Quick question about compatability
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » Quick question about compatability

Quick question about compatability

This is a discussion on Quick question about compatability within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> 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 ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Neon Tetra
Neon Tetra
Black-Winged Hatchetfish
Black-Winged Hatchetfish
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Quick question about compatability
Old 09-09-2010, 08:28 PM   #1
 
Salix's Avatar
 
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.


~Salix~
Salix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2010, 08:51 PM   #2
 
Romad's Avatar
 
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.
Romad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2010, 09:13 PM   #3
 
Salix's Avatar
 
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.
Salix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2010, 10:19 PM   #4
 
tanker's Avatar
 
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.
tanker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2010, 10:32 PM   #5
 
Salix's Avatar
 
I'll consider that. I think it would be cool, though, once I get it planted to see some little tetras swimming around.
Salix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2010, 12:10 AM   #6
 
Byron's Avatar
 
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).
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Compatability Question - Sengal Bichir, Opaline Gourami, Red Belly Pacu? worsethanzombies Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 04-04-2010 12:08 AM
Quick Fish Compatability Question cheesebread4 Freshwater and Tropical Fish 2 03-22-2009 08:52 AM
Quick Fish Compatability Question cheesebread4 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 10 03-21-2009 11:08 PM
Compatability Question tyffpostlethwait Cichlids 2 01-31-2009 09:50 PM
Fish compatability question! RipPanther1 Cyprinids and Atherinids 7 07-22-2008 11:27 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:48 PM.