Originally Posted by neofyt05
Well, hello my friends, i'm new here so don't burn my at the stake
I've been having a male betta in a 9 gallon tank heated filtered for 1.5 year now so I learned the basics, cycling, ph/ammonia/nitrites/... reading and stuff. Recently I've been given a female betta which currently is in a 5 gallon bowl. My female one is not aggressive i can tell because my male one is evil, heh. I bought a 16 gallon tank for her and i was thinking about buying some other fish. Currently the tank is being cycled with no fish in there using water from my other tanks, so i have some time before going for fish. I went to my lfs and liked these ones:
I can't keep my betta with guppies, right? Btw all those fish need to be kept in groups. Can I buy 5 danios 6 neon and 3 corydoras? My tank is going to have lots of plants and a big driftwood. (right now is only water and gravel)
p.s. please don't suggest any other fish cause 80% i wont find them at my lfs
Well, female Bettas don't have nearly the long flowing fins that the males have and as such,the smaller tetras or guppies would not necessarily become nippy with the fins of your Betta.
If the pH of your water was much above 7.4 then I might consider a group of male guppies. Guppies would also appreciate the warmer water that Bettas like much more than the neons, and neons prefer a bit softer water with pH range between 6.2 and 7.0.
If you were to borrow some filter material from one of your other tanks,and stuff this filter material into the new filter on the 16 gal. ,,this would allow you to place your female Betta in the 16 gallon immediately.
After a week, I would add the guppies or neons (6 or eight) depending on what the pH of my water was. If water has pH above 7.4 guppies would be my choice.
There is very little benefit to using water from another tank as most of the good bacteria will be found on hard surfaces such as gravel,rocks,wood,plants,glass,and on the filter material. Water itself, will hold tiny amount of the good bacteria needed for cycling compared to the afore mentioned surfaces.
Would keep an eye on guppies if they have long flowing fins . The female Betta could turn the tables and nip at the fins of the guppies.
Would stay clear of the danios who are much too fast at grabbing food at feeding time, and could make it hard for the Betta to receive her share.
A group of four cory's could work so long as temperature was not too warm.
Most corys do far better,for far longer,in temps not much above 76 degrees F.