11 Best Betta Fish Tank Mates

Updated on April 21, 2017
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I am an accountant from Canada with a passion for fish aquariums. I have many years of experience with betta fish in particular.

What Fish Will Your Betta Get Along With?

So you've got a betta, and your tank is looking a little lonely. You have the urge to put more fish in the tank so your betta can have friends, but unfortunately, bettas or "Siamese fighting fish" are known to be territorial fighters. Males, especially, will kill other males and many other different types of fish if he believes they're a threat to his tank. You can keep two or more female bettas together, but aggression could occur. A male and a female betta sharing the same tank is not recommended because the male might be violent and kill the female to show dominance.

Fortunately, there are some fish that your betta will tolerate. Below, we'll discuss possible species of fish that your betta will likely get along with.


Please remember that the ideas below are suggestions. Your betta may get along just fine with all of these new tank mates, or he might kill and eat them. Every betta is different, and these are just general guidelines.

What Fish Can Live With Bettas?

1. Harlequin Rasboras
2. Loaches
3. Ghost Shrimp
4. Zebra Snails
5. Bristlenose Plecos
6. Neon Tetras
7. Ember Tetras
8. African Dwarf Frogs
9. White Cloud Mountain Minnows
10. Clown Pleco
11. Pygmy Corydora catfish

1. Harlequin Rasboras

Rasboras are the most ideal tank mates for your betta because the two naturally co-exist in the wild. Their feeding and water requirements are the same, so setting up a tank for bettas and rasboras should be a breeze.

Keep in mind that rasboras are shoaling fish that prefer to live in schools of five to six. They grow to about 1.5 inches and live up to five years. They love to swim, so make sure you get a large tank to give them plenty of room to zip around.

Harlequin Rasboras
Harlequin Rasboras | Source

2. Loaches

At one time, I had a bit of a problem with hundreds of tiny little white snails appearing in my tank. I wanted to get rid of them, but I hate the idea of using chemicals, so I tried to find a fish that eats snails but would not cause a problem for my betta.

Loaches are great for this task. Once your snail problem is taken care of, you can feed the loaches pellets, and they'll happily eat those as well. Depending on the type of loach you get, they can grow to be quite large. However, yo yo loaches (Pakastani), kuhli loaches, and zebra loaches stay around 2-5 inches in length. Keep in mind that they are schooling fish, meaning they instinctively swim together for safety. So when you buy loaches, you will need to buy a minimum of three.

In most cases, loaches will get along fine with your betta, but I have heard that they can sometimes be aggressive. My betta doesn't even notice they're there. The loaches happily go about picking snails off my plants and root through the gravel trying to find more. On rare occasions, they will attack a betta by eating his fins. If you plan on getting loaches of any kind, keep an eye on them and remove them if necessary.

Kuhli Loach
Kuhli Loach | Source

3. Ghost Shrimp

One really good tankmate for your betta is the ghost shrimp. These little guys are great for keeping the bottom of your tank clean.

Generally, your betta will leave ghost shrimp alone. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. If your betta is overly aggressive, you might find that dropping ghost shrimp into your tank will only serve as a tasty snack. However, there is still a fairly good chance that your betta will leave them alone. Ghost shrimp don't pester other fish, so they might be able to live together.

The good news is that ghost shrimp aren't very expensive, so if your betta does pick them off every once in a while, it doesn't cost much to replace them. In a 3-gallon tank, you may keep eight to ten ghost shrimps. This will cost you about $5.00. Select the biggest shrimp at the pet store so they are more likely to survive. It's also important to know that female ghost shrimp do get pregnant very easily. So, unless you have a separate tank for them, your betta will eat the shrimp eggs.

The final issue that you'll want to know about is the temperature sensitivity of ghost shrimp. If you have your tank temperature too high, your ghost shrimp will turn pink and die, as they essentially cook to death. 78 degrees Fahrenheit is near their upper limit. I've personally had a number of ghost shrimp over the years, and some handle the 78 degree temperature of my tank quite well, while others die within days. The only way to find out whether your shrimp will survive is through trial and error.

Ghost Shrimp
Ghost Shrimp | Source

4. Zebra Snails

Snails are also great for keeping your tank clean. The zebra snail, in particular, is small and unobtrusive, but quite pretty for a snail. A single zebra snail will happily clean the algae from a 2 to 3-gallon tank, wandering back and forth in search of food.

Your betta will normally ignore zebra snails, and if not, the snails have decent armor to protect themselves. Zebra snails are not known for reproducing uncontrollably, as other breeds of snails do. You know that if you buy one or two, you won't come home one day and find a few hundred more.

I strongly recommend zebra snails if you can find them at your pet store. They're pretty and useful, and make a great addition to your tank.

