the lines of sight and chase.

Do not expect that because your Betta is fine now he will remain that way. Yes, normally they do; but they are unpredictable fish and all of that can change overnight.

Some tips:

Use SeaChem Stability when adding new fish to even a cycled tank. It helps compensate for the added bio-load;

Use two filters instead of one. I have found people often forget that tank mates do not have labyrinth organs so they need well-oxygenated water. As you have a Plakat, you don't need to worry about too much current...which is good for tank overall health and great exercise for your Betta. Surface agitation prevents slick biofilm from forming. Oh, the other thing about two filters is if you are *ever* tempted to get another tank you have a cycled filter ready to use....This, says my husband, is the real reason I run two filters in my larger tanks.

Feed everybody the same thing. Too many, IMO, obsess over feeding the Betta this and one tank mate that and another that. I feed frozen, Fluval Bug Bites for small fish, same for medium-large fish and NorthFin Betta Bits.

As an aside, I am always saddened when I hear of forums and FB groups that are so judgmental....especially when so many "experts" are just parroting what they've heard and not basing their statements/advice on real-life experience.

This forum is, IMHO, special in that we help people with what they have and while we may suggest changes we do so kindly.

[B]Clarification:[/B] After thinking about it, I feel I should add that there are a lot of very knowledgeable people who have not had a lot of experience. Their advice is sound and spot-on. I was only referring to those who are dogmatic, short-tempered and unforgiving if you don't do things their way. So, I apologize to those members who fall into the first category. Your contributions to this or any other forum are immeasurable and much appreciated.
The new plants got here! I just put them in the tank and everyone is doing fantastic!
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