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OK. I LOVE bettas. I already have two, each in their own respective 5gallon tanks with heater/filter and the whole she-bang.

I am currently cycling a heavily planted 15 gallon tank (12.3g according to aquadvisor) in which I would like to place 10 chilli rasboras and a betta. My ph is 6.5 and my water is soft as I use 80% osmotic water. I have a couple of Indian Almond Leaves and some floating plants. Also some rocks and a tiki man in which a betta could hide. I also keep the tank at 80 degrees Fareheit.

I have done a lot of research and apparently most rasboras are quite peaceful and thus compatible with bettas and wont stress them out. They are also not too nippy. I chose chillis because they are attractive and true nano fish with a small bioload.

I definitely want to attempt this relationship and my question is which betta specimen will will be most likely to result in a successful habitat for both parties? (Both at peace with their surroundings.) I have read of many people keeping splendens with chillis but imbellis seems to be a bit safer? Also would a baby betta be a viable choice as they would grow up together?

So that is my question. Splendens, imbellis, or possibly a younger betta?

(I would of course add the betta last.) Is there really a preference or is it really just the individual betta since they are quite diverse as far as personality goes?

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Well I ended up getting a betta imbellis hybrid locally. He is quite small and has the same exactly colors and is slender. The main difference is he has a double tail. He seems quite peaceful.

Since I already introduced him to the tank to help the tank fully mature before introducing the chili rasboras, I am wondering what's the best method to introduce them when they arrive?

Should I place a transparent divider at first and then remove it over some time? Or should I remove the poor betta from his home and re-introduce him with the new tank mates in there and rearrange the furniture so to speak?

Any tips are appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Thank you. If it doesn't work out I will just use a divider and give my betta 4.5 gallons and the rasboras 8 gallons. I think that's fair but I'm not sure.

Thank you for your response :)

Has anyone had any success with a similar situation where the betta was acclimated first?
 

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Very helpful and good to know. Thanks again :)

I'm excited to be getting the chilli's. They were the nano fish I wanted most. They will look beautiful with my betta so I hope they can share the space. My tank is quite heavily planted but I will be adding more just in case.

Hmm...Maybe in the future if I'm successful I'll add some pygmy corys? ;-)

That site doesn't have chillis in stock currently but they do have the "sparrow rasboras." Does she restock often? If not I can wait a bit.

I saw another nano fish site Oddball Pets and another Frank's Aquarium but I haven't heard any recommendations from them. I really prefer to keep actual nano fish in anything under 20 gallons. I will have to keep an eye out if I can't get them locally.
 

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I will keep those plants in mind. Broad leafed plants are nice for fish to rest. As my tank cycles I will keep adding more. I love your aquascape! Very nice.

I would like to get mine to be so full. So they feel more comfortable. I keep the lights on for just eight hours. I wonder if ten hours would be too stressful?

I turn them on around noon which is when the sun is supposed to be at its fullest anway.

Right now my male betta is busy exploring every nook and cranny of the 15gallon :)
 

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It's good to know it's worked out for other people. I think it's a good suggestion to remove the betta but I'll think it over. I would rather not have to take him out. Maybe with more plants there will be plenty of places to hide.
I think with the lights off he will definitely notice though. I put a little snail in there because they were over populating my 30g and he noticed it right away. It was quite funny actually. He was like what is this thing?
 

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I added a couple of bunch plants to help diffuse the situation. I think with one or two more plants it will be perfect for the community set-up. Hopefully it helps the cycle too.

I actually added an assassin snail to one of my other betta tanks where the pond snail population was getting a little crazy. My betta 'Indi' knocked him down when he was on the glass and left him on his back. I turned him back over onto his "feet" and hid him under an Almond Leaf to give him a chance to dig lol. Poor thing.

In my community tank the betta just nipped at the shell a bit and then ignored him. They really are so different. That's why a back-up plan is always good I guess.
 

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