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post #1 of 6 Old 09-09-2010, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Quick question about compatability

Yesterday while at the pet store I purchased a Betta for my 10 gallon tank. I've read in the fish profile section of this website that they like having other fish in the tanks with them instead of living alone. What other types of fish are ok to keep with Bettas? Like I said I've only had him for a day but he seems pretty shy and laid back. Every time I walk into the room he hides behind the filter and it takes him a minute or two to come out and even when I fed him he waited for me to step back from the tank before he would come out to eat.

Someone suggested putting in some guppies since they're small enough for a ten gallon tank but I'm afraid the colorful flashy tails of a guppy will provoke an attack. Does anyone out there have a Betta living peacefully with other fish and if so what kind are they? Thank you for your time.

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-09-2010, 07:51 PM
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Give your betta a few days (some take longer) to get acclimated to his tank and new home.

Imagine how you'd feel coming out of that little cup or bowl and then put in more space than you've ever seen in your lifetime. He prolly doesn't know what to make of it yet but will love it soon.

Give him some hiding spots and silk plants or smooth plastic ones so he can feel secure.

As for tankmates, I would stay away from guppies because of those tempting tails.

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-09-2010, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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If I do end up getting him some roomies it won't be a for a couple of weeks, so he'll have plenty of time to adjust. There are some fake smooth plastic plants in the tank and he does hide behind those, but when he gets scared by a sudden movement he'll go behind the filter. I guess he just feels safer back there. And I will definitely not be adding guppies because of those tails.

I've heard of some people putting neon tetras in with their Bettas, is this ok? At the moment the pH is a little higher than suggested for neon tetras; it's at about 7.4. I used to have other fish in this tank before they were moved to a bigger one, so I'm sure the pH will lower now that it's just a Betta and not four platies.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-09-2010, 09:19 PM
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I've got an apple snail in with each of my bettas and they get along ok, but you've got more room than I do. You might consider dividing the tank and getting a second betta.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-09-2010, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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I'll consider that. I think it would be cool, though, once I get it planted to see some little tetras swimming around.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-09-2010, 11:10 PM
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Not sure which profile you were reading, but betta in my view are lone fish. "Small" fish of any species will likely be eaten. And "larger" shoaling fish will likely nip the betta's fins, or be too active. Bottom fish work, corydoras, a BN pleco (small species only).

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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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