Zebra Snail
Zebra Snail | Source

5. Bristlenose Plecos

Bristlenose plecos are great for betta tanks — for a while. I say "a while" because they eventually grow. That pleco you pick up at the fish store that's only an inch long can grow to seven inches within a year. Your betta may still get along with him, but you will need a tank big enough to handle his size. Other varieties of pleco get along with bettas as well, but grow even larger than the bristlenose pleco, sometimes to over a foot long.

Other than that, they make compatible tank mates because they're very shy and will tend to avoid your betta. They will also hide in whatever is available if you come near their tank. They are fairly drab in color, but still interesting fish. The pleco spends its time attacking all the debris and extra food that your betta drops to the bottom of the tank.

Bristlenose Plecos
Bristlenose Plecos

6. Neon Tetras

Neon tetras are beautiful fish, with a blue and red stripes that almost seem to glow. Believe it or not, these fish get along fairly well with most bettas. While your betta will spend most of his time at the top of the tank, tetras are mid-tank fish, so the two will not fight for the same space or collide into one another.

Neon tetras are omnivores, and will eat algae and most high-quality flake foods. Personally, I think that hikari makes a great food choice because your betta will probably eat it as well. Hikari floats on the surface of the tank for a bit,, and then slowly sinks after a couple of minutes, which is when your neon tetras will start picking at it. Of course, anything they miss will be picked up by the plecko sitting at the bottom of your tank.

I should remind you that tetras are schooling fish. You need an absolute minimum of six tetras in your tank (12 is better). This means that you will need a spacious tank. A one-gallon tank will not do. To give a dozen or more enough room, I would recommend a 10-gallon tank.

Neon Tetras
Neon Tetras

7. Ember Tetras

Like the neon tetras, ember tetras are peaceful schooling fish. They thrive in the same conditions as the betta and require water that is anywhere from 68-84 degrees Fahrenheit with a pH of between 5.0 to 6.5. They are also easy to feed, and like the betta, they enjoy foods such as brine shrimp, blood worms, and flakes.

They grow to about 2cm in length and are used to shallow water, so a large tank size is not necessary unless you have a large school.

It's important to note that tetras like swimming around plants because it gives them a sense of security. Be sure to include a lot of hiding spaces and plenty of vegetation to make them feel comfortable. Tall plants work really well because they are mid-level swimmers.

Ember Tetras
Ember Tetras | Source

8. African Dwarf Frogs

African dwarf frogs can make great tank mates. If your betta is not very aggressive, they can get along together for years.

There are a few things to consider though. Dwarf frogs are shy, and even more so with big fish like bettas in the tank, so make sure they have plenty of places to hide.

Dwarf Frogs are also passive eaters. They have their own food requirements, and cannot survive on a diet of pellets, so you have to make sure that your betta does not eat your frog's food.

Finally, your betta may get along very well with your frog, or it may choose to nip at and chase your frog. If this is the case, move your frog to another tank.

African Dwarf Frog
African Dwarf Frog | Source

9. White Cloud Mountain Minnows

This lovely fish is easy to care for and enjoys the same diet and water requirements as the betta. Generally, the betta likes warmer waters and the white cloud mountain minnow prefers colder temperatures, but 75 degrees Fahrenheit is a good middle ground that is ideal for both fish.

They are peaceful creatures that won't disturb their tank mates, and their discoloration will not make betta feel threatened.

These minnows are native to China and quite rare because they have been identified as an endangered species. Still, you can find them in high-end pet stores.

White Cloud Mountain Minnows
White Cloud Mountain Minnows

10. Clown Pleco (Panaque Maccus)

This type of catfish is hardy and lives well in a wide range of water parameters. Because they are bottom feeders and algae eaters, they will not compete with bettas for food. They also have a very docile nature and moderate coloration, which the betta will not see as threatening.

They grow to about four inches in length and will need a tank of at least 20 gallons because they like to swim around in spacious areas.

11. Pygmy Corydora Catfish (Cory Fish)

Cory fish are often called armored catfish due to the plates of bone-line material that covers their bodies. The pigmy variety grows to only 1 inch in length. They are bottom dwellers and feeders, and will actively scavenge underneath rocks for food. Because they are a dull grey, they blend in well with the sand and gravel, so your betta may not even notice they are there.

Cories do like to swim in schools of four or more, so ideally, you should get a group of corries, otherwise they will be very unhappy.

Cory Catfish
Cory Catfish | Source

Fish to Avoid Keeping With Betta

1. Other male bettas
2. Guppies
3. Goldfish
4. Clownfish
5. Cichlids
6. Tiger Barbs
7. Gouramis
8. Siamese Algae Eaters

Fish That Should Not Share a Betta Tank

I get lots of suggestions for tank mates. Some of those suggestions are great. Some are horrible. I'd like to put some of the bad ideas to rest. I apologize if any of these offend you, but when I receive suggestions from pet store employees that endanger a living creature, I get upset.


