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post #11 of 21 Old 01-28-2014, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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I like the beta sorority and snail idea...Say I get a sorority of beta… would shrimp, aquatic frogs or similar aquatics work? any other fish get along with them? I have decided against livebearing, as I think in a small tank it might get overpopulated. The pet stores here aren't awesome so there isn't often a large selection of snails. Would any cleaner fish thrive in such a small tank? I love catfish.
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post #12 of 21 Old 01-28-2014, 11:19 PM
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I'd plant heavily for sure. I'd be wary of shrimp or frogs, since female bettas can be as aggressive as males, and it really depends on individual betta personalities. My only idea in a tank that small would be 4-6 female betta, and maaaaaaybe two Otto's, after the tank has been up for quite some time,
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post #13 of 21 Old 01-29-2014, 07:15 PM
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I would deffinitely be careful of how many females you try to crowd in such a small space. they may not fight like males but they still prefer their elbow room. does you lfs have ghost shrimp? they tend to live well with bettas
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post #14 of 21 Old 01-29-2014, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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I would deffinitely be careful of how many females you try to crowd in such a small space. they may not fight like males but they still prefer their elbow room. does you lfs have ghost shrimp? they tend to live well with bettas
great tagline there crazy4fish. I am going to look for some females tomorrow. I was thinking 3 max. If they don't have any I was considering a male and a tank divider with some neons (6) or platys (3) on the other side.
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Four would be better, spread the aggression out. And I don't think the divider is a good idea with neons. They need swimming space. A male and neon tetras could work though

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post #16 of 21 Old 01-30-2014, 04:55 AM
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I've always read that even numbers of betta girls work best, but it's up to you. The number of girls in a 10 gal is 3 to 5 according to the experts. They do best if they are all added at the same time and about same size/age. VT are statistically less aggressive than CT. They are usually the unlabeled girls. If they're out, ask your LFS if they can order some for you. Good luck
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post #17 of 21 Old 01-30-2014, 10:23 PM
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I would try 1 Betta (preferably the calmer Delta Tail or Veiltail) and 4-5 Neon Tetras.
Or you could put like 6 guppies in there, it really depends on what fish you like.
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I've always read that even numbers of betta girls work best, but it's up to you. The number of girls in a 10 gal is 3 to 5 according to the experts. They do best if they are all added at the same time and about same size/age. VT are statistically less aggressive than CT. They are usually the unlabeled girls. If they're out, ask your LFS if they can order some for you. Good luck
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If you have less than 4 female bettas in a tank, the bettas will form a hierarchy and bully one or two specific bettas. I think in a 10 gal, you should only be able to fit 3 or 4...

Well, for bettas I think that a lot are more tame than others, it depends on the fish too.
- Veiltail (calm)
- Delta Tail (calm)
- Crowntail (very aggressive)
- Plakat (very aggressive)
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I dont think tail types have anything to do with aggression. Maybe certain fish bred by certain people are.

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Actually, it does DJ. It's well documented online. I've only personally read up on CT and VT as that's all my LFS carries, but the articles all line up and personal accounts on betta forums of sororities follow the pattern. I totally agree about the Neons needing swim space. They are hyper little buggers!

Neons are a bad idea Poleren. They are fin nippers and in a 10 gallon, they will really harass a betta. Not only have I read up on it, I have first hand experience with it. They are cool little guys but they don't need to be in with anything with significant finage in my opinion. I think guppies would be fun. They are one of the reasons I envy people with harder water. They just look so cool! Would she need to space out adding all of them to avoid a mini cycle or can it handle 6 at one time? And thanks for breaking down the fin types. I never knew where plaket and delta fell. Is there anything out there on EE or HM?

Have you decided what you're getting yet Far? Did you find out your water hardness?
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