5 years ago #1
Soteria22
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So I'm really thinking about the 3 gallon aquarium for one betta fish,but I was also thinking about if it would be ok for me to have one other fish in there with him. So what would be a good idea of another fish in the aquarium besides one I saw that was a placo?

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5 years ago #2
johnarthur
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A pleco will get bigger than the entire three gallon aquarium

Male Bettas are not very good company, and they look pretty good all alone. A couple of cory cats would not bother the Betta, but that many fish could over crowd the small aquarium. Maybe a fresh water shrimp or a mystery snail would be OK.

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5 years ago #3
Soteria22
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Now with the Cory cats I read that they should be in trios, so in a 3 gallon how would just one do or two in that size of a aquarium? I also read that they are shy how would that be with the male betta? Would an Amano shrimp be a good example of a freshwater shrimp for the aquarium? Now it would be either or not both to be with the male betta because like you said the aquarium is but so big and I don't want to overcrowd.

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5 years ago #4
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You're right to avoid over crowding, especially since you are new to the hobby. I don't have direct experience with Amano shrimp, but from what I've read, they may be OK with the Betta. However, you may do better to take the conservative approach and stick with just the Betta for a while.

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5 years ago #5
Soteria22
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So I wound up buying a 5 gallon, but now I'm having some serious regrets, but im feeling very indecisive, though. Don't know what to do.

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5 years ago #6
dkpate
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Know what I did when I bought my 5G? I got a divider and another betta lol! But I also have a filter and heater in it.

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5 years ago #7
achintya
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cory or neon tetra will be the best compatible fish.but also aware of overcrowding..

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4 years ago #8
Jen
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I also have a betta in a jar I would like to move to my 3 gallon tank with my dwarf frog, would this be okay?

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4 years ago #9
mjrkiller308
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Yes that would be a must almost a jar is far toooooooooooo small for any fish. the african dwarf frogs are hard to keep alive for long they need a meat source of food every day. and they require cleaned water. so dual water changes per week are in order specially in such a small aquarium the waste/water ratio is ver high id say 40% twice a week on water changes is fine. good luck and i hope this helps.

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2 years ago #10
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I have a male Beta and a female beta in a 10 gallon tank together. They are lovers I think. She follows him and he follows her. Sometime at feeding time he will chase her away. But mostly they come to the top and I feed each one on opposit side of the tank. He seems to only get aggressive at feeding time. It is my undersatnding if the space in large enough (at least 10 gallons), and the second fish does not have a large fin spread and doesn't look like a threat, a male beta can get along with another fish. So this is why I picked a female with small fins but pretty colors. I don't know about other fish but I can tell you my male beta I think likes my female beta. Both have gotten really tame. They often swim together.

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2 years ago #11
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mimireco wrote:
I have a male Beta and a female beta in a 10 gallon tank together. They are lovers I think. She follows him and he follows her. Sometime at feeding time he will chase her away. But mostly they come to the top and I feed each one on opposit side of the tank. He seems to only get aggressive at feeding time. It is my undersatnding if the space in large enough (at least 10 gallons), and the second fish does not have a large fin spread and doesn't look like a threat, a male beta can get along with another fish. So this is why I picked a female with small fins but pretty colors. I don't know about other fish but I can tell you my male beta I think likes my female beta. Both have gotten really tame. They often swim together.


SEPARATE THEM IMMEDIATELY. THEY MIGHT GET ALONG NOW, BUT SOON ONE OF THEM WILL TURN ON EACH OTHER. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? THIS SHOULD ONLY BE DONE IF YOU HAVE A HEAVILY PLANTED 55+GALLON.
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2 years ago #12
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They'e been together now for about two months. I have a friend that has a male and female for a year and still together. If the space is big enough do you think they will turn on each other and why? She has her hiding place and he has his. Lots of hiding places live plants and some silk and ceramic logs. I' am told by several beta owners that the space is important and simply must be big enough that they have their own space at least 10 gallons. At night the male goes into a cave and the female goes to her side behind a plant and sleeps. I don't think she would follow him if she felt danger. But that is just my guess. Why do you think he will turn on her?

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2 years ago #13
thea
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By and large betta fish are aggressive fish and bad companions for other fish. But like all fish there are degrees of behaviour. If you are lucky you may have a very laid back betta. But it is also possible that you have a juvenile betta and that when his hormones kick in he will start being aggressive to your female.