This suggestion is made about once a week in the comments section. Male guppies are flashy and colorful, a little smaller than a betta, and will very likely be attacked and killed. Female guppies are fairly drab, so they may work in a tank, but your mileage may vary.


Another bad idea that I hear almost as frequently as the guppy idea. Goldfish are shiny, gold, and (to a betta) very much a threat. Even if your betta does happen to get along with them, goldfish are a bad idea because they're dirty fish. They will upset your water pH very quickly and lead to a dead or diseased betta.


I received a comment from someone named Petco Fish Guy (not his real name), who told me a clownfish would go great in a betta tank. Let's make it clear. A betta is a freshwater fish. A clownfish is a saltwater fish. They don't go together.

While I'm normally a pretty easy-going guy, this one made me upset. This suggestion came from someone who works in a pet store, in the fish section. This is why I don't buy fish from major chain pet stores.

How Many Fish Should You Keep in Your Betta Tank?

Tank size is important. When adding fish to your betta tank, please remember an important general rule: your tank should have one gallon of water per inch of fish. If you have a 5-gallon tank, you can have up to five one-inch-long fish in it for optimal living conditions. If you want to keep more fish, you'll need a larger tank.

The reason for this limit is that fish soil the water they live in, and unless there is a very good filtration system, you'll quickly end up with sick or dead fish.

Dos and Don'ts of Setting Up a Betta Community Tank

Get a large tank. The bigger, the better! Your tank should be at least 10 gallons to keep fish from fighting for space.
Don't get a fish that resembles the betta.
Get dull and unobtrusive colored fish so they don't look like a threat to your betta.
Don't get colorful or fanciful fish with long, flowy tails and fins.
It is better to introduce your betta to an established community tank than to introduce other fish to your betta's territory.
Avoid fish that are nibblers. They will nip your betta's fins and cause damage, not to mention fights.
Provide plenty of place for your other fish to hide.
Don't get fast swimmers. Moving water will agitate your betta.

A Guide to Caring for Your Betta

If you're struggling to keep your new betta healthy, then I highly recommend a copy of Marcus Song's book Caring For Betta Fish.

I was in the same place a few years ago and kept killing bettas with my lack of knowledge. The betta I bought after I bought this book is still healthy. I can't recommend this book enough. It has everything you need to know to make your betta's life easier, happier, and much, much longer than you'd expect.

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      Newb 32 hours ago

      It really depends on the character of your Betta Fish. I had 2 ghost shrimps in the betta tank. They were like calm and quiet, minding their own business when one day betta nipped the shrimp real bad (couldn’t find the reason why). For 2-3 days the shrimp was quiet in a corner not swimming out as usual and died. It was kind of brownish red on the tail where it was nipped. Poor thing!!! Now betta is fine alone in his own tank.

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      Shivaun 6 days ago

      I have yellow snails with my beta in a 5.5 gallon tank with live plants . He totally ignores the snails.

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      Amari 10 days ago

      My betta is lonely so I came here and now my fish is no longer lonely!

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      Person_lovebettas 2 weeks ago

      I have a Albino Cory and a different Cory that I can't remember the name of and two betas. They get along fine.

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      Flux 2 weeks ago

      30 gal tank. Established community before adding betta. 8 neno tetras. 3 guppies 1 male 3 gals. 1 normal pleco, upsidown catfish. 3 ghost shrimp, 2 japanese shrimp. 2 snails. started with 6 guppies 4 months ago, now only 3 left. after 4 months rest stayed the same, so i figured the tank was just balancing itself out so i havent added any other fish.

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      Stallion44107 4 weeks ago

      1 male blue veiltail beta,two ember tetras,1 neon tetra,two yeppow fin fancy guppies,1 spotted corydora....

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      Richard 5 weeks ago

      I don't think zebra snails are a good choice because lots of Betta fish food have copper sulfate.

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      Novafish 5 weeks ago

      I've found it varies a lot from one betta to another but I've kept mine with darios, neon tetra and even shrimps (red cherry, etc.). I've had three that are fine with such a combination and one which was so mean he had to be alone.

      I would advise however a decent sized tank, 10 gallons is good. If you're keeping other fish also some hiding spots can be a good idea. Otherwise I've found bettas to be surprisingly peaceful. It's actually other fish who tend to bother them, nipping at their fins.In community tanks, it's really important to look out for any signs of their fins being nipped. At the slightest little nibble, take the betta out. It can get out of hand quickly.

