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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-06-2020, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Betta and Goldfish in Five Gallon

Hello My female betta is contained on a 5 gallons with a gold fish becasue i observed that she seems to be very lonely. Is this okay for long term? they seems to get along quite well.
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Not really a good idea.

1. Goldfish are cold water fish and Betta are Tropical. The best temperatures for the Betta would be too hot for the good health and longevity of the Goldfish. The best temperatures for the Goldfish would be too cold for longevity and health of the Betta.

2. Goldfish get very large. It is believed that keeping them in a smaller tank for very long can stunt their growth and cause deformities.

3. There are even some who aver that the skeletons fish kept in too small of a home or overcrowded are stunted but their organs keep growing which causes their eventual death. You'd have to do more research on that one.

4. Betta are insectivores and require meat protein; Goldfish are herbivores. You would need to see that both are getting the nutrition they need.

Oh, and Betta do not get "lonely." If by "lonely" you mean she was lethargic and not eating that indicates there is something physically, not emotionally, wrong with her.
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so far they are both living together for about 3 months already. I offer brine shrimp and gold fish flakes alternately. Thank you for your advice, i shall find a suitable tank for the goldfish and keep the female betta fish by herself and just put a Cory instead? thanks
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As Russell has said Gold fish (being carp and aggressive at times ) are a cold water fish. Betta are tropical and need a temperature between 76 and 82 degrees. Gold fish can live in Temperature below freezing to (under the ice not trapped in it) above 80 degrees. (the above temp is not recommended) They are a fish that can adapt to their environment and can take high amounts of stress at times.

After reading both of your posts I personally can not agree with your thinking on the stocking of a tank. You are talking about a 5 gallon tank. This would be enough for one betta and maybe a snail. To have other fish that would be the same size as your betta taking up the space and creating twice the amount of ammonia is not a healthy tank. Even removing the gold fish and raising the temp to 78 degrees and adding a Cory is not something I would advise. But it's your tank and Your decision.

I'm sorry to say I think this is wrong on so many levels.

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so far they are both living together for about 3 months already. I offer brine shrimp and gold fish flakes alternately. Thank you for your advice, i shall find a suitable tank for the goldfish and keep the female betta fish by herself and just put a Cory instead? thanks
A Cory is a "shoaling" fish. This means, unlike Betta, they cannot have long and healthy lives without others of their kind to swim with. Shoaling fish should be kept in groups of at least six. This many is a five gallon is way too many for all of the fish to have the room they need.

I have found that no fish can comfortably live with a Betta in a five gallon.

Your Betta would be better off with a snail of some kind. Mystery Snails come in a lovely variety of colors. Assassin Snails are pretty, striped snails that are smaller than Mysteries. You could have one Mystery or two or three Assassin Snails in a five gallon.

I think it is great you are asking before doing and are concerned about what is best for all of your critters!

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thanks so much for the valuable input
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You are welcome. One of my favorite tanks was a 100 gallon Goldfish tank. So colorful and so many differing body shapes. Sadly, no longer room or energy for anything that large.

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