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post #1 of 30 Old 06-14-2012, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Can a balloon mollie be kept with a Fighter!

As the question says, I wanna know if these fish can be kept together I wanna get a balloon mollie fry and raise it. I had lots of babies and sold them and really regret not keeping one so I am going to raise one or 2. Can they be kept witha fighter?

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post #2 of 30 Old 06-14-2012, 06:28 PM
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If you mean a betta, then the answer is NO. bettas aren't community fish and can't just be kept with anything. The best way to go is a single male or bottom dewellers like cories. What are you currently keeping the betta and molly in?

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Cheers, was interested in it.

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Cheers, was interested in it.
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Don't think they have any mollies yet.
I have to second this, most betta people will tell you it's fine but I wouldn't try it..
Jayy, just wondering what's your stance on female betta in a community? (sorry for uprooting the thread).
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Don't think they have any mollies yet.
I have to second this, most betta people will tell you it's fine but I wouldn't try it..
Jayy, just wondering what's your stance on female betta in a community? (sorry for uprooting the thread).
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uhh... females can be just as aggressive as males. I say the same goes for them. You could always do a sorority, but the again stick with bottom dewellers. Yes, some bettas are more peaceful then others, but it's better to stay safe.

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post #7 of 30 Old 06-14-2012, 10:25 PM
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I have a four female betta sorority in a 55 gallon along with 2 balloon Mollies, 3 platies and 3 cories. All of them get along fine. In fact, one of the balloon Molly is the ONLY one out of the bunch who even nips at anyone. And she just barely nips--that's all. The bettas are all still young-- about 6 months old now, so I don't know if they'll remain this peaceful since I'm not sure when they start to show aggressiveness, but I would think it would have shown up by now. I only had to take one back in the beginning because she was a bully. Also, I think a BIG factor is tank size. I did my homework before getting fish, and researched a lot. I first had my sorority in a 20 gal high and they did fine, but I feel much better having them in the 55, because if someone gets too cranky,the victim can get away easier in a larger tank. Also, I have lots of "hides." 5 different types of caves (one is a coconut shell with holes drilled in it) and I'm growing a java moss pole right now in hopes it will get big enough to provide even more cover. But yes, I agree that you have to have the right personalities if you are going to have female bettas with Mollies. In other words, laid back fish, and if any become abusive, take them back and keep t rying until you get the right combination. Maybe I got lucky, I don't know.

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55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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post #8 of 30 Old 06-15-2012, 07:58 PM
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The people on this forum don't know a thing about aggressive fish..
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The people on this forum don't know a thing about aggressive fish..
Who are you referring to? Because I personally have kept bettas and know how they behave, and if I didn't I wouldn't have responded in the first place.

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The people on this forum don't know a thing about aggressive fish..
Care to elaborate? There are a lot of experienced betta keepers here.

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