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Old 03-20-2011, 12:40 PM   #1
 
New Fish!

Tank Cycled! Woooo.

Meet Vahagan (crowntail betta) and Newman (bristlenose pleco)



I used to keep a Betta in a bowl...I had no idea how active they would be with some space to swim in!

Still trying to think of some other guys to put in the tank as well. I was told at the fish store that I could add some cories and maybe some 'calmer' tetras or a pair of rams without having aggression problems between everyone.
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:50 PM   #2
 
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I love Bettas & have them in a number of larger tanks. Platies are very friendly. I have a few tanks with that mix. I also have a 40 gal with Threadfin Rainbows & a Betta. One time I put a betta in with platies and the betta started chasing them - I swapped bettas (I have about 10 betta tanks, 5 gallons) & put a different one in with the platties and they get along great. I guess what I am trying to say, it really does depend on the temperment of the fish. LOL
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:21 PM   #3
 
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Your betta looks great! Congrats on the upgrade!

I am wondering what size tank you have. I cannot recomend platies, or any kind of live-bearer, as I learned from experience that many of these fish will not hesitate to nip at bettas fins, and bettas can also be abit annoyed and snap back.

I have never heard of Bolivian Rams and bettas. I wouldn't, even though BR are a relatively peaceful cichlid, mixing a possibily unheard-of combination of 2 semi-aggressive fish doesn't sound like something I would risk.

I think it would be easier to decide tank mates once we knew what size the tank was.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:15 PM   #4
 
Thanks! He is a pretty happy dude...

I've got a 20 gallon long. pH is 7.8 (API Freshwater test kit reading).
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:22 PM   #5
 
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Thanks! He is a pretty happy dude...

I've got a 20 gallon long. pH is 7.8 (API Freshwater test kit reading).
That sounds good. Unfortunately, a pH of 7.8 is too high for most/if not all tetra, barb, rasbora, gourami (never put gourami with bettas), rams & other South American Cichlids, etc.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:26 PM   #6
 
Hmmm...maybe I will just go with some cories and danios.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:01 PM   #7
 
go for it
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:10 PM   #8
 
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Hmmm...maybe I will just go with some cories and danios.
I am so sorry, I forgot to mention that most, if not all danios are soft water fish that prefer a lower pH.

Corydoras are great! Make sure to get at least 5 of the same kind if you do one species, or 3 of each species if you do more than one species. Albino and Bronze count as the same species.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:18 PM   #9
 
I now have 4 albino cories happily floating in their bag in the tank. Well...they don't look very happy yet. They will be when they are out of the bag. They were a lively bunch at the store (soooo nice that it is literally 4 blocks away), so I went with it. I guess I could buy another tomorrow to make 5.

From some other posts I have read, it looks like it is more important that the water stay at a stable pH than the exact pH. I mention this b/c the store is right down the road and they use the exact same water that I am using, which means that all of their fish are currently adjusted to life at a higher pH. I asked the employees, and they seemed to think it would be fine. Opinions?
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:20 PM   #10
 
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No rams with bettas...the rams are too finny and flashy and can easily be mistaken for another male betta.

I have otos, an ADF, and neons with my male betta.

I agree with the no livebearer comment, as they do tend to nip, and the large sailfins on mollies and the flashy tails on guppies can be mistaken for other bettas.

If you go with tetras, make sure they arent nippers. Barbs, such as cherries, or some rasboras would work if they fit your water.

And it is very true that each Betta is his own and may or may not fit into a community, even if other tankmates are carefully picked.
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