I'm pretty new to fish keeping but i've had my freshwater tank for probably almost a year... close to it.
At first I just had a betta and I like him so I bought a 45 gallon tank and what not and now i've come to this point with that tank.
I have (the fish I care about)
Rainbow Shark (Red Fin Shark)
Male Betta (The oldest fish)
Bala Shark (Just got about 3 hours ago)
2 Big ol' Placostimus? The suckers
2 Something catfish that mostly just hide under my fake log.
Then about 18 new little white something fishys that were cheap (1.44 a dozen)
3 something tetras and 1 other wierd fish i forgot the name of
All the above fish are the ones I dont care about and there more for food than anything...
I bought the Red Fin thinking it would get kinda big kinda fast... well it hasn't so I bought the Bala Shark today cuz I know they get alot bigger than Red Fins... I think...
The questions I have are this...
1. My Betta was nibbled on by I think my Red Fin and i'm wondering if he's still sick or something or if it's just still a healing injury (once I noticed he got nibbled I took him out for about a week or so to heal)
2. Will my Bala and Red Fin fight, get along nicely, or just plain eat eachother?
3. What can I do to make the tank a little more.... fun?
I want to have a predator tank more or less but I havn't switched to Marine yet (it's like 500-750 for all the equiptment I want) so is there a better shark species or some other species that will be a good predator yet not eat my betta? Cuz I really like him (he was a gift... my first fishy). Or should I just take him out and make my 45 gal a predator only tank. I have a smaller 20 gallon that will be empty soon (we hold our goldfish from our pond that are still alive during winter)
So heres the pictures... Any advice is greatly appreciated.
This is the betta... Is he still sick or is it just injury from a couple weeks ago that isn't going to heal anymore.
The new Bala Shark (Put in 3 hours ago so he's still kinda shy... but he's warmin up to the tank now)
The Red Fin Shark, he's REALLY fast so it's hard to get a good shot...
The Red Fin and the Bala hangin out at the bottom of the tank...
Left Side of Tank
Right Side of Tank
Any help, advice, tips, anything... Is Greatly Appreciated. Thank you.
EDIT: BTW The Betta when it was first bought was almost completely blue, more of a light/dark blue mix... Now he has alot of discoloring especially in the fins. So I think he may still be sick or something.