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      Carolyn8585 6 weeks ago

      Maybe he ment a clown loach

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      Mega Rounder 6 weeks ago

      Amanda there is no specific Saltwater betta fishes

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      Amanda 6 weeks ago

      Hey maybe when the "petco fish guy" suggested putting a clown fish with a betta he was talking about the saltwater betta fish.

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      snowball 6 weeks ago

      i have 14 red eye tetras, one snowball pleco, and 3 otto cats, all in 65 gl tank. i being wondering if i should get a betta since i love the red one sooo much since its my favorite color. but im a little concerned just cause im not sure if is the right move or not.

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      Betta 7 weeks ago

      I'm planing on getting a betta but I wanted another so it wouldn't be lonely maybe a betta but I wanted a different tank mate I hope two neon tredras and a betta will fit in s 1 gallon tank

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      Pet Store Girl 7 weeks ago

      I have recently introduced my betta to my two hatching turtles and they get along great. Of course the turtle will be moved to a different tank when they are big enough to not be fed every few hours. But they are the best of friends.

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      fish lover 7 weeks ago

      what I would suggest is not to put anything with a betta untill you have at least a 10 gallon tank since I have a 5 gallon tank I learned my mistake almost right away I got a mystery snail and it got beat up by my betta so any way the only animals I would recommed for a invertabrae because thats the only thing i would recommed to put in a tank less then 10 gallons is a zebra nerite snail or a ghost shrimp and that still is risking alot so i would just get a ten gallon tank and thats why now i am getting a 40 gallon tank

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      ch 7 weeks ago

      can i keep all of these fishes together?

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      Finnedwonders 8 weeks ago

      Gold Dust Mollies are also a bad choice of tankmate for a betta. I got a male Crowntail and three female Gold Dust Mollies July of last year. Within four months Orion (the betta) had killed off the mollies.

      RIP Star, Toast, and Bubbles.

      Orion rules over the 10 gal now.

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      Anna 2 months ago

      Captian, a white to red gradient Double Moon tailed betta, is currently all alone in his tank besides a pirate chest and a pirate ship. I'm trying to figure out something that will keep Captian company but will help in the Alge battle. I have a 5gal tank. ;3; Any suggestions? He's rather docile, hangs out on his little ship and chills at the bottom of his tank to give me a scare. he also likes to just sit and watch me when im chiling at my desk and im pretty sure he likes classical music [dont quiet know since Yuki, my pure white betta, loved nightcore and swim around like shes dancing]

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      Jennifer 2 months ago

      I had a 75 gallon tank with 2 betta fish, an angle fish, 2 gold fish, and mickey mouse fish

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      Cat 2 months ago

      Got a couple of algea eaters with our beta. Theyre non colorful and hang out on the bottom of the tank, so they don't fuss with the beta.

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      Giles 2 months ago

      I had a betta with an african dwarf frog until the frog killed my betta. Im not sure when it would attack but my bettas fins were clearly nipped and the betta always tried to avoid the frog.

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      Angela Garcia 2 months ago

      I have a Betta , in the tank with her i have two Mickey Mouse fish 2 plecos 1 catfish and two snails , I have a 20 gallon tank

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      issac 2 months ago

      i found an awesome companion for my betta, the algae eater! when i got it, the betta and the algae eater (gills jr. and steve) are best buds! heck, gills Jr. moves the rocks to help steve find food!

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      Alyx 2 months ago

      I recently bought two ghost shrimp to add to my crowntail's tank because of an ongoing algae issue, and one of them didn't even make it an hour. I wasn't sure if it jumped out of the tank or if he attacked it until I realized his belly was suspiciously fat. It's been a few days now, and the other one is still alive and happily grazing and even out and about! Betta doesn't seem to mind this one, and thankfully it is a pretty big one (the other wasn't even an inch, this one is about an inch and a quarter) so I have hopes it'll live. I plan on purchasing another large ghost or two, and a zebra snail. Thank you for this article!

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      mag 3 months ago

      I have a beautiful veil tail betta and a lovely rubber lipped pleco and the two of them get along splendidly. Its a joy to watch them together, a lot of time Johnnie (the pleco) will hang up high on the side of the tank where Gilmore (the betta) stays; and Gilmore absolutely loves to chase Johnnie's pellets but doesn't actually eat them. I will say that Gilmore isn't a very aggressive little guy, though is a show off.

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      Ceyla 3 months ago

      OMG. I read this article and the next day, my dad took me to the closest aquatics store and we picked up a beautiful zebra fish! She’s enjoying eating all the dirt in their 1-gallon kingdom

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      Ceyla  3 months ago

      To anyone worried about their Bettas sitting on the bottom, consider these things: 1. Water temp. 2. Good food? 3. Bettas are lazy. 3. Enough space? 4. Look up symptoms of a sick Betta. Do you notice any of these? I hope this helped.