Having a betta in a community tank CAN work, if the betta's temperament is not too aggressive, if there are plenty of hiding spaces for vulnerable fish or his companions are faster swimmers so able to get away, or if they are much less "beautiful" so that he does not see them as competition, if your tank is under rather than overcrowded and very large so each type of fish can stake out its territory.

It is not clear to me how large your tank is. Basically what everyone is saying is, keep a vigilant eye on your tank and have a back-up plan if something goes wrong.

There is a very sweet blog on MAC about a male and female betta who lived together, but not everyone can do this:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-saga-of-lg-the-betta- who-owns-me-226.html

There are several blog posts. You have follow them in order. This is the first one.

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2 years ago #14
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My Betta tank is 10 gallons with plenty hiding spaces for each. She is small and slim. Nothing like the male with lots of fins. My male betta is actually very sweet and laid back. He is more interested in the mirror I put on the side of tank. He fluffs up at the mirror only. Each come up for feeding, one on each side now and I drop pellets to each to make sure each gets fed. If it is a time when they are together, I will scoot her to the other side and feed her and him on the other side. Like I said, the only time he chases her away is at feeding time. She does have her corner of the tank and he his when they want. When she wants to sleep he never bothers her. I think they will be fine.

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2 years ago #15
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mimireco wrote:
My Betta tank is 10 gallons with plenty hiding spaces for each. She is small and slim. Nothing like the male with lots of fins. My male betta is actually very sweet and laid back. He is more interested in the mirror I put on the side of tank. He fluffs up at the mirror only. Each come up for feeding, one on each side now and I drop pellets to each to make sure each gets fed. If it is a time when they are together, I will scoot her to the other side and feed her and him on the other side. Like I said, the only time he chases her away is at feeding time. She does have her corner of the tank and he his when they want. When she wants to sleep he never bothers her. I think they will be fine.

http://www.ebetta.com/2008/10/15/male-and-female-betta- fish-together/
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=21956
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2 years ago #16
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Platy_lover21 wrote:
mimireco wrote:
My Betta tank is 10 gallons with plenty hiding spaces for each. She is small and slim. Nothing like the male with lots of fins. My male betta is actually very sweet and laid back. He is more interested in the mirror I put on the side of tank. He fluffs up at the mirror only. Each come up for feeding, one on each side now and I drop pellets to each to make sure each gets fed. If it is a time when they are together, I will scoot her to the other side and feed her and him on the other side. Like I said, the only time he chases her away is at feeding time. She does have her corner of the tank and he his when they want. When she wants to sleep he never bothers her. I think they will be fine.


http://www.ebetta.com/2008/10/15/male-and-female-betta- fish-together/

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=21956

No offense, but a single unprofessional post on a very unprofessional looking website isn't all that convincing
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2 years ago #17
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I have been keeping betta's for over three years now. I know people who have had male and female betta's turn on each other. If they want to be stupid and keep the betta's in the 10 gallon. I am not going to feel pity when one kills the other

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2 years ago #18
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@ Platy_lover21

You need to be polite with others.

Though many of us agree it is foolhardy there are people who have managed to keep bettas together. Mimireco has been informed of the pros and cons and has heard both sides -- from people who have had success and those that have had disasters.

It is up to members to make informed decisions and not up to you to call someone who does not agree with you, a name.

Say what you want, but do not make personal comments.

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2 years ago #19
newgo
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just quickly, ive heard and read the same things, bettas shouldn't be kept with bettas.

BUT, i did have 2 male bettas in the same tank for quite some time. tank wasn't big, don't know gallons but id say
30cm long, 25cm high and 20cm deep.

no divider. there was a divider between them for about 6months. then i took it out and both bettas were fine with each other. no aggression ever. when it came time to feed i lured each one to a different side of the tank.

not trying to disprove anyone, simply stating my experience..newgo

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3 weeks ago #20
Anita
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ONE shrimp? Are you serious? ^^
first off shrimp need to be at LEAST 10 individuals to feel safe, and secondly it would most probably end up as fish food.

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3 weeks ago #21
Fishobessed
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Hi Anita,
this is a 5 year old thread, please check the date of the original posting before replying as it pushes newer more urgent posts down the list. thank you.

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