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That whole complex of bettas really needs a pH of 3-5 to thrive and a blackwater type set-up.

I would recommend albimarginata or channoides for community fish as even though they have large mouths none of mine have ever eaten any of my smaller fish and they are very peaceful. My rutilans, coccina, brownorum and tussyae are nasty when the mood gets them and are not averse to tearing some fins and chasing some fish.
 

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I keep my channoides/albis and other wilds at around 72-75 Fahrenheit. Most wilds do prefer it slightly cooler than splendens, but you could probably keep them warmer and it really wouldn't do any harm.
 

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No problems. Since channoides and albimarginata breed like guppies, it shouldn't be hard to find a pair or trio (you generally want two males to a female as she can breed them to the point of starvation) and aquarium bred fish would probably do better in a community than wild-caught.
 
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