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      Don’t know girl 3 months ago

      I have one Betta but I am scared to put any other fish in there should I keep it like that or should I get another fish. I love fish and I love my Betta but is he worth it?!?!

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      kool 3 months ago

      mabie the other fish are eating the food and the betta is hungry?

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      Anonymous 3 months ago

      I have 3 female betta fish, 1 ghost shrimp, and 7 guppies one of which is a baby. I was told that they would work fine together, and they have been doing just that for almost a week now besides one casualty of a guppy witch after reading this article sounds like a betta murder. The betta's also like to chase the baby around but can never catch him. I am actually concerned about one of my bettas who is laying on the gravel and not really moving. Any thoughts?

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       3 months ago

      I put neon tetras in my tank and my female betta ate them both what happened?

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      tabbymichaels 3 months ago

      @tortillatwinsma69 / @animallover_101 / @betta love

      First @Betta Love, you never put goldfish in with other fish, first goldfish need a lot of space partly because of the high ammonia levels they give off will kill the other fish, and themselfs if in a crowded or small tank.

      @animallover_101 You need to do some more reading on bettas before you run out and buy bruce and if you already did im sure he is already dead. Betta fish do need heaters, do need filters and I wouldn't put one in less than a 5 gallon tank. They are tropical fish that come from Thailand yes they come from more shallow water than a lot of other fish but if you ever seen pictures of people standing in the rice patties that bettas live in that water is thigh to waist high.

      Last @tortillatwinsma69 how did you get a 4.0 gpa and not be able to read. the site says DO NOT put with long finned overly colorful fish. you own fault dude.

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      Emma 3 months ago

      I have a 2.5 gallon tank. In the tank I have one female betta and one male black molly. I just put them in the tank one day ago and they seem to be very good together. I just wanted to suggest that you could also get a black molly to put in with your betta.

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      nina 3 months ago

      i put both of my girl betta fish together and they almost ate each other what the ****

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      ScooterGirl 3 months ago

      A ten gallon tank for a school of 12 tetras? Sounds to me you’re like so many people who see fish as completely disposable pets.

      BTW, THIRTY gallon long for a school of tetras if you want them to be able to come close to resembling wild schooling behavior.

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      Cj 3 months ago

      to answer madrys question is that all of the fish in one tiny 2.5 gallon tank well not work you're Betta well get very mad

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      Cas 3 months ago

      My two girls bettas get along well with my three spoted catfish.

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      @george_cory_tetra on instagram 4 months ago

      I have a male betta called Joesph and he gets along with all of my fish, even the rosy tetra and the white skirt tetras which have a reputation of fin nipping bettas, my betta fish is very calm and doesn't bother any of the fish. The problem is I have a very strong filter that keeps on pushing the betta down the tank and crashes him into the glass, I ended up putting him in a net breeder tank by himself so he doesn't get pulled over by the filter and crashes in the glass, what can I do now as he seems very unhappy in the net breeder tank, I am planning on putting him in a glass bowl at 24 degrees celsius on the heater, is what I am going to do right? Please say in the comments below.

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      Mabry 4 months ago

      i just got a crowntail betta and i was wondering, can i put ghost shrimp in there? Also, i have a 2.5 gal tank. And, what kind of bottom feeder fish can i put in there? are any of those even a good idea?

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      Raven 4 months ago

      To answer Michelle's question, no betta fish cannot go with angelfish. They will constantly pick fights with each other and both of them will nib at each other's fins.

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      carol 4 months ago

      i found this info so helpful thank you

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      Corey 4 months ago

      Anyone try a glass fish

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      Michelle 4 months ago

      Can angel fish go with betta

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      Bob say hi 4 months ago

      I am thinking about putting things in a 5 gallon with a Cory cats and 5 neons and a nerite snail. Idk if I can...

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      Genie 4 months ago

      I keep my male Betta with molly fish and mystery snails.

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      john 4 months ago

      I have a shark fish and it gets alonge with my male betta

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      Jazzz 4 months ago

      My betta has been in a tank with platys, mystery snails, and variations of city catfish. He has been peaceful with them all and even swam with them at times. He did however, eat all of my ghost and cherry shrimp.

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      ILikeSushi 4 months ago

      I ate my beta . Muahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

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      Anonymous 4 months ago

      Where can I find a harlequin rasbora?

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      Krissybabe 5 months ago

      Tortillatwinsma69, the article clearly states that guppies do not do well with Bettas. It says they are too flashy and will likely be attacked and killed. Don’t blame others for your lack of comprehension.

