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Old 04-21-2017, 06:04 PM   #1
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Adding Betta to my Tank with Platys and Mollies?

I was at Pets Mart this afternoon to get my water tested and I was told I could add a betta with other community Fish. I am hesitant to take this advice. Is it a safe idea? Or will the Betta become aggressive toward the other fish?
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:14 PM   #2
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First of all, how big is the tank, how long has it been established, and what are the current parameters? This plays a part in whether or not your tank can have a betta.
Some people have successfully kept bettas with other fish, but some bettas are too aggressive for this. It's all in their personality. So you'd have to see what your betta's personality is like and have a back up plan if it turns out he can't go in the community tank.
Also, be aware that bettas can be especially aggressive towards brightly colored fish; nippy fish should also not be kept with bettas due to their delicate fins.
Hope this helps
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:28 PM   #3
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First of all, how big is the tank, how long has it been established, and what are the current parameters? This plays a part in whether or not your tank can have a betta.
Some people have successfully kept bettas with other fish, but some bettas are too aggressive for this. It's all in their personality. So you'd have to see what your betta's personality is like and have a back up plan if it turns out he can't go in the community tank.
Also, be aware that bettas can be especially aggressive towards brightly colored fish; nippy fish should also not be kept with bettas due to their delicate fins.
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Hi ..and Thank you for replying

The Tank is 10g
Amonia is at .5
Nitrate 0
Total hardness of water 75
Chlorine 0
Alkalinity 20
pH 6.6

The Aquarium has been up and running since last Saturday 4 fish added Monday. I know the Amonia is not where it should be. I have been reading and discovered that the feeding the fish too many flakes in one pinch can contribute to that. I also added Top fin Water conditioner as well as bacteria supplement. A water change was completed yesterday (also on advice of Pets Mart after I noticed water getting cloudy and fish not being active.) I also vacumed the gravel. Tank also contains 2 fake plants and a shipwreck ornament. Today, at Pets Mart I was advised to try API ammo lock to get the Amonia down which I applied accordingly. I am happy to say the fish do seem more active but my main concern is the Amomia level. I don't want to add anymore until I get that settled.


I am leaning toward buying a separate habitat for a Betta but since I was told it may be possible to add to a community tank I was wondering if I should try.
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Personally, I think many bettas are more personable in their own tanks. I've had a few over the years and they like to be the star of the show.
That's just my two cents
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Since you're working on cycling your tank, wait a bit before adding any more fish.

What kind of fish do you have?

A betta could fully dominate a 10 gallon tank.
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Since you're working on cycling your tank, wait a bit before adding any more fish.

What kind of fish do you have?

A betta could fully dominate a 10 gallon tank.

2 mollies and 2 platys so far.
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With 2 mollies and 2 platies, your tank is fully stocked. Add to that the fact that they like to be in groups of 3 or 4. And if the two you have are male and female, your girls are going to get chased to death. And, unless you have all males, you're going to have fry to deal with, too.
If what you had was 4 platies, I'd say it was possible, after your cycle is fully settled, to try a betta, but be prepared to put him in his own tank if he's too aggressive.
With what you have, a betta will over stock you, and would also feel crowded. He'd either be too aggressive, or too stressed.
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With 2 mollies and 2 platies, your tank is fully stocked. Add to that the fact that they like to be in groups of 3 or 4. And if the two you have are male and female, your girls are going to get chased to death. And, unless you have all males, you're going to have fry to deal with, too.
If what you had was 4 platies, I'd say it was possible, after your cycle is fully settled, to try a betta, but be prepared to put him in his own tank if he's too aggressive.
With what you have, a betta will over stock you, and would also feel crowded. He'd either be too aggressive, or too stressed.
Thank you. That pretty much validates what I thought would be likely to happen with a Betta added. Im going to get a Separate habitat. I was thinking a 5g aquarium setup so the Betta would be able to move freely around. Maybe a fake plant or 2 or a rock
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Sounds good, he'll love that. Just be careful that fake plants and rock can't cut his fins. Silk plants are the best. Live plants are fantastic if you're willing to give them a try. Best of luck!
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Mollies and platys need at least a 20g.
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