11-15-2012, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by fish monger
Normally, I wouldn't recommend a betta having any fish for tank mates for fear of the betta's fins being nipped. The Plakat seems to be a horse of a different color. I would fear for the safety of fish that inhabited the same swimming zone as a Plakat. Accordingly, the corys or loaches could work out. I agree that such a tank is rather large for a betta.
Bettas have different temperaments depending upon the individual. Some won't tolerate sharing. Others are happy to share so long as they are given enough space. I disagree that that tank is "large" for a betta. Bettas are not fish that should just be crammed into small quarters because that's the popular sentiment that people often are only willing to give the poor things.
As for the OP, if your friend is intent on keeping the betta with other fish she needs to start with just a few. A small not too colorful schooling fish would be appropriate such as rasboras, and tetras with calmer temperments.
I started with a small school of rasbora in 20 gallon, and when my betta was willing to put up with that I added to the school. All fish co-exist happily and I have not had any injuries what so ever. Having a well planted tank is good for this because it breaks up line of sight.
Last edited by Sanguinefox; 11-15-2012 at 03:17 PM..