What are good tankmates for bettas in a 10 gallon tank? I was thinking about these fish-
Threadfin Rainbow Fish (with female)
Red Lizard Whiptail
Pristella tetras (with female)
Costello/January Tetra (with female)
Banded Dwarf Loach (with female)
Male Guppies (with female)
Note: not allof the fish mentioned will be with a betta, thye are just ideas.
Threadfin Rainbow Fish (with female) - females can be just as nasty as males. I don't think these are a good choice.
Bristlenose Pleco - tried and true; works great
Red Lizard Whiptail - another loriicarid, should work with betta, too.
Pristella tetras (with female) - these can be kept with males, too, but they should be kept in sufficient shoals to prevent any nipping; with betta I usually suggest 10+ individuals
Costello/January Tetra (with female) - see above comment
Eyespot Rasbora - could work, but due to it's small size and shy nature, it should be maintained in 10+ groups
Banded Dwarf Loach (with female) - would work with males, too, but should be maintained in 10+ groups to account for shyness
Male Guppies (with female) - these I do not recommend; females can be just as aggressive as males; if you want guppies, go with the less colorful female guppies.
Betta really are not community fish, so any other species is a risk from the start. Substrate fish are generally left alone, but this cannot be assured either. And the trouble can occur two ways.
The Betta may take a dislike to the other fish for various reasons, and if they are small--such as any linear fish like the tetra and rasbora mentioned, they may be eaten, or the attempt will be made. I once had a Betta who ate neons easily.
Alternatively, the other fish may go after the Betta. Betta are sedate fish with very extended fins, and this is quite a temptation for small characins and cyprinids.
It may not always occur, but either of the above occurs the majority of the time. Even if no physical confrontation occurs, the fish are sending out chemical signals of their intentions and this can cause stress. The beautiful Betta is best left on its own.
Thanks Byron, maybe instead of the beta I'll get a dwarf gourami or 2-3 gupis instead
Not sure guppy are good with gourami... something doesn't seem right there.:roll:
Ok, i meant guppies OR gouramis... not both of them together with a small bottom feeder and maybe some ADFs or some tetras or rasboras?
Have a check of the profiles, they include minim um tank sizes.
I was tinking maybe a couple of guppies, half a dozen pristella tetras, and maybe a couple of amano shrimp.
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