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Tankmates for Your Betta

What Fish Will Your Betta Get Along With?

So you've got a betta, and your tank is looking a little lonely. All you have is one little betta, however pretty, swimming around in the vast expanses of his tank.

Of course you want to put more fish in the tank, so your betta can have friends....

Unfortunately, the betta is a fighter. He'll kill many different types of fish if he believes they're a threat to his tank. Below, we'll discuss possible species of fish that your betta will likely get along with.

How Many Fish?

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 five-gallon tank, you can have up to five one-inch-long fish in it for optimal living conditions. If you want more fish in your tank, 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 end up with sick or dead fish in a short time.

CAUTION!!!

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

Pakistani loach
Pakistani loach

Pakistani Loaches

At one time I had a bit of a problem with snails. Tiny little white snails. I had hundreds of them in my tank. I wanted to get rid of them, but I hate the idea of using chemicals in the tank, so I tried to find a fish that eats snails but works well with my betta.

Loaches are great for eating snails. And once your snail problem is taken care of, you can feed the loaches pellets, and they'll happily eat those as well.

These are schooling fish, meaning they instinctively swim together for safety, so when you buy loaches you will need to buy a minimum of three. My betta doesn't even notice they're there, and they happily go about picking snails off my plants, and they root through the gravel trying to find more.

Update: In most cases, loaches will get along fine with your betta, but I have heard that they can be aggressive sometimes, and on rare occasions will attack a betta, eating his fins. If you plan on getting loaches of any kind, keep an eye on them and remove them if necessary.

Ghost shrimp
Ghost shrimp

Ghost Shrimp

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

For the most part, 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 your betta a tasty snack. However, there is still a fairly good chance that your betta will leave them alone, and your ghost shrimp won't pester your betta, and they'll live together well.

Ghost shrimp aren't very expensive anyway, so if your betta does pick them off every once in a while, it doesn't cost much to replace them. In a three-gallon tank, you might put eight to ten ghost shrimp in with your betta, at a cost of about $5.00. Select the biggest shrimp at the pet store, so they are more likely to survive.

Ghost shrimp females do get pregnant very easily, but 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 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. You just have to try to find out how well your shrimp do.

Zebra snail (Neritina natalensis)
Zebra snail (Neritina natalensis) | Source

Zebra Snails

Also great for keeping your tank clean, the zebra snail is small and unobtrusive, but quite pretty, for a snail. A single zebra snail will happily clean the algae from a two- to three-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.

Bristlenose pleco
Bristlenose pleco

Bristlenose Plecos

Bristlenose plecos are great for betta tanks—for a while. They're very shy, so will tend to avoid your betta anyway, and will hide in whatever is available if you come near their tank. They are fairly drab in color, but still interesting fish.

Your pleco and your betta will most likely leave each other alone. And your pleco will attack all the debris and extra food that your betta drops to the bottom of the tank, leaving a nice clean tank.

The downside to plecos is that they 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.

Neon tetra
Neon tetra

Neon Tetras

Neon tetras are beautiful fish, with a blue and red stripe that almost seems 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, and so they mostly stay away from your betta.

This does mean, however, that you will need to buy food that your tetras can eat. Hikari makes a great food for them, and your betta will probably eat it as well. It floats on the surface of the tank for a bit, 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....

There is one caution I do want to make about neon tetras, however. Tetras are schooling fish. You need an absolute minimum of six tetras in your tank, and twelve is better. This means, of course, that you need a tank big enough for them. A one-gallon tank will not do. For these fish, I would recommend a ten-gallon tank, to give a dozen or more enough room.

African dwarf frog
African dwarf frog

African Dwarf Frogs

African dwarf frogs can make great tankmates for a betta. 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. Make sure they have are plenty of places to hide.

Dwarf Frogs are also passive eaters. They have their own food requirements, and cannot survive on a diet of betta pellets, so watch 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.

Bad Ideas: Fish Who Should *NOT* Share a Betta Tank

I get lots of suggestions for tankmates. 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 this offends you, but when I receive suggestions from pet store employees, who should know better, that endanger a living creature, I get upset.

  • Guppies

    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 pretty much certain to be attacked and killed by your betta. Female guppies are fairly drab, so they may work in a tank, but your mileage may vary.

  • Goldfish

    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. And even if your betta does get along with them, goldfish are a bad idea. They're dirty fish, and will upset your water pH very quickly, leading to a dead or diseased betta.

  • Clownfish

    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, and makes recommendations to people in real life, and is considered trustworthy on the subject. This is why I don't buy fish from major chain pet stores.

A Betta Lover's Guide

If you're on this page, chances are you have a new betta and are struggling to keep him healthy. This is why you need 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.

Your Tank

What tankmates do you have in your betta tank?

  • Tetras
  • Snails
  • Plecos
  • African Dwarf Frog
  • Ghost Shrimp
  • Something not on the list (Tell us what)
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Do you have any suggestions for betta tankmates I haven't listed yet? Submit your suggestion here, and thank you! =)

Other suggestions 352 comments

anonymous 7 years ago

How about Corydora Catfish?


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Reymus 7 years ago Author

After checking, I do have to say that Corydora Catfish are also a good tankmate for bettas. They are small and unaggressive, and help keep your tank clean. It is recommended you have at least 3 of them in a tank though, as they do like the company.

Your betta should pretty much ignore them, as they are not very colorful, and therefore not a threat to him.


anonymous 7 years ago

My betta lives in a 3 gallon picotope with 3 corydoras, 2 plant shrimp, a pleco and 2 mollys. We had tetras, but they were annoying him.


anonymous 7 years ago

Iwouldn't give any betta the opportunity to get near ghost shrimp. My male betta bluey attacked and ripped all the shrimp carcasses in half. Oh and are hermit crabs good tankmates. Please let me know.


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Reymus 7 years ago Author

[in reply to Aaron] Absolutely this could happen. I've heard of people that can't keep ghost shrimp in their betta tank at all, while I've had no trouble, for the most part. My betta leaves the ghost shrimp alone, unless I go away for a couple of days and am unable to feed him.

However, your mileage may vary.


anonymous 7 years ago

i am thinking about getting a ghost shrimp to go with my male betta but i'm scared that he might eat it.what should i do/


anonymous 7 years ago

you know how you said you can put neons and a sucker with a betta? what would be the minimum tank size to house this lot?


Bettaluver 6 years ago

I getting a 5 gallon tank for my betta with a filter its really nice but i thinking getting a gost shrimp or Neon Tetras or maybe a snail and dose anyone have a tip witch one is better please leave a comment thanks for reading.


anonymous 6 years ago

I have not had problems with ghost shrimp and bettas. When I did the combo I was worried that there might be a problem, but the betta only followed the shrimp around the tank for an hour figuring out what the heck the weird looking thing was, then ignored it there after. But each betta is different, so you'd really just have to get one and try. At least ghost shrimp are cheap. 50 cents and if it works, great! If not, you're not out a ton of money.

And hermit crabs are not good tank mates for bettas! Hermit crabs that live in water are all saltwater creatures, they die in fresh. Or there are land hermit crabs, which would not be in the bettas water. No way the two could mix.


anonymous 6 years ago

I have had 2 betta fish in 2 months so far, and they die for no reason! One, I was bringing down to clean his tank out because I don't have a filter, but he randomly died as I walked into the kitchen! The one before him was a female, and she died after I cam ehome from vacation because nobody red her :( but please tell me why my second one died, and one of my friends had a betta fish and a lionfish or something like that and one of them ate the other, and that one died from overfeeding. The pet person said they would get along....would they? Thanks...


anonymous 6 years ago

@anonymous: though I am by no means an expert, I would say that it is likely that the beta could have been overstressed and died. The only other option is that possibly the ph levels in the water you use for the tank are dangerously high, in which case there are test strips you can use to test this hunch. There are also some petstores that will do a quick test of your water too.


anonymous 6 years ago

@anonymous: don't. get some dwarf frogs and a sucker. dwarves are really good with betas. they live under water.


anonymous 6 years ago

dwarf frogs are excellent and live under water. they are tiny!!!!!


anonymous 6 years ago

I don't have any new suggestions, but I wanted to say that this page was very helpful. I just finished set up of a 5.5 gallon tank for my Betta. It has 1 male Betta, 4 plants, 10 neon tetras, and about 8 ghost shrimp. They all seem to be getting along very well, and my Betta is more active than ever. Also at the bottom I have a few sea shells as hiding places for all of them.


