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post #11 of 16 Old 08-12-2011, 07:40 AM
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Before moving them, you need to make sure the new tank is cycled. There are a few ways to do this and there are articles on the site(I'd post them here but I'm on my phone). Once that is done, transferring should be easy.

Be warned, not all betta like tankmates. It depends on their personality. It seems like you have not had any issues so far, but a fishes personality could always change, especially if your moving him to a new tank. Some say put the tetra in first for a day so they are there before the betta gets there for territory reasons.

As mentioned above, bigger is usually better, however you could keep the betta in the 4.5g. I have mine by himself in a 5 with live plants and he loves it. Then you could try to add more with the tetra in the 65l. either way, make sure the tank is cycled.
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-12-2011, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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yeah I'm going to add him last and keep the small tank runing just in case he has any issues with the new tank. He is docile enough and has only recently seemed frustrated with the tank mates , just flaring and seeing them off from his den ( helmet shaped ornament) im putting this down to it being a bit cramped as of late.
Hopefully they should all adjust well to the new tank Im going to transfew a few ornaments after a few days of treating the filter of the new tank and test the water after 4 days to ensure everything is fine.

17L Tank 1
Treize - Blue, red, purple,green betta.
The Guys- Pristella (6)
17L Tank 2 (the hotel)
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post #13 of 16 Old 08-12-2011, 11:43 AM
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A Betta (i.e., Siamese Fighting Fish species) should not be housed with other fish, except perhaps some substrate fish. Betta sometimes take a dislike to certain fish, due to the colours, or just being naturally aggressive. In reverse, many even peaceful fish like tetra can nip the fins of Betta. Betta are slow, sedate fish and the flowing fins is quite a temptation. It is not recommended that Betta be in community aquaria. Even when no physical interaction is observed, the fish are sending out pheromones or chemical signals, and this alone can be very stressful to the other fish. Think of it as if the Tetra are all huddled together, thinking, "wow, look at those fins, wouldn't it be nice to chomp into them?" and the Betta can read their thoughts.

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post #14 of 16 Old 08-19-2011, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Ive begun moving fish from my existing tanks to the 65L this morning.
4 tetras head and tail lights i think they were called from one tank have been moved this morning seem happy enough.
how long should i wait to move the pristella across?
and how long after that to move the Betta?
Thanks for all the help so far guys.

17L Tank 1
Treize - Blue, red, purple,green betta.
The Guys- Pristella (6)
17L Tank 2 (the hotel)
Empty
65L Tank3
4 Head-tail light tetras

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Ive begun moving fish from my existing tanks to the 65L this morning.
4 tetras head and tail lights i think they were called from one tank have been moved this morning seem happy enough.
how long should i wait to move the pristella across?
and how long after that to move the Betta?
Thanks for all the help so far guys.
Give it a couple days.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-19-2011, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Cheers I jsut dont want to leave it little or to long. I just know theyre going to enjoy the new home.

17L Tank 1
Treize - Blue, red, purple,green betta.
The Guys- Pristella (6)
17L Tank 2 (the hotel)
Empty
65L Tank3
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