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      ronaldthebetta 5 months ago

      I've had my betta ronald, 4 glo fish (peter , clark, barry, regina), 2 neon tetras (diana and kara) and 2 ghost fish (thing 1 and thing 2) living in a 5 gallon tank for 4 months with no problems at all. They play together and no one has gotten sickness or bad even in hired..Like the article says it honestly depends on your your betta! Ronald is a lazy fish and as much as i like i've him i knew he did isn't but care or have the stamina to chase my other fishes. YOu gotta pay attention and play certain things by ear!

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      tortillatwinsma69 5 months ago

      DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS SITE!!! THEY ARE LIARS!! My poor neon guppies were eaten by my beta fish. They were viscously attacked upon introduction to the tank. My beta fish, Salsa, violently ripped the eyes and a chunk out of my two guppies, the Tortilla Twins, and all of them were cleaned up by my poccasumus, Black Beans, who just barely was able to survive the slaughter as my month Queso watched in horror. If only I’d known before I spent almost 4 whole dollars on those guppies. LISTEN TO ME AND SAVE YOUR MONEY. I AM A RELIABLE FISH OWNER (well not anymore) AND YOU CAN TRUST ME!!! AND I HAVE 4.0 GPA!!

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      necopleco 5 months ago

      I got neon tetra in one gallon tank two died three are still living

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      Rebeltanker91 5 months ago

      I added a couple endlers to my male beta tank (almost 5 gal) and no issues. Endlers live bearer are good hardy fish that can generally handle most conditions, like guppies, except not as bright or big.

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      marlan 6 months ago

      betta fish can live with guppies bc my betta is in a tank only for my guppies so to be honest start with guppies bc it helps make the betta more social!!!!

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      Zoë 6 months ago

      Iv got a 22gal long tank, densely planted with floating plants, moss and others. Wood and rock. Iv got a rescue betta in there, (his only young) with 4, 3yr old green tiger barbs and a grumpy phantom tetra my uncle passed off onto me. Everything is going fine iv had no problems. It's not exactly what I would have gone for but I think it's better than the tiny bowl he was in with no filter or heater.

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      nina 6 months ago

      i have all those fish

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      Alex 6 months ago

      Please don't dump plecos when they get too big. My whole undergraduate research was on sailfin armored catfish ( not true catfish but plecos) who were invasives introduced by the aquarium trade. They can grow to 11-12in and as big as 24 in the wild.

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      Raven Leo Goldenhawk 6 months ago

      I did put some puntius nigrofasciatus's into my aquarium.Both are freshwater fishes.They aren't co-exist in the same nature as they are from different countries,but they did adjust to the conditions I provided.

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      Helper 6 months ago

      If you have a 1 gallon tank for a Betta you should upgrade to at least a 3 gallon for the fish's health. Also if you have a 1 gallon there isn't enough space to introduce more fish friends....

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      Tiffany B 6 months ago

      This was so helpful! Thanks!

      I have had my Betta for year. Golddean is part of the family.

      Lol, if it was me I'd be lonely so I want to get him/her a friend without harming him.

      I'd be so upset if something happened.

      I'm going to look into zebra snails, ghost shrimp, bristlenose plecos or neon tetras, they all seem like great ideas!

      Thanks again!

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      Sofia 6 months ago

      So should i get a neon tetra

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      Anthony 7 months ago

      i tried to use neon tetras recently and every one of the 6 died. Either my betta ate them or they just died from something else. i only actually found the corpses of 2 of them. the other 4 are just missing and they haven't come out at all in days. My betta and pleco are fine though. Also every time my betta went after a tetra while i was watching him he couldn't catch them. Should i just try to get more or do i now need to remove my betta from the tank until i get more fish to put in my big tank?

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      Alexandra 7 months ago

      Can I have glow fish in the tank with my male beta fish?

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      Anon 7 months ago

      @Need help

      You will need a bigger tank. Check your local thrift store. I got what I think is a 20 gallon long tank for 8 dollars. Also, Petco or Petsmart has a sale where you can buy a 10 gallon for ten dollars, or a 5 gallon for $5, or a 30 gallon for $30...

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      V Gauthier 7 months ago

      I have 8 cardinal tetras and 3 otocinclus with my male Betta in a 20 gallon well-planted tank. So far, so good.

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      Need help 7 months ago

      I recently bought a crow tail betta and it lives in a 1 gallon tank with a filter and 1 decorative plant and I want to get a tank mate could I or will I need a bigger tank

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      New fish owner 7 months ago

      I recently got a male crown tail betta and he looks lonely he lives in a 1 gallon tank could I put any other fish in with him?

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      amanda 7 months ago

      I have normal corys with my betta now but I have had mollies, guppies (they were aggressive towards him) in a ten gallon tank.

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      Yash 7 months ago

      Hii! I have a small tank with a male betta and a young molly. They are very peaceful with each other and it seems like they are having fun. So maybe you should try to add mollies to the list. Thanks!

