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post #1 of 6 Old 12-19-2010, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Beta with community fish?

I was wondering if a beta would get along with fish in a tropical planted community tank? The only thing that I would think would be a problem is angels? Would the Beta get along with them? The angels are the same size as the beta.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-19-2010, 11:43 PM
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All I gota say is you are asking for trouble, I've seen people around here do it successfully though and mainly with female bettas. And I for one wouldn't risk any fish with long flowing fins even if they are twice the size of bettas, I'm sure some betta people can come in and comment more as my betta experience is extremely limited.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-20-2010, 12:10 AM
I have heard that angels and bettas won't get along. Bettas are solitary fish and are best kept alone, but it really depends on their personality.Some will do ok with ghost shrimp, ADF's and cory catfish.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-20-2010, 02:49 AM
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Tank size would probly make a difference but the safe answer is no. One thing I learned about this "hobby" is that there are no rules set into stone. With that being said, you may talk to someone who had great success with a beta in a community tank, but others ( like myself) have horror storys. I would not do it.

You did not specify but it seems like you already have the angels and want to add a beta. I got a separate 5gallon cheap Tank(walmart) and added a heater and live plants and now have a wonderful home for a beta. He shares it with a apple snail, and he loves it, he looks amazing and is great to watch, he even builds bubble nests every now and then. This is how betas should be kept IMO and not only is it cheap, you can probably fit the tank anywhere and you have piece of mind that neither the angels or beta will be stressed.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-20-2010, 04:36 AM
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I keep my betta in a 20 g with 6 gold mountain minnows & 3 ottos & he gets along fine its been almost a year no problems. I dont know about angels but I would recommend it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-20-2010, 09:13 PM
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We had a betta in a community tank that included gourami's. Did not work, and now, after being older and wiser understand why. The betta knocked one of the gourami's eyes out. We moved him, and both he and the gourami did fine for a LONG TIME afterward...but not together. Based on that, I would not do it again.

However, we had a bunch of stuff in the tank that appeared to not have difficulty with the betta..including some mollies, guppies, cory cats, and probably some tetras of some sort.... it has been a long time...anything and everything active and colorful. The tank was very un-scientific and for the amusement of our cats.

I am much better informed, now.

By the way, only one of our four cats ever gave it a look, but Pongo, a male Siamese, spent HOURS and HOURS watching the continuous show!

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