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The tale of two tanks; can platys and bettas live together?
Old 06-02-2014, 12:43 AM   #1
 
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The tale of two tanks; can platys and bettas live together?

I have a few tanks set up now, one with a male betta and snail, one with greenwater, one with a female betta, and one with a 7-month old platy.
The female betta and baby platy are the fish in question here. The betta named Bandit for her black "mask" over her eyes lives in solitary in a 5g tank. The platy named Hickory lives, as of today, on his own in a 10g tank. Both are small fish. Hickory has been known to nip at snails, but never at other fish like his and brothers and sisters and "aunt". I haven't had Bandit long enough to tell her personality. Can they coexist?

Two birds with one stone? If you can foresee any issues between my fish, please let me know and perhaps tell me what I should keep with them seperately.

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Old 06-02-2014, 09:47 AM   #2
 
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Certainly! They are very compatible, especially for females. Even males would be fine as Platies really don't care about the Bettas. The Betta may be curious about them and she may be aggressive, I've had enough females to know each one is different as are the males. Throw them together and just watch is all, but I'm sure they'll be just fine!
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:51 AM   #3
 
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Certainly! They are very compatible, especially for females. Even males would be fine as Platies really don't care about the Bettas. The Betta may be curious about them and she may be aggressive, I've had enough females to know each one is different as are the males. Throw them together and just watch is all, but I'm sure they'll be just fine!
I have to go to the petstore today to return something and bring one of my cats to the vet (she's fine) and was planning on maybe getting a Cory or some other fish, if I put them all in the 10g, is that a good idea? Or too much for one day?
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:55 AM   #4
 
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Cories need a school of at least 5 and most are too big for your tank as they can be very active little fish! You could get a school of 5 Corydoras Habrosus if you find them around, they are sold as Dainty Cories or sometimes Dwarf Cories. Pygmy cories would be fine as well as they are also very small. Corydoras Julii could be okay, you could have 3-4 but all the same with cories you preferably want sand substrate so their barbels don't get hurt in the gravel.

What is in the 10 gallon right now?
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:01 AM   #5
 
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Cories need a school of at least 5 and most are too big for your tank as they can be very active little fish! You could get a school of 5 Corydoras Habrosus if you find them around, they are sold as Dainty Cories or sometimes Dwarf Cories. Pygmy cories would be fine as well as they are also very small. Corydoras Julii could be okay, you could have 3-4 but all the same with cories you preferably want sand substrate so their barbels don't get hurt in the gravel.

What is in the 10 gallon right now?
My little Hickory is in the 10 now, gravel, plastic plants, silk plants, rocks, and a bridge.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:02 AM   #6
 
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Okay, you have room for maybe a small shoal of cories with the Betta. Or you could add more male platies, 3-4 total will be alright. Platies are large poopers so you'll just have to definitely do your weekly gravel cleaning to keep the tank looking nice lol.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:15 AM   #7
 
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Okay, you have room for maybe a small shoal of cories with the Betta. Or you could add more male platies, 3-4 total will be alright. Platies are large poopers so you'll just have to definitely do your weekly gravel cleaning to keep the tank looking nice lol.
As an alternative to the Corys, I was thinking a gold twinbar Platy, some ghost shrimp, and maybe a glass catfish. Good idea? (In addition to the betta)
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As an alternative to the Corys, I was thinking a gold twinbar Platy, some ghost shrimp, and maybe a glass catfish. Good idea? (In addition to the betta)
Nevermind, just read more about the catfish.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:56 AM   #9
 
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lol yeah, almost all catfish need groups other than the Syno cat family, they usually like to be solo. But all the corydoras and aspidoras need groups to be happy.

Just make sure you get all males or all females unless you want babies (I don't suggest mixing genders for a small tank like that of course )
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:59 AM   #10
 
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lol yeah, almost all catfish need groups other than the Syno cat family, they usually like to be solo. But all the corydoras and aspidoras need groups to be happy.

Just make sure you get all males or all females unless you want babies (I don't suggest mixing genders for a small tank like that of course )
Yeah, Hickory is a product of a large school of free fish... Bought his mom pregnant.
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