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Old 05-29-2012, 03:50 PM   #1
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Question are there any fish that could go with male bettas?

In my last post, I asked if I should get angelfish for my 5g. According to you guys, they get too big for a 5g. So I decided on 1 male betta, but I was wondering if there are any tropical fish that would get along with the betta. If there's not, I guess I will just get a female and some other fish. thanks guys!
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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In my last post, I asked if I should get angelfish for my 5g. According to you guys, they get too big for a 5g. So I decided on 1 male betta, but I was wondering if there are any tropical fish that would get along with the betta. If there's not, I guess I will just get a female and some other fish. thanks guys!
I think you should just put either a male or female betta in there with no other fish. Females can be mean too. You could probably do some snails, and maybe some shrimp with a betta though.
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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Your stocking options are fairly limited with a 5gal. especially if your considering a male betta. Most nano type fish like dario and killies will probably be harassed because of their flashy fins and close quarters.
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I had a female Betta who I named Helga the Horrible because she was so aggressive. I have kept a male Betta in a community tank with no problems, but it was a 30 gallon. I think 5 is probably too small for any other fish to be added with the Betta. Wish I had some better ideas for you.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:29 PM   #5
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I for one recommend to stick with a male betta alone. And if you wanted females, then they say to get multiple females to lessen the harassment, meaning that you would need a bigger tank.

I vote for just the male Betta.
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I agree with the other advise. IMO, a 5g is not big enough for a betta (of either gender) and fish tankmates. Small spaces breed aggression even in peaceful fish. You could try some shrimp and snails if you want to though.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:27 PM   #7
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Not all males are agressive. If u want to see if he is nice then take him abd put him up to the other aquariums if he flares he agressive if not then u can put him with other fish like guppies or platy.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:35 PM   #8
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5 gallons is too small for platies.

A lack of flaring from a fish that is stressed from sitting in a cup of filthy water is not in any way, shape, or form indicative of whether that fish would be a good tank mate to other fish in the long term.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:41 PM   #9
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Not all males are agressive. If u want to see if he is nice then take him abd put him up to the other aquariums if he flares he agressive if not then u can put him with other fish like guppies or platy.
That isn't a good way to tell because:
1. He could flare at his own reflection
2. He may just be stressed from being in a cup or whatever he would be in
3. He may flare at fish to begin with but slowly get used to them.
I wouldn't put bettas with guppies because they usually have long flowing tails like bettas, especially the males. The betta may think that they are another betta and attack them.
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I had a male betta in a 5 gal and really, that was plenty! Betta's are so active and beautiful when given room to swim (ie not kept in a small "betta bowl"). Add some live plants and a zebra nerite snail and I don't think you will need another fish in there with him.
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I have a divided 10g. On one side is a male betta and 2 aquatic frogs. On the other is a female betta and 2 more aquatic frogs. Several large Malaysian trumpet snails are in both sides as well. Before I had the female it was another male. Anyway, you could get a frog or 2 in with the betta. They are cool to watch. Otherwise I also would suggest snails
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My male betta completely ignores my cory cats, and they all seem to do well. However, when I had an otocinclus in there, he would come up to it and bite it, so the oto got moved to another tank.
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