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04-15-2014 12:50 PM
Agent13
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Originally Posted by keepsmiling View Post
I think it's a myth that it's a myth. ALL living things gain from outside stimulation. Bettas live near other bettas in the wild, and do interact. They hunt their food, defend their territory. Come together to mate. Even solitary animals have some stimulation from life wherever they live.
To me there is nothing more sad than a single betta just sitting on the bottom of his tank with nothing to do except eat and what happens after.
They'd find equal satisfaction in a well set up tank that has plants and hides to entertain themselves. They don't need living creatures to stimulate them. People complain on here ALL the time about thinking their beta is "lonely" ... however I feel they are mistaking under stimulated (unhappy) for being lonely. All it takes is an adjustment to the setup..not a "friend". If they're sitting on the bottom of their tank..chances are they're sick..that isn't normal. I keep lots of solitary and semi solitary pets and the fun with them is creating an environment conducive to play. I type this as my frilled dragon (semi solitary animal) is climbing up her vines then leaping into her waterfall knocking the steam all over looking like a witch at her cauldron lol.. There are ways to entertain betas and other solitary animals safely. Bettas do not seek out "friends in the wild. They avoid them whenever possible.

I must add though there are a few bettas that suffer identity crisis and have no clue they are bettas. I had one and he spent his life thinking he was a corydora lol. Schooled with them and all


Dena..thats terrible! I'm so sorry!
04-15-2014 12:34 PM
keepsmiling I am so sorry Dena :(
04-15-2014 11:48 AM
DenaTaggart I purchased a Betta yesterday from PetCo with the assurance that it was a FEMALE because I was putting her into my community tank with 2 other female Bettas and 6 other community fish. My tank community was perfect all fish happy and no stress. When I was making the purchase I asked the "Aquatic Specialist" to confirm it was a female because "She" was so much more flamboyant then any other female I had seen. He confirmed she was a female. I went home gradually introduced her into the tank and went about my way. To my heart break "She" who is in fact a "He" killed all my other fish in the tank except for 3 of my non Bettas. I have spent so much time educating myself to be the best owner possible and I have done all the maintenance to assure my fish have the best inviorment possible. I loved them all and was so attached to them. I am do heart broken for them and for all my lost efforts because of the idiot at the store. UNBELIEVABLE.
Be very careful ! ! !
04-15-2014 07:33 AM
keepsmiling
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Originally Posted by Agent13 View Post
ADFs carry no pathogens almost ever that can infect a betta. Yes their bioload is a wee high but anyone wanting too keep aquatic animals healthy should have a filter and cycled their tank so this too should be a non issue.
Not good enough odds for me to risk it. People get lazy..they don't test the water. They do not change it enough, or start to slack. Not all, but many.
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(betas) don't need friends. Thats a myth
I think it's a myth that it's a myth. ALL living things gain from outside stimulation. Bettas live near other bettas in the wild, and do interact. They hunt their food, defend their territory. Come together to mate. Even solitary animals have some stimulation from life wherever they live.
To me there is nothing more sad than a single betta just sitting on the bottom of his tank with nothing to do except eat and what happens after.
04-15-2014 05:50 AM
Agent13
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Originally Posted by keepsmiling View Post
With most bettas being kept in small tanks, why compromise the health of a betta with a messy frog? I just believe these species should be housed separate. I don't think they gain anything from the pairing. And I do think you could expose the fish to pathogens it would not ordinarily encounter. Never kept frogs personally. Known people who have. I would rather see people keep another betta nearby, and let them interact visually through the tanks. I have always kept two to three males near each other on and off over many years. I think they benefit from the visual stimulation, unless it is an intense dislike, which happens on occasion. Mine have always enjoyed it, and most have lived long lives.
ADFs carry no pathogens almost ever that can infect a betta. Yes their bioload is a wee high but anyone wanting too keep aquatic animals healthy should have a filter and cycled their tank so this too should be a non issue.

Have I kept these together.. yep. However personal experience isn't enough to go on. Research is. I research every things I've ever kept in my 22 almost 23yrs in fish keeping.

I'll add though proper sized shrimp are the best suited for a 5g with a betta... btw they(betas) don't need friends. Thats a myth
04-15-2014 05:29 AM
keepsmiling
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Originally Posted by TacoZA View Post
What would those reasons be? I'm also thinking about a couple of ADFs in my 8Gallon for one of my bettas. Would like to hear your opinion and experiences with the pairing
With most bettas being kept in small tanks, why compromise the health of a betta with a messy frog? I just believe these species should be housed separate. I don't think they gain anything from the pairing. And I do think you could expose the fish to pathogens it would not ordinarily encounter. Never kept frogs personally. Known people who have. I would rather see people keep another betta nearby, and let them interact visually through the tanks. I have always kept two to three males near each other on and off over many years. I think they benefit from the visual stimulation, unless it is an intense dislike, which happens on occasion. Mine have always enjoyed it, and most have lived long lives.
04-13-2014 08:28 PM
Betaphototramp Guppies are a definite No No for betas. the fancy tailed mails will be quickly killed by the betta. The betta will think it is another male and will kill it. I have looked into other fish and found unless the tank is bigger Male Betas do not do well with other fish. Put in some ghost shrimp or cherry shrimp. They will do well with your betta.
04-13-2014 10:27 AM
TacoZA
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Originally Posted by keepsmiling View Post
I have one big shrimp in with one of my bettas. He is fun to catch a glimpse of at night or on occasion. For the most part in the day he stays hidden. Smart shrimp.
I don't like the frog with the betta idea, for a few reasons. Just my opinion.
Good luck
What would those reasons be? I'm also thinking about a couple of ADFs in my 8Gallon for one of my bettas. Would like to hear your opinion and experiences with the pairing
04-13-2014 05:14 AM
Rosebud975 Awwwww.... You've got a lucky betta! Hope you find a nice tank mate
04-13-2014 04:31 AM
keepsmiling I have one big shrimp in with one of my bettas. He is fun to catch a glimpse of at night or on occasion. For the most part in the day he stays hidden. Smart shrimp.
I don't like the frog with the betta idea, for a few reasons. Just my opinion.
Good luck
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