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graciegrapes 07-12-2008 04:58 PM

female betta with paradise fish
 
So while i was in hawaii for two weeks my boyfriend managed to kill both of our male bettas (Beast and Timmy).
Anyways, I was at Petco the other day and stumbled upon a Paradise Gourami. I'd always wanted to keep gourami's, and since he was pretty cheap (only 1.50) I went ahead and got him for my tank.

I still really like the personality that bettas have and started considering females so I can actaully have a community tank. My question is will the female betta be alright in the tank with the paradise fish? Since I know a male in there would be out of the question.

okiemavis 07-13-2008 12:08 PM

Nooo. Paradise gourami are quite territorial. They'll kill your female betta the same way a male betta would.

Also, paradise gourami are sub-tropical fish. They should be kept without a heater, unlike bettas.

On the other hand, they're really cool fish, so have fun!

Dtld9 08-10-2008 02:06 PM

I have 1 male and 2 female paradise gouramis with a female beta, a school of neons, and a school of panda cories in my 29g tank and I very rarely see even a nipped fin. I have planted tank with water sprite, which is a floating plant. I believe this helps in keeping everyone happy.

ghosty 11-26-2008 04:32 PM

i had 3 females and a female paradise in a 15 gal with no problems, i think if you were to do that make sure it is a female paradise.

Kim 11-26-2008 08:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by okiemavis (Post 131947)
Nooo. Paradise gourami are quite territorial. They'll kill your female betta the same way a male betta would.

Also, paradise gourami are sub-tropical fish. They should be kept without a heater, unlike bettas.

On the other hand, they're really cool fish, so have fun!

I'd take this advice. Yes, some things can be done, but it is usually easier for all involved to not fight nature. Just my 2 cents.


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