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patrickbrianone 6 years ago

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anonymous 6 years ago

I've housed my bettas with mollies, platy, tetras, rasboras, snails, ghost shrimp...they just don't seem to do well with any cichlid types (angelfish style) which attack them and all other tank mates!! I've found that if you take a little time to see which bettas are calm in the store in their containers (not flipping out when they see other bettas through their cups)...you can find a chilled out one that will be nice in the tank!! :-D


anonymous 6 years ago

i just got about 12 ghost shrimp to put with my betta but i only put one in there for this week to see if the betta will eat it and i put the other 11 in my other tank and its about 20 gallons. by the way don't put ghost shrimp with a fantail gold fish that loves to eat.


anonymous 6 years ago

The Common Goldfish is a good tank mate for the betta. I work in a department store and noticed 2 bettas in the goldfish tank, although I have no idea how they got in there. (and the other beta must've been a female) The bettas didn't bother the goldfish none and vice versa, they just swam together. :)


anonymous 6 years ago

I just got my betta in his new home, a 6.6 gallon tank. How many ghost shrimp, and tetras could I have in there...and would a dwarf frog be happy with them to? Oh, and I read somewhere that there is a white cloud fish that usually does ok with bettas but is also a top fish so you have to make sure theres enough room/hiding space for mr/mrs betta not to get stressed, sounds like an interesting fish. Thanks for the good info!


anonymous 6 years ago

@anonymous: Yeah... The white cloud minnow does go good with betas. Other good tank mates for betas are danios angelfish and rasboras. An African dwarf frog would be happy in there. I hope your fish are happy together!


anonymous 6 years ago

@anonymous: that all depends on the betta.. mine does NOT like common goldfish however fancy goldfish such as a black moor or california fantail are fine


anonymous 6 years ago

i have 2 male bettas, 1 in a 10 gallon tank on his own (just bought him today) and the other is in a 65 gallon tank with over 50 fish. these are a bolivian ram, sailfin pleco, neon tetras, black neons, glass catfish, serpae tetras, kuhli loaches, mollies and guppies. he isn't bothered by any of them


anonymous 6 years ago

@anonymous: I couldn't help noticing, 5.5 gallons is way too small to house so many fish! It should be 1 gallon per 2 inches of fish


anonymous 6 years ago

I have a male and a female betta in a 26 gallon bow tank along with a common pleco, a german blue angelfish and a rainbow fish. All get along just fine.


anonymous 6 years ago

@anonymous: Your tank is a little overstocked. In a 5.5 only about 6 tetras max would fit, without the shrimp or betta. I suggest upgrading to a 15 gallon or returning the tetras.


anonymous 6 years ago

mystery snails also leave the tank clean and don't bother bettas.


anonymous 6 years ago

@anonymous: for ghost shrimp you could have about 10-20 if you wanted.and tetras probably 4-5. and yes im sure a dwarf frog would be happy in there too. good luck!


anonymous 6 years ago

I got a Betta fish about 2 months ago, and I want to find a friend for it, my friend mentioned an african dwarf frogs. i am going to try it one of these days.


anonymous 5 years ago

I've had bettas in community tanks with no problems most of the time. Some bettas are aggressive to anything, while the majority are fairly tolerant. I've mixed all kinds of fish and had success. In general stay away from any fish with flowing fins like the betta, such as the male guppy, they seem to see them like male bettas. As long as it is a fairly peaceful community fish you should have few problems.


anonymous 5 years ago

hi guys, i have 5 female bettas and 4 common goldfish along with one male betta and 3 algea eaters in a ten gallon tank. they all get along fine the biggest problem i've had is with the Whisper Filter i have, it keeps catching my goldfish whenever they swim to close. is there a better filter i could use?


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: Yes, you can use a sponge filter. its silent and doesent suck your fish in! You can MIGHT find it in any fish store. They can also blend in with the decoration, if you don't like a random black filter poking out of the ground!!!!! ^__^


anonymous 5 years ago

bettas will do very well in community tanks, and you can house multiple males together provided there are no females and you have the right conditions for numerous males. this can get costly, but will be a very beautiful tank. if the tank is large enough, and there are lots of plants you can have large numbers of male bettas together. i have a 125gallon tank, almost two grand worth of live plants and 75 crowntail male bettas in the same tank.


anonymous 5 years ago

Kyle, I'd like to see a picture of your tank, sounds beautiful.


anonymous 5 years ago

I currently have my Halfmoon betta is a tank with two bronze cory cats. I was so nervous about adding the corys but when i did they all started schooling together. Everyone sleeps on leaves close to each other and swims around together all over my 5 gallon. The corys do an awesome job cleaning up forgotten food my betta neglects to eat


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: I'd be careful adding ghost shrimp to be honest. I had 5 in my 5 gallon aquarium and they started attacking my halfmoons fins when he swam 2 close. needless to say they were quickly removed from the betta tank and tossed into my cichlid tank to fend for themselves.


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: that's pretty crowded for a 10 gallon..


zoey_grace 5 years ago

very informative...i'm going to show this post to my husband! thanks! =)


anonymous 5 years ago

For neon tetras, "a dozen or more enough room"? 12 neon tetras and a betta in a 5-gallon tank?! This set-up requires at least a 15-gallon tank. Neon tetras cannot be kept in anything less than a 10-gallon tank; they are fast, active schooling fish that require more than a 5-gallon for swimming space and optimal health. A 5-gallon provides just enough room for a betta and a mystery snail or shrimp. Any additional tankmate(s) demand an upgrade to a 10-gallon or more.


anonymous 5 years ago

i just added a male betta to my community tank. it has a black moor a bamboo shrimp two little fish with stripes on them and a mystery snail, oh and a sucker fish in it. the betta seems to be doing great. it sorta' chases the little stripey fish a bit but gives up after a few centimeters. the betta seems fine


anonymous 5 years ago

I have three 2.5 gallon tanks with one each betta and two or three corys. They get along very well with the bettas.


anonymous 5 years ago

Hi just bought a veiltail betta and i was wondering if i could possibly get a female veiltail betta. i heard that male bettas will eat the babies, but will they also beat up the female betta? Also, is there a way to tell if you betta gets pregnant or do you just have to look for the eggs? That way you can move them to a separate tank?


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: No, the male betta will not eat the eggs. He is the caretaker and will chase the female off. Beyond that, unless you have a big enough tank (20+ gal) where the female can hide, he may pester her to mate. Note, though, females have been known to be just as aggressive as males and can kill a male as easily as he can kill her if they're not in breeding season. Best thing: Don't keep them together.

Bettas aren't livebearers. The female will carry eggs but the male needs to be present to fertilize them as she deposits them.


anonymous 5 years ago

I just wanted to add on something about the ghost shrimp. You had said 78 degrees F is about their limit. However, I have found that in both of my tropical community tanks, that in a temperature of 80 degrees F they seem to do do just fine, in fact mine seem to thrive and are very active. I have noticed (and this of course could just be that my shrimp are an odd few out of the norm) that in the cooler 76-78 Degrees F range, they tend to just stand still and don't move around hardly at all. So maybe a little warmer for the ghost shrimp is okay.


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Kenken99 LM 5 years ago

Very nice lens, full of very colorful pictures. Nice job!


anonymous 5 years ago

African Dwarf frogs get along with betas too! I had two living with my betta in his five gallen tank. You have to keep the water warm though because the frogs will stop eating if they get too cold and could starve :(


anonymous 5 years ago

i think that bettas are lovely creatures and look amazing. bettas live alone, but don't mind a few fish that wont bother him. neon tetra are fin nippers so i wouldn't recommend them. cardinal tetra are a better option than neon tetra. i recommend any of the following-

cardinal tetra, bleeding heart tetra, neon or dwarf rainbow fish, corydoras catfish, small plecos, and small loaches.


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archangelptx 5 years ago

Very informative lens! I used to have a few Bettas myself.


