I joined this community after much web surfing. I've been keeping bettas as pets since childhood (currently have 3) and recently I was given a complete 50 gallon aquarium (heater, external filter, other stuff) thankfully the person who gave it to me has agreed to help me set it up(she use to raise fancy guppies)But she advised me too seek help with my other questions..
Anyway I'd like to set it up for a male betta and other fish. I plan on buying a young betta for this tank. I know bettas and the conditions/parameters/tempertures they require, but I don't know what good compatible tank-mates are for them. I know I'll need a lot of plants to provide cover for betta buddies (and give my surface breather something to sit on), but what I'd like is some ideas for buddies.
What kind of Buddies? (I've heard platys, mollies, otos, tetras, corys, guppies, but also heard against all of them (except otos))
What age and sex should the buddies be?
How many buddies? (50 gallon tank)
Who goes in 1st? 2nd? Etc. At what interval? (I was told I need to quarintine everyone for 2-4 weeks)
Is a 3 gallon tank big enough for quarintine? (It's the only extra I have, as I moved my eldest betta into a smaller tank)
I've never had a big tank, and this will surely be a learning experiance. Right now the tank is sitting empty and I'm in no hurry to fill it with fish. I'll be starting to set it up this week, figuring out how it works and if I need to replace anything. I'll add some live plants after I get the water where it needs to be.
Looking forward to your answers and opinions.