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post #1 of 10 Old 07-31-2009, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Betta tank set up

I had a betta fish in my 100ltr planted community tank - but had to separate him as I caught him nipping the honey gourami. My last betta was obviously more peaceful as he behaved well with all the fish in there.

Anyways, he's in a temporary 2 gallon tank for now, and I've just bought a 43 gallon bookshelf tank with artificial decor, which I'm cycling now.
I transferred some of the water and filter media and three zebra danios out of my planted tank to give it a head start, but will monitor the readings until it's cycled properly.

Question1. I don't want my betta to be lonely when I transfer him, so what are the best tankmates for him?

Question 2. The PH reading is too high for my liking (7.8). My planted tank reads 6.8 - 7.0 but that's because of teh CO2 and plants in there, I guess. My tap water is 7.8 also. How do i bring this down without putting real plants in there?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-31-2009, 10:53 PM
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1) Bettas do not get lonely and are better alone.

2) A pH of 7.0 is fine for bettas.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-31-2009, 11:05 PM
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Cody is right on; bettas don't get lonely. If you must have tankmates (like I do ) you have the best chance with bottom dwellers. I've had excellent success with otos & cories (pygmy version). I'm lucky in that my betta has zero, none, zilch interest in anything that cruises the bottom of the tank.

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-31-2009, 11:34 PM
I agree with Cody and Aunt Kymmie. Bettas are solitary fish and don't get lonely.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-01-2009, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the quick responses.

Firsly, I goofed...I meant 43 LITREs not gallons . I think that's about 13 US gallons. (Even my first and main planted tank is not as big as 43 gallons (I wish!!). Being a Brit, i try to steer clear of gallons because for some maniac reason - we & the Americans can't agree on what a gallon amounts to. I know.....I should stick to my principles and kept on thinking in litres.

Also, the PH is 7.8........the smiley jumped in there and obliterated the .8 in my post.

I do have about 5 peppered cories and 3 albinos in my main tank. Maybe I'll transfer some of the peppered ones over when the tank is ready. The shape of the tank is long and shallow - 29" x 9" x 8" (L X W X H). I was actually thinking of putting a mess divider half way at some stage and introducing another betta on the otehr side. I saw this on a forum (can't remember where) so that's what gave me the idea. What are your views on this, please??

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-01-2009, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Just out of curiosity............how does anyone know a Betta does not get lonely???? Hmmm.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-01-2009, 12:20 PM
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Because I asked mine and he told me.
In the wild they live solitarily and are very territorial which would tell me that they prefer to be alone. That's the general consensus, anyway.

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Because I asked mine and he told me.
that made me chuckel.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-01-2009, 03:19 PM
lol.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-02-2009, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Aunt Kymmie..........off now to strike up a meaningful conversation with my Betta :) I'll let you know if he disagrees !!!
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