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LizMac60 5 years ago from United Kingdom

i'm not a fishy person but I enjoyed seeing these fish.


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georgegannon 5 years ago

great lens dude!! inspired me to publish my lens on betta fish diseases!!

feel free to check it out http://www.squidoo.com/bettadiseases

thanks again for the inspiration!


anonymous 5 years ago

i have a school of 14 neon tetras, two bristlenose pleco's and three assassin snails in the same tank as my betta and other than one scrap between the betta and the male pleco (to see who was boss) they all gety along very well


anonymous 5 years ago

Corydoras and rainbow sharks are also good!


anonymous 5 years ago

Just got our first Beta today, had a 25 gallon tank with a pleco in it, had lots of other I bought from walmart, all died within a few days. So I had a tank with a fish that hides all the time. Got the Beta and they are getting along well. :-)


anonymous 5 years ago

I'm glad you mention how large a Pleco can get. If kept in a small tank, like under 25 gallons, their body doesn't grow, but the organs do and they die a slow painful death. Anyway, I got my betta and about a day later added a Bumblebee Platy. They are doing just fine together.


nealberk 5 years ago

Zebra danios are a great pair-up. They are totally peaceful and too fast for the betta to mess with.

Not sure about neons. Many are purchased when very small and might be eaten.

Regular plecos are a no go in most small tanks. If you insist on a pleco, definitely go for a dwarf variety. Besides, being a lot smaller and slower growing, the dwarfs are far more colorful.


anonymous 5 years ago

My betta killed two neon tetras but grabbing by the tail and shaking them. How cruel.


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Caromite 5 years ago

Nice lens:) I like the frog^^ I love pleckos also, but unfortunately my tanks are to small for most pleckos.

I have a little remark - the betta won't eat the shrimp eggs, but the little shrimp itself. Shrimp carry the eggs under the tail, so the betta isn't ablo to eat them without eating the whole ghost shrimp ;)

Have a nice weekend :)


bettabuddy123 5 years ago

@anonymous: wow my snail crawled out of the tank


anonymous 5 years ago

I just got a betta and he seems fine in his 2 litre tank along with 5 neon tetras is this pushing it the seem fine.


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Reymus 5 years ago Author

@anonymous: a 2 litre tank is certainly too small for even just a betta. Having 5 neon tetras in there too makes it way too crowded. Think about it this way: Your fish all pee and poop in that water. They then breathe that water. In order to keep the tank clean enough, you'd need at least twice daily water changes. I'd recommend though that you upgrade to a minimum of a 5 gallon tank for that many fish.

Check out my other lens http://hubpages.com/animals/bettaprogram for more information about betta tanks.


anonymous 5 years ago

I don't have a tank right now but I had a large tank with one male beta, 7 plattys, a small school of neon tetras, a few Otocinclus, and a some upside down catfish. I also had a 10 gallon with a Betta some Platys and a couple cory cats.

I've been told they do well with pearl Gouramis but I haven't tried this. I wouldn't house them with any other type of Gourami though. I found my Bettas had no interest in other species of fish. Once I figured this out I just concentrated on not buying fish that would chase or nip my Betta and all was well.


anonymous 5 years ago

My very friendly Betta is in with 4 ottos, 5 balloon mollies, 4 amano shrimp, 7 cherry red shrimp, 3 bronze corydaoras, 2 sterbai corydoras & 2 leopard corydoras. He's had various tank mates over the course of my Betta's life and never had any problems ?


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: hey, i just want to quickly point out that five fish in two litres, is a little bit crule to your fish, as they need the space to move grow. they might be able to survive, but they wont have a long happy life. in the interest of your fish, i would look for something a little bit bigger


anonymous 5 years ago

My female betta is tankmates with 3 ottos and one bushynose pleco in my 20 gallon tank. They are peaceful and i never have problems with that.


anonymous 5 years ago

nice tribute to the beta fish! earned a 'thumbs up' from this reader tonight.


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: My betta made the lives of my neons living heck after finding one dead, I removed the rest and gave them a small tank of their own


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: The Black Moor is a cold water goldfish and does not belong. A betta requires a heated tank. I'm a goldfish lover, but I have bettas, too. They have completely different requirements in environment and diet.


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a balloon molly and a dalmatian molly in a 5-gallon tank with my betta. They chase each other around but never actually get into fights, they just play. I've had them together for a few days now and they're all happy as could be! The lady at PetCo tried to tell me I couldn't get fish for my betta to be friends with, but I told her she was wrong. Stand your ground and enjoy your new fishies! (:


anonymous 4 years ago

I have had issues with Tetras Nipping at this fins of bettas. do note that a tetra is a nipping fish


anonymous 4 years ago

Balloon Mollies, Danios, Neons, Platys, Corys, careful of sailfin mollies though my betta didn't like his fin when he was chasing the females.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: A 5 gallon tank for any Molly is CRUEL! Mollies should have minimum of 20 gallons.


anonymous 4 years ago

(Some) Cobalt Gourami, Rummy Nose Tetras, Cherry Barbs, Panda Corey's, catfish, and Algea Eater, I have these in my tank, but fish are like people. It all depends on their personality. If the Betta is mean, put him in "a timeout box" (breeding box) for 2-3 days and that should fix his attitude problem.


anonymous 4 years ago

Iv only just had my Betta for 3 weeks and he seems to be doing fine but i do want to get another fish 2 go in and i was thinking of neon tetra, Does anybody have any idea if this is a good idea?? Im open 2 all help but i do only have a small tank though that's why i thought the tetra wud be a good idea =)


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a tree frog and a beta,i have thought about placing them in a tank together, would thi work out or not?


anonymous 4 years ago

I just transferred my betta to a 15 gallon tank. I'm so new to this. Are tetras really nippers? Any other good ideas for other tank mates?


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I have a betta and 5 neotetra but they are in 10gallons they get along fine they just need plants and space to hide they are kind of shy.But make sure that the neo tetras are not under strees or they will die is easy to know the pink color kind of desapir when they get better the color will be back i also have a bristlenose they all get along


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: neon tetras will make you're tank look very nice and compliment your betta nicely. they are not aggressive(tetras) and should not nip the bettas fins. betta may chase tetra but tetra is faster and its good excersice for both of them. good luck.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: That would end in disaster, as tree frogs are (as their name suggests) arboreal not aquatic. The poor thing would drown.


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a question. I have a Male Beta along with an African Dwarf Frog in a 3 gallon tank. I'm trying to figure out which decorations they would both enjoy. I also am wondering if there might be a 3rd friend I can add to the tank that both the Beta and the Frog wouldn't mind in the future? If someone knows and can answer, that'd be appreciated! Thanks!


anonymous 4 years ago

Harlequins (Rasbora Hets) worked great in my tank with Bettas.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: yes that's fine, i have a one gallon tank(its filtered) but the neons and bettas go great together!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I would add another Dwarf frog...I've had these frogs for years and they seem much happier when they have another frog to play with. They're very social animals and need interaction with others to keep their "pep" up.


anonymous 4 years ago

Can i have a beta,a african dwarf frod, a snail and a shrimp or 2 together?


anonymous 4 years ago

i know you will probs say my tank was too small, but i got a red male beta fish and 2 weeks later added 2 neon tetras. the tank was speccifically made for tetras, so it wasn't that small.... it is probably about 20cm long, 20cm wide, and 25cm tall it has a heater a filter and a good hiding place for my beta. the lady at the fish store said that as long as my beta had that hiding place, the chances of the tetras being attacked was very low. because they are next to my bed, i woke up the next day and there was no trace of them at all. so i have this other tank about 65cm long, 20cm wide, and 25cm tall i was thinking of putting 10-12 neon tetras, 2 bristlenose catfish, and 3-5 guppies is this over crowded, not going to work, etc. pls help :)


anonymous 4 years ago

My male crowntail is getting along just fine with... 5 other female bettas, a foot long pleco, a breeding pair of angel fishes, a school of platys, a fat ryukin goldfish that eats leftovers and ... Another male betta! It's a super delta and my males are very passive to each other. And the tank is well planted with lots of hiding places.