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      nabhan 8 months ago

      black ghost knife is among the best fish i had cuz he can go to all fish from cichlids to betta and also oscar very beautiful and if train properly can be hand fed

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      N/A 8 months ago

      African Dwarf Frog definitely was. It friendly. My Beta is not really aggressive and when I tried to put them in the same tank they started fighting.

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      Manith 8 months ago

      Black ghost knife fish

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      n/a 8 months ago

      Believe it or not, I actually got my Betta when he was probably only half an inch. I introduced him to a couple of Neon tetras, a baby Albino Pleco, and 2 male guppies. They all seem to be working out well and the betta just roams the tank showing no hostility towards any of the other fishes. I think that when you expose a baby (or not-matured) size betta to other fishes, they will learn overtime that there is no reason for the betta itself to be hostile or alert to them. Then again, those fishes are on average the usual tank mates of a betta. As mentioned that the male guppies are never to be placed in the same tank as a betta, I strongly believe it's how you take care of your betta and how the betta was when you bought it. Now it's been 4 years and all those guys have been getting along very well, not getting in each others way.

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      Nameless 8 months ago

      I have my betta, named stitch, with 20 amano shrimp, around 25 Crystal red shrimp and around 5 blue dream shrimp for a few weeks, everything is going fine. Stitch is more interested in stealing the shrimps' food than eating the actual shrimp.

      he does however attempt to catch one, once in a while. but he has not succeeded so far

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      SomeName 8 months ago

      We had a tank with beta fishes some time ago. we decided to place there some neon fishes. A couple of days ago we saw that some neons were swimming without eyes. It was very scary to watch. Our male Beta fish was beating their eyes one by one killing them with a slow death.

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      Jamie 9 months ago

      My betta lived peacefully with a Cory, some platys and some plain looking danios. He died just last week after living a long and happy life.

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      colleen proctor 9 months ago

      my kitten. she goes up to visit him everyday and he rushes up to see her. she licks the water then I put his food in and they are happy. this has been going on for four months. viggo is in a 1 gallon bowl with a few river rocks and one plastic plant. I put a mirror against the tank after he eats and he attacks "the other fish" sometimes I leave it for a couple of days. he has gotten huge and a beautiful red. angie plays with him by grabbing the bottom of the bowl then touching the water with her paw. he swims up to her paw and touches her..the minute she jumps next to his bowl he swims right up to her. lately he has been blowing a lot of bubbles in his bowl. I think my viggo wants a woman!!! but, I clean it every week, I need it to be clear. anyway that is how angie and I keep our viggo not bored...( my husband keeps saying he is going to be gone one day but aren't we all??)..he seems to be having fun right now and I know fish don't live that long anyway......

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      Amir 9 months ago

      I had 2 gold fish in my tank. Now one is gone. Does any one know what happend.

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      Patty 9 months ago

      I just added 2 Cory fish with my betta today, did everything right they looked good my betta didn't care much. I woke up at 345 am cause I could t sleep well and I decide to stare at my tank cause it's relaxing and I notice there was only 1 Cory fish and the other one was missing, I checked around checked all of the decorations around the plants all over the substrate and I didn't find it and honestly it's only been 5 hrs since I got them idk what the heck happen he just vanished any idea what may have happened?

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      Sam 9 months ago

      I would not keep ANY of these fish with a betta, except snails or ghost shrimp. Except if you have a very large aquarium. I'm talking about 50-100g.

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      Cmor8350 9 months ago

      I've had my Betta male in fish tank for a month and they get along well.

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      9 months ago

      What size tank do you recommend for 1 betta, 2 or 3 ghost shrimp, and a zebra snail?

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      9 months ago

      If I have just a Betta, should I put a filtration system? If not, do I need to add one if I put zebra snails and ghost shrimp?

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      wolfman jenkins 9 months ago

      As a 20-0 champion fighter bettafish he will have a fight tank and a civil fishtank the civil fishtank is so he can be around and check on the neon Tetras and platy fish. And if there is a opponent fight he will go back to the fight tank to defend his champion title.

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      kath 10 months ago

      thanks for the info

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      mccormick 10 months ago

      thanks for the info

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      Mary P 10 months ago

      I have had up to 3 bettas, each in their own gallon home with dechlorinated water and philodendrons. Currently, my problem is that I have 2 betas in their own environments, but algae are becoming a problem. I change the water 1/3 at a time + completely change the aquarium water as needed. I use the water to feed my land-bound plants, along with egg shells and tea water. The plants flourish and so do the fish. Now, however, algae has built up and I wonder how to control their presence in the 1 gal space per fish. I use tap water, allowed 8+ hours to dechlorinate, before putting the betas back in their homes. I think the plants have algae among their roots and that's the problem, though the homes get indirect sunlight most of the day, then lamplight when I feed them until I retire for the night, when the room is dark, til sunrise. Thought??

