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post #1 of 8 Old 07-17-2018, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Minnows and a Betta

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I currently have a 10 gallon tank with three fish and one shrimp along with lots of baby snails. Two of the three fish is a minnow (like the ones you would use as bait or like the ones you would see in a lake) and the other is a female Betta. Right now the minnow is the same size if not larger than my Betta. He chases her and doesn’t let her get close to the food either. When he first started it I thought he might be “protecting” her. I do have an extra tank I could put the Betta in but she loves the tank she is in now. I’m open to any ideas on what to do.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-20-2018, 07:05 PM
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I currently have a 10 gallon tank with three fish and one shrimp along with lots of baby snails. Two of the three fish is a minnow (like the ones you would use as bait or like the ones you would see in a lake) and the other is a female Betta. Right now the minnow is the same size if not larger than my Betta. He chases her and doesn’t let her get close to the food either. When he first started it I thought he might be “protecting” her. I do have an extra tank I could put the Betta in but she loves the tank she is in now. I’m open to any ideas on what to do.
where did you get these minnows? a bait shop, the wild? if you got them from a fish store what species did you get them as? if you dont know can you post a pic of it? minnows are schooling fish and prefer schools of 7+ depending on species. if they are kept in numbers lower they may get mean and nip/pester tankmates. many people say bettas are bad community fish as they are territorial but i have found in many situations the betta is the one being bullied.
Edit: sorry, i did not notice pic 3 and 4 contain the minnow. if you didn't get the minnows from a fish store/pet store i don't recommend keeping them as they often cant have their needs meet in an aquarium.

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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I originally bought the minnow for a Bottle Biology Project. The other fish are from other projects but maybe should I get a few more Minnows since they are schooling fish? Or maybe I could put more decor in the tank or press the plants out to make it harder for the minnow to get to the Betta? Right now the Betta is hanging out around the top of the tank with some floating plants I put in there.
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I originally bought the minnow for a Bottle Biology Project. The other fish are from other projects but maybe should I get a few more Minnows since they are schooling fish? Or maybe I could put more decor in the tank or press the plants out to make it harder for the minnow to get to the Betta? Right now the Betta is hanging out around the top of the tank with some floating plants I put in there.
i dont know the species of the minnow so i dont know if it will school, but getting more shouldn't hurt. now that you mention it. you should also get decor.

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I will but I think I’m going to give him to another pets store along with tons of snails. Today I bought a balloon molly and he was nipping at her fins then he started to pick at her scales and all over then she did the same to him and it ended in a fight and right now I have him separated from her but every time I put him back in he heads right to her and fights again
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Ok I will but I think I’m going to give him to another pets store along with tons of snails. Today I bought a balloon molly and he was nipping at her fins then he started to pick at her scales and all over then she did the same to him and it ended in a fight and right now I have him separated from her but every time I put him back in he heads right to her and fights again
if the minnow is that agressive then i would just rehome it and just keep the female betta. maybe you could replace the minnows with a school of 5-7 small tetras, danios or minnows
Edit: by minnows i mean white cloud minnows

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post #7 of 8 Old 07-27-2018, 02:12 PM
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For what it's worth - white cloud minnows and bettas aren't particularly compatible - they both have different water temperature needs. Bettas are tropical and need a heater (~78*-80*). White Cloud Minnows are cool water fish (~68* or so).
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For what it's worth - white cloud minnows and bettas aren't particularly compatible - they both have different water temperature needs. Bettas are tropical and need a heater (~78*-80*). White Cloud Minnows are cool water fish (~68* or so).
imo white clouds can thrive in tropical temps as i know several people that keep them between 76-78F with no problems although i have never kept white clouds myself so thanks for the input.

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