BettaGirl 4 years ago

@anonymous: The 10 gallon tank is small for the variety and number of fish you have. Your fish will not continue to live their full lifespan. Although it may seem alright, they're swimming, they appear healthy, you certainly have to keep a close eye on them. Goldfish produce a lot of waste and if not kept with high maintenance could cause harm to both themselves and your tropical fish. If you insist on keeping the 10 gallon, just make sure the PH levels are low, definitely. Also for your filter problem; If your goldfish are getting caught, it is most likely, the bettas can as well. With such a small tank, this problem is entirely inevitable, they're going to pass any filter you put in. Look into getting an undergravel filter, you will not have to worry.


BettaGirl 4 years ago

@Bettaluver: Tetras are nippy, when schooled, and in only a 5 gallon tank (which is too small for them anyway) they will definitely cross your betta. I would experiement with the ghost shrimp first, as everyone is suggesting here. It all depends on your betta's personality, they are different. If your betta is aggressive, he may nip them or even eat them, whereas in more calm bettas, they'll just stalk the shrimp for a little bit then leave them be. I have 2 bettas in their own 5 gallon tanks. One of my bettas (the halfmoon) does not mind the 3 ghost shrimp I have in his tank. But my King male betta immediately attacked and nipped at the 2 I put in his tank. (The King is very active and aggressive) But He does not bother the 2 dwarf frogs I put in his tank, at first I was very nervous cause the King is big as well, watching him swim over and curve to observe the frogs made me skeptical. I loved watching him though, as I said, bettas have their own personalities. I'm sorry for making this long, just wanted to be descriptive. All in all, it depends on your betta. But I recommend experiementing with the shrimp because they are cheap, buy about 2 or 3 and see how they do. ^^


BettaGirl 4 years ago

@anonymous: neons are incredibly active, bettas need their own space and the depending on the sucker (placos for instance get huge) this all will ultimately equal up to your tank size. If you want these, I'd say the minimum would be a 15gallon. A lot of people look at the fish then look at the tank and make a face. I know, seems too much, but in the end you will have happy and healthy fish. Anything even smaller than a 10 gallon is like cramming you in a closet with 10 other people.


anonymous 4 years ago

hey i have a betta and i just added a small snail, don't know what kind and he was being attacked and eaten, so yeah.


anonymous 4 years ago

I started a Betta tank for my sons bedroom and am learning as I go. I currently have 2 females w one male in a 3.5 gal. tank w lots of hiding places. Two different pet stores claim this is safe. One female, the larger more aggressive one, already has a nipped fin. Is this a bad sign?


anonymous 4 years ago

1male betta, 3 zebra danios, 2 ghost shrimp my tank is 23ltr and they get on fine


anonymous 4 years ago

this is a great page. before i found this i had, by coincidence but both ghost shrimp and neon tetras in my betta's tank (4 gal) i put 2 neon tetras in and i watched them for about half an hour and in thaty time the betta lunged at them once but didn't attack them so i left to go have dinner. i came back to look at them an hour later and they had just vanished!! im 99.9% certain the betta ate them. then just 2 weeks ago i added 6 ghost shrimp but these i bargained for and got for free with a new tank i bought for my guppies. so i put them in and was expecting them to die (get eaten) within a week but i had a look the next day and i couldn't see any- they had just all vanished. i would really like to put one or two bn catfish in the tank but im worried he will attack them cuz you said he shouldn't but u also said that about the other 2. what should i do??? i have another 15 gal tank with 9 guppies and 2 guppy fry and 2 big bn catfish.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: wow that is identical to me! i put 2 neons in my betta tank cuzz the lady at petbarn said they should be safe as long as my betta had a place to hide which he did but then they where eaten. i also have another tank with 10 neons, 2 bn catfish 6 guppies.


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Stoney2009 4 years ago

@anonymous: Your tank is probably too small and the Betta feels threatened by the 'company'. You might try getting a 10 gallon tank and seeing how your Betta gets along, or you may just have an overly aggressive Betta.


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Stoney2009 4 years ago

@anonymous: Keep an eye on each of the fish. If you notice more problems you may have to separate them.


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Stoney2009 4 years ago

@anonymous: Personally I'd say you might be a little overcrowded. The dimensions you provide say you have about a 9 gallon tank, and for that many fish you should be looking at a more reasonable 15 gallon tank at least.


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Stoney2009 4 years ago

Great lens. I've heard that Otocinclus catfish get along well with Betta's.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Sally, I would say that set up is fine as long as you have a 5 gal tank or larger. Your shrimp may get eaten every once in a while though. Just a warning. Try to get the largest ones you can.


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a Crowntail in a half moon shaped tank. It's not that wide but it is tall. My betta is very calm but when ever he saw his reflection; he would act all big and tough and attack his reflection. I had him for over a year now in his tank with no tankmates and I am really considering to add some other fish. I have a hollow rainbow rock with lil holes in it and I have some fake plants also. That should be a good hideout I'm sure but I'm a lil nervous about adding some fish. I'm deffinatley not going to add any bettas (both genders) to my tank so I was thinking more about tetras. I'm just worried because my crowntail is so aggersive I don't know if I really should be getting any. Your page has really helped out what fish should go well with my hotheaded fish. I just can't decide which will work and I don't want to buy a fish and it end up lunch or see my Betta as the main course. I'm so confuised and worried!


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a purple feathertail betta with one Molly they get on great 5neon Tetras. One sucker fish 3 harlequinns they all get on gr8 but my gfrog died mysteriouslyall good tankmates


anonymous 4 years ago

Kuhli loaches and peppered corydoras.

Both my male and female bettas get on well with them and the corrys are great for going around the tank and eating the bits of bloodworm/brineshrimp/ect that the bettas miss.

Also I noticed lots of sites say that females should not be kept together but others say its fine? Females in petshops are all kept in the same tank and my three get on fine together, I have never had any problems with them.


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a twenty gallon with a large mystery snail, 6 Pygmy Cory cats, 1 small pleco, 3 female platys, and one red veil tail male betta. Everyone gets along fine and I swear the platys think my betta is their boyfriend!


anonymous 4 years ago

I have :1 pleco 

4 tiger barbs

3 cherry barbs 

2 penguin tetras

1 Chinese algae eaters 

1 Giant tiger barb

1 giant mystery barb

1albino bristlenose pleco

1Cory catfish

1 large albino tiger barb 

5 zebra danios

9 sharpea tetra

5 neon tetra

2 giant simease algea eater

Betta

5 red eye tetra

And I have never had a fight in the tank


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MelonyVaughan 4 years ago

Great tips and suggestions.


anonymous 4 years ago

I had some neon tetras in the tank with my betta and he bit one in half, I moved them to my other tank to save them and my other betta went them too, be careful some bettas will go small fish so watch them.


anonymous 4 years ago

Guppies


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Reymus 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: Guppies are generally a bad choice for a betta tankmate. They're very colourful and will normally be attacked by your betta.


anonymous 4 years ago

Albino bottom feeder catfish


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a question if some can help? I've got a biorb 45 life and wondering weather I could get African dawf frog to go along with my half moon betta.? I'm also thinking of getting a few neon tetras.! Would appreciate any help.


anonymous 4 years ago

mollys and a dagon gubby the dragon gubby is the best


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: male and female Bettas should NEVER be kept together outside of a brief period when breeding and then the female should be removed. U will end up with damaged or dead fish.....


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: My Betta is fine with ghost shrimp, but he is a very mellow Betta. It depends on your fish's individual personality. Some Bettas cannot have ANY tank mates.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Correction[-*Actually have heard of it working in a very large tank, with other fish and lots of space for territories but even then it is rare....in a tank your size there is nothing to distract them from picking on each other. Even female Betta are often aggressive and will pick on each other unless kept groups (called sororities).


