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Old 02-08-2009, 04:21 PM   #11
 
If I was adding tankmates for bettas, I'd go with cories. :) But only if I had the proper sized tank.
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:50 PM   #12
 
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If I was adding tankmates for bettas, I'd go with cories. :) But only if I had the proper sized tank.
i don't think cories can have only 5 gallons...
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:53 PM   #13
 
Yea only had tanks for 2 weeks i think...
The plastic plants aren't sharp, and the only ones the store down here carries...
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:22 PM   #14
 
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not if the tanks dividers aren't clear, and I said one platy. that would give each betta a 5g tank with a platy. that would be alright. Cody, have you ever kept bettas? I have!
I have had plenty of bettas. Also wrote most of the betta sticky and FAQ on this forum, just for the record.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:35 PM   #15
 
Bettas ARE solitary fish but it has a lot to do with their individual personalities whether or not they can have tankmates. Some do very well with tankmates and others just can't tolerate anything in their tank.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:37 PM   #16
 
I wouldn't dare put anything with Surimi, since he is so high strung anyways, and freaks if i turn on a light in the room, so another fish would freak him out more i suspect
But Sushi would probably fine. he is more laid back and chill, loves attention, people, and doesn't frighten easily, but doesn't flare much either...
and if i do end up getting one, there will be colored dividers, i am quite aware of that problem
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:33 AM   #17
 
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And are those plastic plants? Those could rip the betta's fins. Silk plants are a good alternative.
wtf, I've had betta's for years. plastic plants are fine.

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Maintenance:

A betta needs some sort of maintenance, as would any other fish. They are not "magic fish" and can take care of themselves. Here is a list to insure the best care of your betta in which you, the owner, must provide.

1) Weekly Water changes. A filter cannot take out everything in the water. Would you like to live in your own poop? This is why bettas need regular water changes.
A betta tank should never need 100% water changes unless working with medications. Too drastic of a change in water params can cause illness and death to any fish. Bettas can withstand more than the average tropical fish, and 50% changes are good for them if done frequently enough. The smaller the tank size the more frequent the water changes should be done. Anything under 2.5 gallons should have a 50% change every other day. 2.5 and more should have 50% changes at least twice/wk. If a filter is running in the tank, 50% changes once/wk are usually plenty.
2) Testing Water. You need to keep an eye out for your bettas water paramaters. Water params are nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, pH, and water hardness. A good liquid test kit will help determine what is in the water. Ammonia and nitrite should be at 0, and nitrates under 20. The pH level should be between 6-7.5. If any levels seem wrong, do a water change to get clean water in the tank.
You can tell Cody knows alot about betta's, he clearly says in his guide..."they CAN take care of themselves"

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Old 02-09-2009, 12:57 AM   #18
 
I don't think Cody meant that they can literally take care of themselves. Thats why he put together these maintainance guidelines.I think he meant that you can't just put them in a tank and forget about them and I think he meant that they need care like any other fish.
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:12 PM   #19
 
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I don't think Cody meant that they can literally take care of themselves. Thats why he put together these maintainance guidelines.I think he meant that you can't just put them in a tank and forget about them and I think he meant that they need care like any other fish.
He meant "can't" giving him bs because he's been hard on people in this thread :)
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