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      eva 10 months ago

      Good idea , I love animal and fishs

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      I am a HUGE fish lover 10 months ago

      I have had a Batta for a couple of months and I did some research on fish that can live with Battas. So I got some Neon Tetras,a Zebra Snail, and a African Dwarf Frog.My Batta gets along with the other fish and has never attacked them or shown any of agressive behavior to the other fish.I am thinking of getting him a bigger tank so I can put him into a bigger community tank.I hope it will work out for him and the other fish.

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      betta love 11 months ago

      So this is my story. I know everyone says be careful with putting other fish with betta's. Well I have a 10 gallon tank and ended up buying a baby female betta. Well she had grown and I got some other fish for her tank. I ended up with a few glofish. One male (yellow) and one pink (femalle). Well my male glofish attacked and killed my betta who was bigger than him. I never thought that genetically mutated gold fish would kill a betta! I was very upset about it because I had adopted my betta when she was a baby and watched her grow up. So be careful!

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      Anonymous 11 months ago

      I have a male betta named Bagel that is in a 5 gallon tank with soft fake plants. The only problem is that the tank gets a lot of algae and I don't have enough time to clean it 3-4 times a week and it desperately needs some kind of "cleaner fish" ( that's what I call fish that eat algae). I have done some research and I'm considering ghost shrimp although I have read on many different sites that large ghost shrimp sometimes nip the fins of slower-moving bettas. And most of the fish I have read about can't live in a 5 gallon tank. The snails however are nice but I'm worried about the snails breeding and some snail reproduce asexually.

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      Gina 11 months ago

      I have 2 neon tetras, a bottom feeder, a male & a female betta, & 3 mollies.all my dishes play around & get along fine☺☺☺☺

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      Amelie 11 months ago

      Right now I have a male betta named Xander. He's been living fine in a mason jar, but I can see he's extremely lonely. I wanted to get him some friends, and I'm considering moving him to a 15 gallon tank with either 4 Cory Fish or 2 Otocinclus Catfish. Does anyone have any recommendations for what I should do? And is a 15 gallon tank enough for the betta and 4 Cory Fish?

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      Jonathan 11 months ago

      I have 2 male betta's and each one in a 3 gallon tank with artificial plants and they look really healthy and happy it's way better than the the mini cups they were in it in the shop

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      Smurf 11 months ago

      I have a betta in a 25 gallon tank with live plants. As well as some of the fish mentioned above and others that weren't. He's super happy, when ever I stand in front of the tank he always swims back and forth showing off his beautiful colors.

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      Chickadee 11 months ago

      I keep plants and nothing else in a 5 gallon with my betta. He is happy and healthy and does not seem to be lonely. At least he is out of the "cup of death" he was in at the pet store. I prefer to buy from vendors that show their bettas in tanks with the other fish even if in a separate screened in box, but sometimes you just see a fish you cannot leave in the store.

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      Jan 11 months ago

      I have a 5 gallon tank with some live plants filter, heater and big rocks that provide a hiding space under them. Since i added two Otocinclus Catfish i havent had any problems. They clean the glass and gravel perfectly, they are small enough (he sometimes chases them but they have no problems at all)

      Hope this will help

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      We just purchased a baby male betta we have a 1 gallon tank we also got the filter and we purchased the water cleaner that you do once a week if your water is dirty my problem is is I purchased marble 12 months ago

      we just purchased a tiny mil beta we put in a solid color marble for the bottom I noticed my betta was hiding or stuck one of the two in the marbles so for now on I'm scared was he stuck or was he just down there hiding because was he stuck or was he just down there hiding because an hour later I saw him doing the same thing we also have a filter that puts out quite a bit of air it's the smallest one you can buy but I do believe we are going to take a clip so it doesn't make the top of the water so wavy but I am still concerned with the marbles we bought from Michaels we cleaned them off really well but they also blend in with our beta there kind of aqua color when I found him this morning I thought he was dead stuck in between a marble but once I move the marble he got right up and swam around like nothing was wrong so what might be going on thank you Kellyi....

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      BettaMomma 12 months ago

      PrincessAqua: In a 1-2 gallon space, I'd recommend shrimp but absolutely nothing else.

      I'd even recommend a larger space for your fish - places like Petco and Petsmart carry very stylish 2.5 gallon+ tanks with filtration and light built right in for less than $50! You can also get a full 10 gallon kit for only $30 or so.

      Just like a garden, the more you take care of and provide for your fish, the more beautiful and fascinating he or she will become.



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