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Neons are schooling fish and should be kept in groups of at least 6. A 5+ gallon would be needed ideally to add that many with your Betta. A snail, or a few shrimp or a frog would be better IF your Betta isn't too aggressive to have a tank mate. How small is "small" by the way?If less than 3 gallon I prolly wouldn't add anything more than a small snail... Just my opinion. Does the tank have a filter? Everything produces waste, and you would need very frequent water changes to keep up if it doesn't. Even tho Bettas are air breathers water quality still affects them. Plants (live ones) can help a bit in improving water quality.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: There is always a reason...many people keep Bettas without filters or heaters but just because some can survive for awhile like that does not mean these are healthy conditions for them. Bettas like warm water and without a filter, depending on tank size u may be looking at DAILY water changes to keep them healthy. They also need water conditioner to make tap water safe to use, water without ammonia or nitrite buildup and a ph range ideally neutral or slightly acidic I recommend getting a larger, filtered, heated, tank and a good water testing kit to make sure that the water isn't toxic. At any rate, if your fish keep dying, it's best to try to fix potential problems before getting more.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Do u have a pic of your tank anywhere online? I know some Betta breeders who would love to see how u manage 75 males in one tank...have u lost many since the start of it?


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: What u consider "play" might actually be stressing your fish. I wonder if they are still "happy"? Some fish should not be kept together, or kept in small tanks. Not all Bettas can have "friends". Sometimes it's best not to stand your ground when it involves risking the lives of creatures who depend on u, and who cannot escape a bad situation they have been placed in. Just cause u have the power to do something, doesn't always mean u should. Just my 2 cents...


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Bettas actually need WARM water. Goldfish need COLD water. You can keep a Betta in unheated water but u are risking disease and a shorter lifespan. A Betta is a tropical fish, and Goldfish aren't. Goldfish also need MUCH larger tanks than most people keep them in. They can get quite large and they create a huge amount of waste. A healthy Betta (one kept in ideal circumstances) can live 4+ years. The average lifespan the way they are kept, is less than 2. Many live less than a year. There are reasons for that... if u want a healthy Betta, keep it in warm, filtered water, test the water parameters regularly, and keep it in at LEAST a 3 gallon alone (preferably 5 gallon) or a larger tank if u want tank mates. Tank mates should be other warm water, non aggressive fish, preferably smaller fish with shorter fins. Some Bettas cannot accept any tank mates, others are more relaxed about it. At any rate they should share the same habitat requirements. Of course u can do what u want, but why keep fish just to make them suffer and die young?


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Really hard to say because fish have individual personalities. For some Bettas, NO fish are ideal tank mates. One of mine gets along great with a couple of small albino cory cats and a couple ghost shrimp, but he's a very relaxed Betta. I have another who is rather hyper and aggressive, he is kept by himself. All my tanks are filtered and heated and the smallest (for the loner) is 3 gallons with live plants. I'd never try to put even a lone Betta in anything smaller than that...


anonymous 4 years ago

These were very helpful! Thank You!


anonymous 4 years ago

corydoras and ottocats are both compatible - also need to be kept in groups however. all tropical freshwater fish need AT least 1 gallon per inch of ADULT length - if your tanks more crowded than that you're in danger of disease and excessive aggression.


anonymous 4 years ago

I just purchased my 5th betta and was trying to find something else to put the

tank with him, all i could find was some crabs...so far they seem to get along just fine and the betta seems to be ignoring them..

Thanks


anonymous 4 years ago

I have three males guppies in with one of my bettas, along with a red claw crab. I've not had any trouble so far. However my betta isn't overly aggressive ..now my other betta IS aggressive. He follows me around the tank and puffs up at my fingertip. I only have neons and shrimp in there. :)


anonymous 4 years ago

Pay special attention to betta with dwarf frogs, I kept them together for a while and the frogs nearly died of starvation.


anonymous 4 years ago

Hello! I just recently rescued a Crowntail Beta with Fin rot. I also was given 10 Tetra fish (8 X-Ray Tetras, 1 Bloodfin Tetra, and one Neon Tetra), I'm about to go home for the summer and I'm going to get a 10 gallon tank for my Tetras. I just found out that a 5 gallon tank minimum is recommended for Bettas and I was wondering if putting all of them in a 10 gallon tank was a good idea? I have a four hour drive back and fourth from college to home so I don't want something extremely big. I was thinking about starting off with the 10 gallon tank and seeing if they'd all work well and if not getting my Beta, Rodger :), his own personal tank (hope you don't mind me posting this!)


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: You could squeak by with a 10 gallon for awhile, your main problem is going to be cycling the new tank, if u have established media from an existing tank it will go faster. Keep it wet... Get a water testing kit (API freshwater master is good) and do frequent water changes. You want to try and keep ammonia under .25 parts per million while u cycle, there needs to be some ammonia to feed the good bacteria, but more can seriously damage fish. Prime should be used to detoxify ammonia. There are many good articles about how to cycle. The fact that these Tetras are schooling fish will need to be addressed. You need 6+ of each kind for them to be happy and not stressed. For that you will need around a 20 gallon tank. Or rehome the Neon and Bloodfin to someone with the space for more. The Betta should be fine with these fish but u are going to need to put him in last, dim the lights, and keep the water really clean to cure his fin rot. If u need to treat him, u may want a separate hospital tank for that. I find clean water, a bit of aquarium salt, and some melafix and pimafix to be useful for fin healing. Good Luck!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: How many gallons is ur tank


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Thank you so much for the reply!! So would it be a better idea to possibly separate the Neon and Bloodfin into their own tanks with their own groups because unfortunately I do not have anyone that has those fish and/or would buy a school to keep them :(. If I were to keep them as they are (the person before me has had them for a few months just like they are now) should they be fine or would the best thing be to adopt more? Could adopting just one more Neon and Bloodfin work? And at the moment I have him in a little carrier until we get home and then I'll more him into a one gallon and I've got the medication but right now I have no idea the pH of the water and the temperature keeps dropping to 70 degrees so I'll hopefully be getting a heater for him tomorrow! Should I buy a 15 gallon tank instead of a 10 gallon? I unfortunately cannot spend a ton of money but I'm trying not to lower my care standards. Thank you again for all your help! (I'm going home tomorrow with them, would asking petco or petmarts to help me get started be a good idea?)


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Well schooling fish evolved to use numbers as their main defense. Without others of their kind, they will feel vulnerable. There isn't really any way around that. My Neons may explore the tank separately at times, but as soon as there is a noise or anything they may feel is a threat, they clump together for safety. If u got a 15 gallon, u could probably get by with keeping a group of Neons with the Xrays and Betta.

If your local pet shop has Bloodfins, u might get them to take your orphan. I have rarely found petshops to be truly knowledgeable about fish, so try and double check advice u get from them by researching online. Or u could place a free add on Craigslist or something to find it a new home. You could let it live out it's life with the other fish, but being alone will end up stressing it. You could also set up a separate 5 gallon with just the Bloodfin group. The rest could go in a 15 gallon. That would leave u with 2 tanks, but ultimately, happier fish. If you don't need to worry about moving the tank back and forth, u might consider getting the 20 gallon so they can all live together...Best of luck to ya!


anonymous 4 years ago

I'm getting my betta fish today and i really am not sure if i should get a male and female betta because i hear so many good stories about Male and female bettas living together i need an answer asap. Thanks


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Reymus 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: The stories you heard about male and female bettas living together well are only stories. Don't do it. They only get along well for short periods when it's time for breeding.


anonymous 4 years ago

@Reymus: Thanks man i think im just gonna get some neon tetras and a Male betta


anonymous 4 years ago

I went with the 3 snails a male betta

and 4 tetras


anonymous 4 years ago

One more question can i get a catfish with my betta


anonymous 4 years ago

We just purchased a Beta and a 1 gallon tank for our 6yr old daughter. We are looking to put something else in the tank and are considering the ghost shrimp or zebra snail to help keep it clean. Depending on the two choices, how many of either/or should we put in just a 1 gallon tank?

