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post #1 of 29 Old 09-16-2009, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
Question can pictus catfish live with female bettas safely?

i have a 55 gallon tank with 10 female bettas and am curious if it would be ok to get a pictus or two, or maybe some of the redtailed sharks...instead of typical corys

anyone have any opinions?
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post #2 of 29 Old 09-16-2009, 03:05 PM
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Yes you can i would do 3 they like shool.
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post #3 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 08:51 AM
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What are the updates, Christina? I disagree with Mollies. I would advise against combining the likes of pictus catfish espcially with their gaping mouths with bettas. Cories or bristlenose plecos are a much better choice than pictus catfish.

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post #4 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
well ioroginally had black mollies in with my sorority. they all got along well.but, ive since taken them out, they are in what will be my community tank, my 65 gallon.

ive decided to add a few pictus with my bettas, i believe they will do fine. if they arent then i will put them in another tank i have.

i havent added them yet, when i do, ill post how their all getting along.

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It doesn't sound like a good combination to me. I've got a pictus and they are nocturnal feeders. Once the lights are out he comes out of his cave and begins voraciously cruising the tank. Anything smaller than his mouth is down the hatch. While you may be okay keeping juveniles with your female bettas it'll never last long term.
Where do female bettas rest during the night? I know my male betta perches himself on the substrate for the evening. If I had a pictus in the tank with him he'd never get a restful night's sleep.
How many pictus were you planning on keeping??

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post #6 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
yes, i was thinking about the sleep patters after i posted before. sounds like i need to stick with corys. what about the bristlenose as suggested erlier? how big do they get? their not like the everyday plecos in the stores are they? they get huge and frankly, they give me the willies. just the thought of sticking my hand into a tank with one of those freaks me out to no end

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12 CrownTail
7 HalfMoon
5 DeltaTail
4 DoubleTail
3 Veil Tail


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2 - 20 gallon
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16 - 1.5-2 gallon

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post #7 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 11:00 AM
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I've got an albino bristle and she has topped out at 3 1/2", not scary at all
I *believe* the largest size a "regular" bristle achieves is somewhere between 4 to 6 inches, depending on male or female.
My bristle is very mellow and doesn't bother anyone in the tank. She's pretty shy and nocturnal so I really only see her once the regular lighting kicks off and the moonlights come on.
I love the idea of cories. They are such cute, comical little fish.

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post #8 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
i love the cories too, im going to get those for my community tank. i was just trying to think of something interesting and different for the sorority tank :)

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12 CrownTail
7 HalfMoon
5 DeltaTail
4 DoubleTail
3 Veil Tail


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2 - 20 gallon
4 - 10 gallon
16 - 1.5-2 gallon

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post #9 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 11:26 AM
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I agree with aunt kymmie. Bristlenose Plecos are very peaceful. In fact, they can be quite shy. Even if my bristlenoses (I have a breeding pair! Yay!) are already used to me and come out when I'm looking, when I make a sudden movement they go scampering to their hiding places. My male is at around 4 1/2 inches while the female is now close to hitting 4".

They are only similar in shape to the common pleco. Size and temperament are opposites! hehe.

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post #10 of 29 Old 09-24-2009, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
the reg. plecos freak me out. im serious, i go into the stores and wherever their tank is, you can seem me slither backwards away from them. the hairs on my arms stand up, ive almost gone into panic attacks when ive been "surprised" by them in a tank. i have no idea why, lol
i know i must be quite comical to watch when i see them ugh

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12 CrownTail
7 HalfMoon
5 DeltaTail
4 DoubleTail
3 Veil Tail


44 Betta Females
Round, Crown, Spade

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35 gallon
2 - 20 gallon
4 - 10 gallon
16 - 1.5-2 gallon

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