Originally Posted by Elliriyanna
My fish lives alone other than his snail I am just still doing research I know a Betta's natural habits ... And I would not say I am teasing the fish at all...
I had originally planned 3 ADF to be in the tank but that seemed problematic as well.
I do believe that SOME Betta can be kept in community tanks so that is just a difference in beliefs ... Not a matter of my fish choices
It sounds as if you may have missed my point, so permit me to explain if I can.
Each species of fish has specific inherent behaviours and traits that we absolutely cannot change. These behaviours/traits will be seen in the majority of the species, so they are known as the norm for that species. Ichthyologists studying a species over decades have been able to identify these, and we use them as our guides before acquiring any fish. There is no other way to predict the probable outcome.
An individual fish may not stay within this norm, just as a dog may be different from the norm for its breed, or people come to that. The Boston bombing is a prime example; the norm do not engage in such actions, but there is a (thankfully) small percentage of the race that do not follow the norm.
The problem is, that none of us knows if this fish or that fish is going to be different, or if it is going to stay "normal." The wise aquarist assumes the norm for the species, and doesn't test (not tease, test which was the word you used initially), simply because the "odd" fish is less likely to be encountered.
Many aquarists have no idea of the amount of stress they subject their fish too when the "norm" is not provided for. This doesn't mean that aquarist "A" may not have apparent success going against the norm; but it does mean that it is taking a big risk with not only the Betta but the tetra [in this specific case]. It is better to assume the norm. And as I said, we cannot change this, ever. Why a particular fish when placed in un-natural surroundings does not react normally is something we do not fully uinderstand, but we do know it causes stress. And if you read the article I liknked, you will appreciate how dangerous a risk that is for any fish.
Hope this makes a bit more sense.