Thanks!


anonymous 4 years ago

@Reymus: My female and male bettas have lived together for around a year now and have had no babies and they get along great, they don't fight at all.


anonymous 4 years ago

red clawed crabs are also a good tankmate. my betta only nipped at the crab once and the crab kicked at him. and my betta never bothered the crab again. just make sure your tank doesn't have anything sticking out, such as bamboo, because the crab may climb out


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: A one gal tank should really be your betta's private property, as it's already barely big enough. Some would say not at all big enough. Bear in mind that a cleaner animal, of any type, produces it's own wastes and subtracts from the already scarcely available space. If you'd like to have more fish, upgrade to a 5 or 10 gal tank. The larger your tank, the more stable it will remain, so a larger tank is not actually more work, assuming you have the right sized equipment. The final answer to your question will depend on the size of your upgrade.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: your extremely lucky then. as males are notorious for fighting with any of their kind be it another male or the female. The fact that your male has not killed your female, or vice versa, is a miracle. Don't take your exception to the rule as a fact though. Because that's all it was, a miracle.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Didn't say it was fact just saying that mine don't fight. I do think that a lot of people think they are the authority on bettas and put out by the book info on them, I think it's a case by case situation. Every fish is different


anonymous 4 years ago

My betta killed and ate my neon tetras and I feed him regularly would platys be ok with him? lol he might be going into a little 1.7g bowl by himself if I can't have any buddies in my 10 gallon however he has not bothered my corys.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: yes we did the same thing and we put zebra snails


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: well male a ns female betas cannot live together unless u want the female to have babies


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Well like I said mine have lived together for about a year now and have not had any babies (or started any bubble nests) and they do not fight.


anonymous 4 years ago

How do I acclimate tank mates correctly with a betta in the tank already? I have a 10 gallon tank and I want to know if both of them will eat blood worms as well.


anonymous 4 years ago

I just bought a couple of rosey barbs and my betta chased them for a few minutes, but, he seems to quite enjoy their company now. They are a great tank mate.


anonymous 4 years ago

Oh, and the barbs live on the same foods as your betta. No special diet for them. It makes it much easier


anonymous 4 years ago

I have A Female VeilTail Betta and a African Dwarf Frog together


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I personally wouldn't recommend barbs, because they nip at the fins of the betta. If it's a wild type betta, it might be okay. How have yours been doing? I've never had any god experiences with Barbs and bettas together lol


anonymous 4 years ago

white cloud mountain minnow or poor mans neon tetra


anonymous 4 years ago

Walmart, believe it or not, is probably the best place to get a fish from a major chain store. I remember going to petsmart a few months back and seeing shelves and shelves of dead Bettas.


anonymous 4 years ago

My old betta hated my dwaf frog


anonymous 4 years ago

I currently have a catfish in the bottom of the tank and they seem to do well together. Not sure how common this is.


anonymous 4 years ago

Is it ok if you have 2 dwarf frogs in one tank


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Will your betta be ok if you mix them with 2 dwarf frogs


anonymous 4 years ago

Me and my brother just got two baby betta fish from petco , can we put them in the same tank


anonymous 4 years ago

@Jillian- if they're two females you can but if one's male you can't


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: all the baby bettas are female. you can have 2 females and 1 male in one tank.


anonymous 4 years ago

i love it because it helps me


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a betta and I "had" 2 neon tetra's in my tank I was going to buy a few more tetras for the tank until i found one of my tetras half eaten!!! I don't know if its just a fluke or if my betta is just a meanie...he was in the tank with them for almost a month...at first i did notice him chasing them every once in a while but when I found one of the tetras missing at feeding time I decided to separate the betta from my other tetra...I am not a happy camper :(


anonymous 4 years ago

I have one male betta in a 10 gallon tank and he looks like he needs some company what would you recommend that I get and how many of said fish could I have in a ten gallon tank


anonymous 4 years ago

Don't be so quick to judge a pet store. I work at a Petco and we go the extra mile to take care of our fish properly and ensure they are treated humanely. i.e during Persian new year we will NOT sell Goldfish without a full setup (gravel, 1gal+ aquarium, food, treater, etc). Same with bettas, i myself, educate people and insist they buy a 2.5gal or higher tank for it.

Just recently i put up signs at our Betta display discouraging customers from picking up they fish to examine them.

If you ever encounter an associate like the one you described, bring it up with the manager. If the manager is just as incompetent, ban that particular location from you list. Not the business as a whole.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: If the tank is large enough, many species of corys will do fine. Keep in mind fish do best in threes so i wouldn't stick corys (or anycatfish) in there unless you got 5gal or more.

Also, corys get fat and muscly. The GROW.


anonymous 4 years ago

does anyone here know where I can get a 55 gallon tank for my two betta that get along perfect! I want a used one instead of a new one, I live in North Carolina and all the ones on ebay are pick up only and are to far away for me, and amazon doesn't have the correct sized tank. When I get my big tank I'm getting a school of tetra's 6 of one kind and 6 of another. Someone give me some leads please!


anonymous 4 years ago

White clouds


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: go on craigslist they will have 1


anonymous 4 years ago

Mollies and platies work great! I've never had a problem with putting them with bettas. The tank must be over 3 gallons though. The mollies take up space!

I also highly recommend mystery snails as they do not reproduce much and are pretty and come in many colors. Thx for the great info!


anonymous 4 years ago

cory catfish! i have two with a male betta in a 5 gallon tank, and they leave each other alone. the corys come in different colors and patterns, and are busy fish that are fun to watch.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Most "fancy" goldfish get up to 8 in long and "common" goldfish can grow into the 2 foot plus range. So your point about Petco employees being educated is sadly taken on telling anyone to get anything as small as quote "1gal+ aquarium" for goldfish. Goldfish should have longterm minim housing of 20 gal and 10-20 gal extra per fish. Last time I went to Petco I had to tell the so called aquatic expert 3 times how to tell the differnece of male and female swords.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: how many neons do you have?


anonymous 4 years ago

Can peacock eels live with them????


anonymous 4 years ago

well i have my betta in a 50 gallon living his life with 2 angelfish, 2 discus, 2 cory cats, a buncha emperor tetras, a pleco, 20 ghost shrimp, 2 amano shrimp, 2 A. dwarf frogs, and freshwater clams. he is living the life and i expect another 5 years from him :D ps all my fish ARE ADULTS


anonymous 4 years ago

probly snail budys


anonymous 4 years ago

Just a suggestion to those getting dwarf frogs: make sure you know what you are looking at when you go to a chain pet store for your frog. The African dwarf frog and the African clawed frog look extremely similar, and are often confused for each other in pet stores. The difference is that dwarf frogs stay small, whereas I know people who accidentally got clawed frogs, and they grew to the size of a baseball! If you have the room, I don't think it's a problem to pair a clawed with a betta, but if you have a small tank, be sure you know what you're buying!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: ld try a pleco, how big is your tank though? i had a 10 gallon


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: 1 fish per gallon, so ten. I suggest tetras, i got five of them with my betta and they are great, they will always stick with their school.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: It depends on how big your aquarium is, 1 fish per gallon.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: That is cool, i had 5 tetras a male betta and a snail and they all got along, i think they will do great.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Your betta has probably become aggressive because of stress, my betta is sweet, he doesn't flare up at any of the fish he is with, or me.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Wow! how big is your tank?


anonymous 4 years ago

another good one is the red clawed crab mine stay at the bottom and norman my betta stays at the top its actually a wonderful tank set up for a 5 gallon tank


anonymous 4 years ago

I had one betta that I kept with my guppies and some tetras and they got a long great. My mom watched the fish for me while I was on vacationa and unfortunately a few fish didn't make it. I think she overfed them. I got a new betta and he doesn't not like the guppies at all. Or any other fish that like the top of the tank. I moved him into my larger tank that has anglefish, 2 dwarf gouramis, some clown and polka dot loaches, 2 ram cichlids, 2 balloon mollies and 6 neon tetras, and one small oranda goldfish (that is going into a pond soon). He gets along with all of them and loves swimming all around the large tank. He seems to like the more open area with less little fish swimming by him. He does guard his leaf hammock sometimes from the mollies,but just chases the them away a little. Right now one of the anglefish is resting nest to him by his leaf and he doesn't seem to mind.


anonymous 4 years ago

I got a halfmoon betta and a ghostfish yesterday in a 6 gal tank. I also have a giant snail, he's huge that I've had for a long time.

