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Deac 07-31-2009 09:31 PM

Betta tank set up
I had a betta fish in my 100ltr planted community tank - but had to separate him as I caught him nipping the honey gourami. My last betta was obviously more peaceful as he behaved well with all the fish in there.

Anyways, he's in a temporary 2 gallon tank for now, and I've just bought a 43 gallon bookshelf tank with artificial decor, which I'm cycling now.
I transferred some of the water and filter media and three zebra danios out of my planted tank to give it a head start, but will monitor the readings until it's cycled properly.

:question:Question1. I don't want my betta to be lonely when I transfer him, so what are the best tankmates for him?

:question:Question 2. The PH reading is too high for my liking (7.8). My planted tank reads 6.8 - 7.0 but that's because of teh CO2 and plants in there, I guess. My tap water is 7.8 also. How do i bring this down without putting real plants in there?


Cody 07-31-2009 09:53 PM

1) Bettas do not get lonely and are better alone.

2) A pH of 7.0 is fine for bettas.

aunt kymmie 07-31-2009 10:05 PM

Cody is right on; bettas don't get lonely. If you must have tankmates (like I do :|) you have the best chance with bottom dwellers. I've had excellent success with otos & cories (pygmy version). I'm lucky in that my betta has zero, none, zilch interest in anything that cruises the bottom of the tank.

dramaqueen 07-31-2009 10:34 PM

I agree with Cody and Aunt Kymmie. Bettas are solitary fish and don't get lonely.

Deac 08-01-2009 12:06 AM

Thanks everyone for the quick responses.

Firsly, I goofed...I meant 43 LITREs not gallons I think that's about 13 US gallons. (Even my first and main planted tank is not as big as 43 gallons (I wish!!). Being a Brit, i try to steer clear of gallons because for some maniac reason - we & the Americans can't agree on what a gallon amounts to. I know.....I should stick to my principles and kept on thinking in litres.

Also, the PH is 7.8........the smiley jumped in there and obliterated the .8 in my post.

I do have about 5 peppered cories and 3 albinos in my main tank. Maybe I'll transfer some of the peppered ones over when the tank is ready. The shape of the tank is long and shallow - 29" x 9" x 8" (L X W X H). I was actually thinking of putting a mess divider half way at some stage and introducing another betta on the otehr side. I saw this on a forum (can't remember where) so that's what gave me the idea. What are your views on this, please??


Deac 08-01-2009 12:44 AM

Just out of does anyone know a Betta does not get lonely???? Hmmm.

aunt kymmie 08-01-2009 11:20 AM

Because I asked mine and he told me. :lol:
In the wild they live solitarily and are very territorial which would tell me that they prefer to be alone. That's the general consensus, anyway.

willow 08-01-2009 01:29 PM


Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 221439)
Because I asked mine and he told me. :lol:

that made me chuckel.

dramaqueen 08-01-2009 02:19 PM


Deac 08-02-2009 03:37 AM

Thanks Aunt now to strike up a meaningful conversation with my Betta :) I'll let you know if he disagrees !!!

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