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Old 06-18-2015, 03:57 PM   #11
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Scratch my plans, back to the drawing board. I said I was in research mode. I am now getting a 50 gal, not 75. I have 2 possible plans I am now thinking about.

1. Put the cories and the betta in the 50 and add a bunch of neon tetras. I know those are are all compatible.

2. Keep the betta in the 10 gal, move the cories to the 50 and add 4 discus. I know they are not "beginner" fish, but I have learned a lot over the last year. I spend a lot of time researching the best care methods and I am big time checking water conditions and changing the water. What exactly does it take to not be a beginner?

3. I am open to suggestions. Any ideas?
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Old 06-18-2015, 04:10 PM   #12
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2 or 3.

If you think you are up for the challenge you do discus. They really are not that hard if you think about it. Just do proper:

1.Acclimation- dripping for an extended period of time with lights off to reduce stress.
2. Quarantine- 3-4 weeks for any sign of illness and medicate if needed.
3. Water changes- depending on bioload, people do water changes for them 50% 2 times a week or more.


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I would say to look into something other than discus. They are ALOT of work imo. Start out with something that is nice and flashy, but isn't going to break the bank, like angelfish, or rainbow fish. They are pretty and have lots of personality

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Thanks, I am going to look into rainbow, I like those as well.
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Bettas and neons aren't compatible. I've seen many horror stories of that particular combo being a bad idea.
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:37 PM   #16
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Agree, keep the betta out of the 50 and don't do discus. You're talking 50% water changes (25 gallons!) Every other day.

How about cichlids? If the stocking is right Africans are pretty easy. Some Bolivian rams in a community with some tetras would be nice. Actually that's my vote, a pair of Rams (preferably Bolivian) 15 neons or cardinals, and maybe another school of tetras.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:28 PM   #17
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Bettas and neons aren't compatible. I've seen many horror stories of that particular combo being a bad idea.

Why do you say that? It all depends on the betta. I've had very good luck with my bettas and neons in the past. I suppose they could stress him out, but my neons were pretty boring. They just hung out and drifted slowly around the tank unless it was feeding time.


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IMO the only thing that is an absolute no-go with bettas is male fancy guppies with male bettas. The guppy looks too much like a smaller betta. However that said I encourage everyone not to keep a betta with any fish. They are a floater, theyre pretty laid back and like solitude just fine. Most other fish tend to stress them.

I've seen females more successfully paired with other fish than males.
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Why do you say that? It all depends on the betta. I've had very good luck with my bettas and neons in the past. I suppose they could stress him out, but my neons were pretty boring. They just hung out and drifted slowly around the tank unless it was feeding time.
Neons are brightly colored, have been an active fish for me, and are fin nippers when not in a proper school.

I agree TMCR Exotics, bettas ought to be kept alone imo.


Also, yes it does depend on the fish's temperament. But you can't know the particular fish you are getting's temperament before you get it, can you?
You could also keep a mbuna in a community depending on the temperament. Do you think that's a good idea?
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I also don't think neons belong with betta. Agree completely.

Its not the worst pairing I've seen but its not a spectacular idea either.
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