The betta is fine with the snail but attacks the ghostfish every change he gets. I was told they'd get along at the fishstore. HA! Plus ghostfish "el Negra" hides all the time. I don't know if he gets a chance to eat his brine or not?


anonymous 4 years ago

Where do you get bamboo for african dwarf frogs


anonymous 4 years ago

Corydoras (Cory) catfish tend to do well with bettas. I had an aggressive betta that would chase my poor, unassuming panda platys but left the pygmy corys, which were about half the size of the platys, alone. Plus corys don't get as big as a pleco. They are a schooling fish but I have at times had just a single one that did just fine for years. Regular corys grow to be 2-3" and the pygmy about 1-1.5"


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: male and female bettas shouldn't be put together unless they are ready to breed so unless you put in a tank divider you can't have them in the same tank


anonymous 4 years ago

hey you should put rasboras and cloud fish on the list because i have a betta book and it says that those are the best selections! ( + cory cats too)


anonymous 4 years ago

I got neon tetras and my betta killed one is there anything else i could put in there with him he looks loney and i just got a big tank and he looks lonely.


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Not true at all. So long as you put at least three females in the tank they will get along. But two males never will. Right now I have 7 females and one male, as well as some shrimp and neon tetras. The females will actually calm the male down which means he is fine with my angelfish too.


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a red betta in a ten gallon tank that gets along well with zebra danios.. Cory cats and white cloud minnows.. He only attacks them when he goes rampage after seeing my blue betta in a smaller tank but over all the only fishes that nip fins are the zebra danios.. And they nip each others..


anonymous 4 years ago

i have a betta in a 2 1/2 gallon tank so what buddys would be ok with that


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BillyPilgrim LM 4 years ago

Good tips! I'm just starting to keep fish so this is very useful. Thanks x


anonymous 4 years ago

Tetras are actually related to piranhas and are aggressive! Especially with your Bettas long flowing tail!


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Wild bettas not even males have long flowinf fins. Unless if it a genectic mutation which is rare in nature.


anonymous 4 years ago

@Reymus: Bettas have their own personalities. I kept multiple male and females together without them ever fighting.


anonymous 4 years ago

@Reymus: Wild and feeder guppies are not colorful


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Helow! Gold fish are cold water fish, move the bettas to their own tank or have the temp at 70 dagrees farenhite.


anonymous 4 years ago

This is very helpful i am goeing to get a betta in a week or two and i am rescearching to find info about bettas and tank mates thanks.


anonymous 4 years ago

I have a betta I named blaze he is blue,red and purple. I rescued him from a store that did not clean his bowl or feed him and he only had a half a cup of water in his bowl. He caught my eye because he was in the back corner behind all of the another bowls of fish as if they were hiding him he had bloody cuts and dammaged fins. It looked liked people had him fight but he is sweet when I brought him home i had a brand new tank I bought it is 5 or 6 gallons and when i first put him in it he loved it he was just scared of the filter . I bought him fish meds to help heal his cuts but now he has some scars. But what makes me un happy is that when iam in the room with him he swims all around the tank and when i come close to the tank side and rubbs his body against it. When I leave the room he turns different he goes in the corner near the door and waits . O um i have 2 snails named Blueberry and Teddy .Blueberry is a blue mystery snail and Teddy i rescued form a pet store but i wanted to know if they could go in with my betta?


anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: what should you do then


anonymous 4 years ago

So, I have a one gallon bowl and I usually keep a betta in there, but I'm kind of interested in putting one or two ghost shrimp in there. Good idea? Bad idea? Also can you clean the bowl with ghost shrimp same as if you just had a betta?? (Take the betta out with a net, put it in acup of water, wash, add water and conditioner, and put him back in)

If not, how would you clean it?


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Reymus 4 years ago Author

@anonymous: You could do that, but I highly recommend getting a larger tank for your betta. One gallon is not nearly enough.


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you! You saved my fish and I, I have two betts fish both male and obviously they're not in the same tank but I'm getting guppies soon and was thinking about putting them with a Betta. Whilst others said yes to putting them together, others said no making me confused, you were the fifth person I checked and out of the five websites only two said yes to putting them together. Thanks to you my fish are now going to be safe from attack. Thank you ! :)


anonymous 4 years ago

hello everybody!!!! i love bettas and it sucks that they can't get along so what i did i sectioned my 10 gallon tank into 4 (2.5 gallon each) sections so you can have more than one betta in the tank with out killing each other there is plenty of space for your 4 bettas WARNING!! please don't use the pre-made sections pet stores sale they don't work the leave gaps and your bettas can get in serious fights im talking by experience that happened to me!!! this is the method i used is super awesome www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=40025


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a 3.5 gallon with three females, and good tank mates?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Yes other good mates you may want to try are kuli Loaches and platies


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, great website. I have a 28 litre tank with a small Aquaone Maxi 101F filter. The tank is cycled with a friend giving me some filter medium and has been setup for the past 2 weeks. Can I put a Male Betta in that alone? If so can I also add a couple of Ghost Shrimp or others? Many thanks in advance


anonymous 3 years ago

i have 2 panda cory cats with mine. they seem to mostly ignore each other.


anonymous 3 years ago

Hi, I have a 3.5 gallon tank with just my betta at the moment but I would like to add some friends for "her" (I know he is a boy, but I gave him a girl's name by accident and my boyfriend refuses to let me rename it). Any suggestions?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: jaimey

okay so my friend just gave me her betta because she didt want her anymore and desited she wanted her dead...shes a small baby with amazing fins that stretch all around her, my friend had stopped feeding her and cleaning her tank so when ever i came over i would feed it and clean its tank, after a while my friend said she was going to flush it i then got angery with her and asked if i could have sky her fish she said sure and gave me a one gallon fish bowl.. she is gaining more wait and is happyly swimming in her tank although shes living in a better place i want to get her some friends what would be good fish for her in a onegallon tank? and how much would they cost and do they need diffirent food

sorry for my spelling im only 13


anonymous 3 years ago

Corydora get along well with betta.. Most small tetra (no long fins) get along with betta as well. Rasbora too. I noticed that you were spelling "pleco" wrong though.. it isn't plecko.. just a grammar error.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: do not add any more fish to a tank that small. I recommend getting at least a 10 gallon tank if you are going to add any fish or frogs. Shrimp and snails may be ok in that small of a tank though.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: That is a fine size tank for a betta. In gallons, 2 is the minimum size.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: That is much too small for female betta to live in as a group. You should also have at least 5 females in the tank. 10 gallons is a good size for a sorority. 3.5 gallons is also too small for them to have tank mates. The water will become polluted extremely fast. All of the animals listed above will work in a female betta tank though.


anonymous 3 years ago

Cory cats!!! I currently have four with my male betta, along with one african dwarf frog. They've gotten along for almost a full year now in my ten gallon tank!


anonymous 3 years ago

i work at a fish shop in Washington and the clownfish and bettas and gold fish seem to get along in salt water


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Reymus 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: Jack.... Bettas are freshwater fish, not saltwater. For that matter, so are goldfish....


anonymous 3 years ago

I've had bettas with gouramis, large goldfish, plecos, corydoras, platys, and various tetras without a problem. As long as there is enough room for eveyone, they make a beautiful addition to a boring community tank!


anonymous 3 years ago

@Reymus: I think when they say clowfish they mean a clownknife perhaps.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: At my pet store (and this is just a general rule. Always look at a fish's specific needs) we recommend at least 7 litres per fish. You could also get something called Quick Start, which has all the good bacteria to get your tank cycled faster.


anonymous 3 years ago

would a gold mystery snail be a good tankmate ? cuz my fish's tank is really slimey with the food he doesn't eat.


