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Betta tankmates have to be chosen as carefully as a person chooses a roommate. Pick the wrong betta mates, and your fish will suffer. Choose the wrong roommate for yourself and you may suffer. You get the idea. Let's take a look at some betta tankmates that will allow your fish to live a long, happy and healthy life with good neighborly interaction.

The right betta mates need to understand that he is living with a fish that can be surly, and even downright nasty at times. The perfect partner will allow his finny friend room to be himself, and shouldn't clash lest there be dire consequences.

1 - Apple Snails
Apple snails are a great addition to a betta tank. These snails are small at birth, but can reach a size of 4 - 6 inches when adult, and add a peaceful nature to your betta. Bettas typically ignore them.

2 - Cory Catfish
Cory Catfish are the most common catfish kept in aquariums. Since they prefer the bottom of the tank, they typically do not run afoul of the middle to top-dwelling betta fish. They are hardy and very easy to breed and care for.

3 - Dwarf Frog
Betta tankmates need to be non-similar to the betta. Bettas attack other fish that resemble themselves. That is why a dwarf frog or two make such a diverse friend for your betta and a wonderful visual addition to your tank.

4 - Neon Tetras
Neon tetras are small (one inch max.), inexpensive fish that add motion and vibrant color to any tank. They respond extremely well with any betta fish.

Remember that every betta fish has a distinctive personality. What works for one betta may not work for the next one.

And when your betta mates, all bets are off, and a previous friend can become a foe in your fighting fish's eyes. Don't forgot that you should never keep more than one inch of fish per gallon of aquarium. If you follow these rules, you should be able to place some great betta tankmates with your beautiful betta splendens that will provide you with a full, visual experience.




Elizabeth Christopher
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Do you guys have any other suggestions that have worked for you?
 

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Maybe add that cory's and neons are sholing (sp) fish and like to be in groups of at least 4-6.
 

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Ghost shrimp, assuming your bettas don't eat them! My girls tried to give them a few nips when I introduced them, but they were too quick. Now my girls ignore them. They're very cute little guys with a lot of character.
 

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One of my ADF's chomped a big hole in my betta's tail and wouldn't let go. It was traumatizing.
 

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Ghost shrimp, assuming your bettas don't eat them! My girls tried to give them a few nips when I introduced them, but they were too quick. Now my girls ignore them. They're very cute little guys with a lot of character.
Ghost shrimp are cool little fellas.
 

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Cool post!! though, bettas can and WILL eat neons. :(
 

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I might get some tetras, but probably not for my betta. He just made his first bubblenest (and it's BIG o_O)!! I'm taking that as a 'thanks for the new plants', so I think I should leave off putting anything else in with him if he's already happy. :3
 

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Chinese Algae Eaters. Reading around they can be hit or miss towards aggression. I have two in a ten gallon and they keep it near spotless. The older and bigger of the two only pulls rank on the smaller one when I'm doing something in the tank and they are freaking out. They both leave the Betta alone and occasionally while hanging on the side of the tank the Betta will investigate them but its nothing more then a nudge. The are almost as fun as my Betta because they people watch.
 

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I think it would be helpful to put how many of each companion could be put in a tank with a Betta(like, 1 betta, and 3 ___ or 2 ___ or 5 ___ in a 10gal)

LOL, thats the whole reason I came over here, how many tetras would go good in a 10 gal with a male betta. I'm going to put in fake plants and rock caves too...

ETA - would GloFish be a possiblity too? If so, how many?
 

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I also want to add that Bettas don't want tank mates and you have to be willing to deal with any sort of over stressed behavior that comes from adding a tank mate. YOUR BETTA DOES NOT NEED FRIENDS!!! While they may tolerate other animals in the tank they don't actually enjoy it.

Also bettas are EXTREMELY territorial.. if your going to add another fish you better have AT LEAST a 10 gallon tank. Just because you have a 6 gallon tank and your betta only "technically" needs 2.5 gallons does not mean there is enough physical space in your tank for your betta to have his territory and not be overstressed by the other fish.

I don't like putting any fish in with bettas. IMO snails and shrimp are really only the acceptable tank mates for bettas.

Also.. if your going to get another animal research ITS requirements (i.e. mystery snails need at least 2.5 gallons to themselves so its not good to put them in a 3 gallon with your betta). There is no such thing as a "tank cleaner".. every body poops.

@ miss meg.. I wouldn't add more than 3 tetras in a 10 gallon with a betta and even thats pushing it... tetras can also nip your bettas fins and your betta may kill the tetras.
 

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OK, thank you 1fish2fish!
 

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Some people find zebra danios too active for bettas, but I think that they go really well together in a 15g or larger tank
 

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1fish, I don't like putting other fish with bettas, either. I think it stresses out the betta too much. They are solitary fish and I feel they are better off alone. Also, if a fish dies, the betta will eat off of it. Eeeuuuw! And if the betta dies, the other fish will eat off of it. Double eeeuuuwww!!!
 

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I can only speak from personal experience but Tango loves his cory friends. They're a constant source of interest for him. He hunts with them, he swims with them, he follows them around to see what they're checking out. He doesn't flare or nip at them. I've noticed that my other two betta 'pace' a lot and I never see Tango doing that. He has too much to watch and interact with in his tank. Of course, his tank is MUCH larger too.

You do have to make sure that you have an alternative in place if your betta doesn't enjoy tankmates. It's only fair to the newcomers and your betta. It doesn't always work out the way we'd like it to. And I'd never put a tank mate in anything smaller then a 10 gallon.
 

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Vaygirl.. I agree with you.. In tanks 10 gallons and up bettas will probably do fine with other fish but you definitely have to have another tank on hand if/when your betta decides he doesn't want tankmates LOL
 

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I have 5 Neons, a frog, and a small female betta in my 10 gallon and they get along perfectly. My favorite is when my betta looks at my frog (non flaring) then tilts her head like huh? then swims away haha its super cute.
 
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