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Old 09-12-2009, 10:09 PM   #11
 
If you want more than one betta, have alook at females. They can be ket together without issue and while the finnage is less showy, the colors can be wonderful
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:45 AM   #12
 
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If you want more than one betta, have alook at females. They can be ket together without issue and while the finnage is less showy, the colors can be wonderful
I've thought about this, but I don't really want the fish my tank attempting to breed. If i have female bettas in the tank, will the bettas try to breed?

Welp, i bought my tank. I got the store and they had a 30 gallon kit sitting next to the 20 gallon kit for not that much more. I couldn't help myself, haha, I got the 30 gallon. I got some sand, rinsed it a number of times and put it in, looks pretty good so far. I'll post some pictures after i get the rest of the decorations in it.
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:01 AM   #13
 
No the females won't breed because you would need to keep a male with them. And males cannot be kept with females, until they are ready to breed. So unless you add a male betta to the mix, your females will probably end up dead not pregnant.
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No the females won't breed because you would need to keep a male with them. And males cannot be kept with females, until they are ready to breed. So unless you add a male betta to the mix, your females will probably end up dead not pregnant.
Whops. Duh. I didn't make that out correctly the first time I looked at his suggestion for female bettas.
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Old 09-14-2009, 04:53 PM   #15
 
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I have several times kept a single male Betta with other fish. I currently have a Crown Betta with three Glofish, an Oto, and 1 male and 1 female Fancy tail Guppy and they are fine together in a 10 gallon tank. I had 3 Cory cats in there also but this weekend I moved them into my 44 gallon tank.
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:53 PM   #16
 
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Congrats on the 30 gal tank! That size tank will give you many options on fish to keep.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:30 PM   #17
 
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Gregg's Place - 29 gallon Freshwater fish tank

Pics are up. The close up pictures of the fish are a little blurry, I've got a cheap camera, and I'm still learning it.

I've started the tank out with 6 Tiger Barb. I'm gonna add some more to it every week or so. I'm planning on adding some cory cats, a pleco, a snail(gregg), maybe some molly, and a male betta.

Thanks for the tips! The fish have been in for about 4 days and they seem to be happy. They're swimming around, eating, and not being lethargic! I'm a little worried about the hard water though. I live in the city and have little access to anything else besides tap water. I'm getting GH readings of 150, and my tester says that's hard water, not very hard, just hard. The water seems to be leaving a slight hard water film on the walls of the tank, annoying, but I can still wipe it off with just my hand, so it's not staining, yet. Tips?
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:16 PM   #18
 
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I do realize that tiger barbs and male bettas could be aggressive towards other fish at this point. However, I'm hoping that if i keep the tiger barbs in a large enough school and provide the tank with plenty of hiding places that it will work out. I'm going to add more rocks to what you can already see in the tank, and I have about 8 plants growing in the tank(Nymphaea lilly, and hybrid aponogeton).
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:41 AM   #19
 
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Tigers and bettas? Even in a large school tigers are much too active and their movement alone would stress a betta. Those long flowing fins would just be too tempting. If it were me (and it's not) I'd never subject a betta to sharing quarters with tigers.
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Old 10-17-2009, 01:39 AM   #20
 
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Tigers and bettas? Even in a large school tigers are much too active and their movement alone would stress a betta. Those long flowing fins would just be too tempting. If it were me (and it's not) I'd never subject a betta to sharing quarters with tigers.
Yeah, I do see your point. That's kinda how I felt too, until i went to the pet store. The person working in the fish section at my local pet store told me they would be fine under the right conditions (lots of plants, plenty of space, school size, etc.) They even had a number of betta tanks with a variety of fish in them, and they didn't seem to be fighting with each other so I took their word for it. In the end I decided I would give it a try, but I am prepared to separate the betta completely if I see that they fight. I'll migrate him to smaller tank, or just take him back. Wish me luck!

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