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post #1 of 15 Old 10-21-2012, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
Betta compatibility?

Hello All, i have a Male Crown-tail betta in a 1 gallon unfiltered tank, but im starting to feel bad for him since he does not have much room. But i have a 10 gallon filtered, heated, etc. Tetra tank with 3 Neons, 2 Glo-Lite, and 3 silver-tip Tetras. Will these tetras be bothered by him? I dont want to risk killing any of my tetras. If so ill just resort to getting him a bigger tank for him. Also, the 10 gallon tank has a pretty good current in it that the tetras like, will that be bad for him? Thanks.
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-22-2012, 12:05 AM
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Hi. Unfortunately it's not the betta that will bother the tetra; it the other way around. Tetra are notorious fin-nippers in groups of less than 6 (or a single species, not as a whole). I think your betta would rather be in a 5 gal heated tank than getting his tail constantly nipped by tetra. And I know he won't enjoy the current. I've never known a betta that did.

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-22-2012, 08:37 AM
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Tetras like calm water also, however I wouldn't put a Betta with other fish. It can sometimes work, but Bettas are often aggressive to anything.

And as mentioned, several tetra species will turn agressive and nip fins if not kept in large enough same species schools, they need the numbers to feel safe.

A 5 gallon is a good minimum size for a betta. A sponge filter is more than sufficient and creates very little water movement. They also don't need cartridges so you save that money.
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-22-2012, 12:23 PM
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I agree. This is a very real risk either way--the Betta will not appreciate the others (and I had a betta once that easily ate neons) but the tetra are almost certain to nip the betta's fins. Silvertips can be nippy, maqles esp, as it mentions in the profile. All characins have a good set of choppers, and like using them when tempted.

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post #5 of 15 Old 10-30-2012, 05:18 AM
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If the tetras are established then probably not a good idea. I have a small group (4) congo tetras with one betta in an 8Gal tank, they were put in together so established their territories from day one. have not seem evidence of any fin nipping, in fact my betta's fins seem to have got longer since I got him. He cruises around the heater side and top front of the tank; the tetras hang out in back and chase each other around the plants. I did hear that congos are more 'chill' than other tetras :P

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post #6 of 15 Old 10-30-2012, 07:38 AM
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I'd opt for getting a larger heated, filtered tank for the betta. My personal experience with mixing a betta with other fish has been that the betta never fared well.

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post #7 of 15 Old 10-31-2012, 01:00 AM
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I wouldn't try to put the Betta in the Tetra tank.

BUT a 5g is not minimum size for a betta, they are usually very happy in a 2.5-5. In my experience when they are in anything bigger than a 5 they get nervous and want to hide, its too much space for them, always thought it was because they've been in crowded tanks and small bowls their whole lives.
It really all depends on you and how much space you have and how much money you want to spend though
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-31-2012, 09:26 AM
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I'm not so sure about that... I think if the tank has enough decor/places to hide then a Betta can be happy. Mine hardly ever hides except for when he sleeps, otherwise he is cruising his (8Gal) tank quite happily. (He does share with others, but perhaps it's because of this that he doesn't mind the bigger tank)

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I'm not so sure about that... I think if the tank has enough decor/places to hide then a Betta can be happy. Mine hardly ever hides except for when he sleeps, otherwise he is cruising his (8Gal) tank quite happily. (He does share with others, but perhaps it's because of this that he doesn't mind the bigger tank)
I'm not trying to say that Every betta is going to be stresse by being in a large tank by themselves, every betta is different so that'd be kind of stupid for me to say, But in my experience, when betta's are by themselves, without any tank mates they feel stressed in tanks larger than 5 gallons.

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I wouldn't try to put the Betta in the Tetra tank.

BUT a 5g is not minimum size for a betta, they are usually very happy in a 2.5-5. In my experience when they are in anything bigger than a 5 they get nervous and want to hide, its too much space for them, always thought it was because they've been in crowded tanks and small bowls their whole lives.
It really all depends on you and how much space you have and how much money you want to spend though
I'm afraid that is not true, these fish do not live in puddles in nature despite popular belief. They live in rice patties which for all intents and purposes is a pond/small lake. They do prefer shallow water rather than deep. If the rice patties dry up, forming puddles, they will jump out in search of larger space.

While they are not by themselves, they also do not get stressed by being alone. In fact, whenever they encounter another they will fight to the death or until one leaves.

It is possible to keep a Betta alive in small volumes of water, but that is not ideal for them. One could also say a human only needs the space of a closet to survive, but the quality of life would not be very good.
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