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Old 12-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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Do I own one of the rare peaceful bettas?

Alright so my girlfriend's grandmother bought me a betta fish for Christmas. She had it in a bowl when she gave it to me. Clearly, that isn't a suitable home. I have a 29 gallon planted with a swordtail, female black Molly, male guppy, 10 neon tetras, and a colony of cherry shrimp. Not to mention random tiny snails everywhere that store bought plants have brought in. I have an aqueon 8 and a standard 10 gallon that I don't really want to use. Both are empty. So, I tried my luck at putting the betta in my 29. To my pleasant surprise, he has got along just fine. Hasn't bothered anyone, even the guppy! The guppy swam all around him and the betta didn't even flare. Is this too good to be true? The only thing I worry about is the shrimp. Idc if he eats snails. I monitored his activity for about an hour last night after putting him in and he paid them no mind. I called my sister from work a minute ago to have her check up on the tank and she said the betta was looking at a shrimp like he was hungry. Basically, is it possible that he will get along with my other fish completely? Will he destroy my shrimp colony? As I said, from what I've seen he doesn't really pay attention to anyone else in the tank. Thoughts please. Sorry for the lengthy post.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:53 PM   #2
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Do your shrimp have plenty of hiding places? If not, they might be on borrowed time.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:05 PM   #3
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Maybe its a female. I have a female in my comunity i never saw her bother the ghost shrimp while they were in there. I also have guppys
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Maybe he is just happy to be out of the bowl! Some bettas are just nice, and some are not. Like people. If you have lots of plants and hiding places the shrimp can get into and the betta can't, then the shrimp should be okay
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Maybe its a female. I have a female in my comunity i never saw her bother the ghost shrimp while they were in there. I also have guppys
Nope definitely a male. The fins are way too long for it to be female.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:28 PM   #6
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Maybe he is just happy to be out of the bowl! Some bettas are just nice, and some are not. Like people. If you have lots of plants and hiding places the shrimp can get into and the betta can't, then the shrimp should be okay
I hope this is the case. I am THRILLED at the thought of having this betta in my tank permanently. I always wanted to try it but I figured it wouldn't work. Luckily for me it has so far.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:31 PM   #7
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You know it's funny when I hear all these horror stories about betas being kept in community tanks I have kept betas for years and they have almost always been in community tanks the only ones I have had to remove or switch around has been because the beta is scared of the other fish! Lol I have a male in one of my 20s right now with Molly fry juvenile tetras and RCS and he is doing amazing although I admit he is pretty terrified if the shrimp
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Watch him closely. He can turn in an instant. It doesn't mean that he will, though. I had a peaceful betta that turned aggressive after two years. Poor guy died a month ago.

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:30 PM   #9
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I just put a. Betta in my tank. He just hides all the time! Lol
but I don't think he'll harm the other fish
The lfs near my house ha a Betta in almost every tank
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:37 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the reassuring feedback guys. I just never would've expected him to be peaceful. Especially when there's a GUPPY in the tank. I'll continue to monitor his behavior. Hopefully the good in him persists.
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