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Old 04-17-2013, 02:11 PM   #11
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Well being very new to the hobby a worker at a pet store actually suggested the gold fish as a tank ate for the beta. I went home after my purchased and researched good tank mates for a beta. A goldfish was a poor suggestion. Found out a little too late. And had I known they had big bio loads I would not have gotten it. I intended in having one tank. So.....now I need to figure out what to do. I think I will put the beta in the 5gallon with a heater once it arrives since he is tropical. And may (post tank cycling) add glow fish and later add a bottom feeder/tank cleaner variety. Just bought freeze dried bloodworms that I can hopefully entice my beta with so it eats something. And bought Melafix for the wounded goldfish. Hope the tanks arrives soon since cycling takes time. Currently I think I will continue to change water weekly for beta and daily or every couple days for goldfish. Even when in bowls (temporarily) you think a partial water change? Thank you!!!
You could return the goldfish to the pet store. Keep in mind that you don't have to know much about animals to work at a pet store. I know that from personal experience :P I would buy an adjustable heater so you can set the right temperature. I think 75-80F is a good temperature for a betta, but I am not 100% sure, so you might want to google that. Make sure you read on a good site though, because a lot of them will tell you that you don't need a heater, a betta is fine in a bowl, and that they live in puddles in the wild (which of course is not true :P) I personally wouldn't put him in a tank with other fish because I have only ever had bad experiences with bettas in community tanks, but I know it has worked for some people, so you could try it of you want. Just be ready to remove him if need be. If you do decide to put him in a community tank (5 gallons) I wouldn't add more than 3 other fish or so with small bioloads (small tetras or something) they usually prefer to be in larger groups though, so you might not even want to do that. And you should put the betta in last, so he doesn't feel the other fish are invading his territory. I'd do a water change 2 or 3 times a week for the 5 gallon. Maybe 30% or 50%
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The tetras or anything else are too active for a 5 gallon. If you want to keep a betta with other fish, 10 gallon is minimum. He would be stressed for not enough territory or room, and that would lead to fighting. The tetras may also nip the bettas fins.
IMO the temp should be at least 76, but 78-82 is much better for them
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A lot of the time it's the betta that gets bullied by the other fish rather then vice versa
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Either way it would be best to only keep the betta in the 5 gal.
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Yeah. I didn't think about the tetras being so active. I wouldn't personally put him in with other fish even in a ten gallon or bigger unless there were lots of hiding places (plants, caves, etc) anyway though.
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Update:

I hv 5 gallon tank set up with a 5-15 gallon filter (after the filter that came with tank broke down). Seems the filter is a little strong for my beta & 4 golden Priscilla tetra's. So will hv to read up on baffling it. The beta went after the tetra's a little the first night but the little guys are very quick. Now the tetra's hang out at the bottom in their little school and the beta at top hanging out in the tops of the plants. All hangout in the middle & bottom from time to time but seem just fine.

Now I hope they begin to eat again soon. It's a change so I'm sure it might take a little time.
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Also looking to get a 20 gallon long tank for "Goldie" the fan tailed goldfish. In a large bowl still for time being.
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Also looking to get a 20 gallon long tank for "Goldie" the fan tailed goldfish. In a large bowl still for time being.
Good idea if you can get a 30 gallon you can give him a friend in there too just an idea
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