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Old 01-14-2010, 01:38 PM   #1
 
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Question Tank mate for Betta

If I get a 5 gallon tank with filter for a betta, are there any tank mates that I could put in with him or is 5 gallons too small for any other tank mate?
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:41 PM   #2
 
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If it's a standard 5g tank, you could probably get a school of 6 or so pygmy corydoras for the bottom. If it's something like a 5g hex, the limited floor space means you're probably better off trying shrimp or snails as tankmates. If you do get the pygmy cories, they do best with a sandy substrate.
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:49 PM   #3
 
Prob best to get a female for him thats about it as the only fish that really get on with a male betta are usually coloney fish that need to be kept in groups of 5 or more and the tank is too small
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:38 PM   #4
 
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If it's a standard 5g tank, you could probably get a school of 6 or so pygmy corydoras for the bottom. If it's something like a 5g hex, the limited floor space means you're probably better off trying shrimp or snails as tankmates. If you do get the pygmy cories, they do best with a sandy substrate.
Def +1 right there. Either small Cory or shrimp
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:52 PM   #5
 
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Hmm, I love cories but they don't tend to do well in my 55g so i'm not sure I want to try them in a 5 gallon. Perhaps it's my water, I don't know. I love the shrimp idea. Never had them. Not even sure if my LFS carries them. Would a simple snail work? I don't have any in my 55g.
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:10 PM   #6
 
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Prob best to get a female for him thats about it as the only fish that really get on with a male betta are usually coloney fish that need to be kept in groups of 5 or more and the tank is too small
I don't know where you heard this but anyone who breeds bettas will tell you that even breeding bettas can result in two very battered fish. Females can be kept in a sorority of 6 or more but putting a male & female together is about as safe as putting two males together.

In my experience pygmy cories are rarely happy even in schools of 6 but what concerns me more is that I have seen bettas eat fish under an inch on length before. And pygs are TINY.

I think that in a 5g a handful of ghost shrimp or a pair of zebra snails would be your two best bets.
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:01 PM   #7
 
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I would never put two bettas together in a 5 gallon. Considering I don't know where i'd get the shrimp from (I've never seen them at my LFS) I like the idea of the snails. Two you think? What do they eat?
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:15 PM   #8
 
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What's you water parameters? (since you said about the cory in your 55g)?

Any poor sorted Petsmart/ Petco sells ghost shrimp these days (prop just ask, often you'll walk past the tank w/out seeing them lol)
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:47 PM   #9
 
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I would never put two bettas together in a 5 gallon. Considering I don't know where i'd get the shrimp from (I've never seen them at my LFS) I like the idea of the snails. Two you think? What do they eat?
They eat just about anything, but ideally their food should be mostly plant matter and have some calcium in it to help with shell growth. What's your pH? I wouldn't keep snails in water with a less than neutral pH, as it will erode their shells.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:06 PM   #10
 
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can you get 2-3 females in a 10 gal and some bottom feeders? and other comunity fish? even a 20 gallon with swordtails and zebra donios(something like that)
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