I am a new Betta mom. I have 2 male bettas :shock: together in a 5.5 gallon tank. They have been together for a week now and are getting along fine. I have not seen them flare at each other at all, and they do swim near each other. There are no other fish in the tank as of yet.
Anyway, I was reading through some of the topics here and noticed something about not having a filter that pours water into the tank, which mine does, about 1/4 inch from the waterline. I have noticed one of the bettas seems to be swimming weird, more so around the filter.
I can add a bit more water to the tank so it doesnt pour, and I have the filter on low. There is a cover that isnt flat to the top, so there will still be room for surface air.
Do you think this is ok? Or do I need to get a different filter?
Also, their tank is at about 76degrees...is this too cold?
Re: Filter question
You mentioned you have them for only a week. In my opinion, I wouldn't wait before both begin to fight to death in such a small compartment. I would suggest separating them immediately with the second betta placed in another tank.
Definitely seperate them ASAP! The younger male bettas may not fight but in time I would bet every penny I have on one eventually killing the other, if not killing each other.
76 is OK but a little higher, like Lupin suggested would be better. :)
I have another tank, a 10 gallon, that im going to move one of them into. I have a filter and heater for it, but need cartridges for the filter.
He will be ok for a few days without a filter right?
I have the liquid stuff that adds the good bacteria to the water too.
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