AxelZabrak 3 years ago

Clownfish? Clownfish are saltwater fish, not freshwater like bettas. Unless you are a genetic engineer, its not possible.


anonymous 3 years ago

scissortail rasboras,white cloud mountain minnows, BN pleco,

giant danios, SAEs, columbian blue red fin tetras and pictus catfish currently live happily in the same tank

however the 4 females we were sold turned out to be 2 male and 2 female! may have to move 1 male somewhere. not sure where as my other tropical tank is largely for livebearers


anonymous 3 years ago

I keep my betta in a tank with guppies and mollies who are also breeding in the tank, never had a problem so I'm guessing all betas are different ! :)


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I have apple/mystery snails in with my betta and he does fine with them but watch to make sure he isn't nipping at thief antenna


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Errrrr......Clown Loach perhaps?? Not a Clownfish (common knowledge it's a saltwater fish, I doubt very much it gets along well with bettas and goldfish when it's dying!!) ...no offense, but you really shouldn't be working in a pet store.


anonymous 3 years ago

@AxelZabrak: There is a marine betta, but it is an entirely different fish. It could be possible that the store guy heard the betta in reference to saltwater and didn't realize they weren't the same type of fish. Not much of an excuse...but hey, it's a big chain pet store.


anonymous 3 years ago

Are platies all right? I've heard yes and no.


cocoafun 3 years ago

Like she said, bettas are different! I recently put one of my black mollies in the same tank with my male betta. My betta (Midnite) just keeps flaring his gills even though my molly isn't colorful at all. i just hope they don't fight! (does this make sense?)


anonymous 3 years ago

I thought bettas need a small tank they won't go crazy in a ten gallon tank


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@anonymous: Bettas need room to swim. The idea that they need a tiny tank is a myth, and needs to end. Take a look at http://hubpages.com/animals/bettaprogram to learn more about what a betta really needs....


anonymous 3 years ago

I put 2 cory catfish in my bettas tank and they get along. :)


anonymous 3 years ago

Also mast gourami species are great betta tankmates, especially since they are closely related ^_-


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: My betta fish , Sheldon , has been in a 5 gallon tank ever since I got him and he is doing just fine. I think it is just the right size.


Izalishious 3 years ago

@anonymous: I agree with Reymus. Saltwater and freshwater. It is just fact that a freshwater fish can't live saltwater.


Izalishious 3 years ago

I have had 2 bettas over all. Sadly my cat killed oneð. I was to sad to get another betta so I got 3 3 neon tetras and 2 African dwarf frogs. They were good but they always would hide away. I really like bettas because they r active. Bettas will always be my first chose in fish.


anonymous 3 years ago

What about a small semi aggressive fish, maybe a Barb (3")? or Gourami(3"-6")? And what about other tetras like 'Lamp Eyes' and 'Bleeding Hearts' or 'Buenos Aires'?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Gouramis are a bad idea. There are too many similarities between the two and your betta will become aggressive towrds them.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: That makes no sense whatsoever... The more closely related a fish is to a betta the more likely your betta will think said fish is another betta and attack it... Which considering most gouramis have on minimum 2 to 3 time the body mass of a betta will probly end up getting your betta killed when a fight inevitably occurs.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a betta and a platy together in a 5g tank. They have gotten along fine, although I'm sure that the aggressiveness towards other fish really depends on the betta's personality...


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I currently have 1 male betta, he seems pretty timid and likes to float and swim aound in his 5 gallon tank. I was wondering about getting 1 or to platys, and was wanting to ask if it would be OK for me to add in the platys, even though that I already have a betta in the tank, thanks.


anonymous 3 years ago

@Reymus: I agree! Bettas need room to swim. The "natural" puddles they are in in the wild are very deep. My Betta is in a ten gal and he loves it.


anonymous 3 years ago

I tried a bumble bee catfish with my betta and it destroyed my bettas fins!ð¥


anonymous 3 years ago

I have one male red betta and one female they get along fine I put in another blue male betta and they get along fine. I think I was lucky, unfortunately it was small and my walking fish ate it. If you get groumi fish make sure they are dwarf I have a large one and it goes crazy for anything red or orange


anonymous 3 years ago

I also have a betta in a tank who looks pretty timid. The tank is around 5 gallon and has loads of space for them to swim around in - I wanted to get 1 or 2 platys to liven the tank up ( i also have a ghost shrimp and zebra snail and w has never bothere them)


anonymous 3 years ago

I have 2 algae eaters with my betta and they are perfectly fine with each other


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: You shouldn't put platys in unless you get a bigger tank they need at least a ten gallon as they get 3 inches. I would suggest a school of neons over the platys because the betta is more likely to leave them alone.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Do NOT put tiger barbs in with him they will pick him to death there mean little guys. I think the other type of tetras might pick on the bettas fins.


anonymous 3 years ago

Cory cats work great with bettas and if carefully observed and with a tank of minimum 20 gallons you can have a female betta sorority! (I currently have one!)


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a male betta in a 3 gallon Aquaponic tank (wherein the fish waste feeds the basil and cilantro I have growing on top of the tank; see more at their website backtotheroots . com). The instruction guide said that the tank can handle 1" of fish per gallon. I like the idea of getting more critters for the tank, but I don't have enough room for a school, and I've heard mixed results about whether bettas and shrimp can get along. The company from which I bought the aquaponic kit recommended a snail if the tank got a lof of algae in it, but so far, there is not a lot of algae. Any recommendations? Thanks!


anonymous 3 years ago

I have housed cobra guppies with my betta. Not the bright colors of fancy tails but intricately patterns on their tails in yellowish, black, gold coloring. Not the bright like bettas or fancies.


anonymous 3 years ago

My 9 year old daughter wanted to add a Betta to our already established tank.( because they are so pretty) I was very apprehensive because I heard how aggressive the Betta could be. We have a variety of fish in our established tank, a black gold fish, three neon colored fish, a couple guppies, a bottom feeding sucker fish, a couple tettras and one pan type fish ( sorry I don't know all the species names) However the point I wanted to make was, the Betta we have is non aggressive and is actually one of the most timid fish in the tank. We have had him for two months now and he is just as happy as the other fish, just doing his own thing. From what I have read I'm thinking we lucked out!


anonymous 3 years ago

I put male beta in my 15 gallon tank along wit two fancy guppies,two black mollys,and a cat. the molly attacked the beta and the beta went after the fancies had to take the beta out


anonymous 3 years ago

I bought my new betta yesterday, he's a dark yet shiny blue, with red front fins (the ones that are long and just dangle). He's a bit of a scaredy cat though;when I put my finger up to the bowl, he backs away. When he was at the store he had mollies in the tank and he just ignored them completely, so I was wondering if they could be a good friend for him? I just don't want him to get agitated and attack them because mollies are very active aren't they?


anonymous 3 years ago

I hve mine in a one gal tank right now with a plant in there that has grown the long wispy type of algae. I think I will try a snail for the tank, my beta is mean to small or same sized fishe though, so the snail will be the best survivor.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have two baby guppies, one tiger pleco and one snail


anonymous 3 years ago

I'm a new betta owner, and I'm trying to find something to put with him, I tried a gold mystery snail and he bit at him. Might try the ghost shrimp.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: a three gallon tank is plenty for a bunch of tetra fish. I had a 2.5 gallon tank with six tetras and it worked out great! my betta loved the company and they just eat the left over beta food if they are picky like mine are i just feed them tropical flakes every time i feed my betta


anonymous 3 years ago

I keep my female betta with two small turtles! They work just fine together because the turtles are slower than her when the do try to catch her and she is really sweet and just leaves them alone.


anonymous 3 years ago

I just set up my 10 gallon tank a couple weeks ago with a filter, heater, a bridge and 3 silk plants. The first occupant is a male Betta named Fella and just this weekend I added a Golden Algae eater. Fella actually will follow my finger around when he sees the top opened for feeding. He's making happy bubbles. My son wants a frog and my Mom wants a female Betta. I'm thinking some Kuhli loaches or zebra snails? How many more fishmates can I add and will all those types live well together?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I'm breading a betta for two months and my betta looks not entertain so I decided to get him a friend so I go t him a gold fish and it looks beautiful in the tank but tomorrow morning the gold fish ate some leaves in the plant but luckily my betta fish killed it and the plants grew back


anonymous 3 years ago

Could I put a crab in with my betta Loki? I want to put something in there with him to help with debri clean-up, but he kills most anything I put in his tank. Ghost shrimp are all gone within two days =( He lives in a large glass bowl with some leafy plants and a bowl filter (which he hates so it's not often on) I've had him for a year now and tank mates are so hard to find for him! He bites at my fingers when I put the cup in to change his water when it really needs it, he's so aggressive...


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a betta and i wanted him to have a tankmate would anyone recommend an african dwarf frog or have you had any bad experiences with them and your betta. thank you


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Reymus 3 years ago Author

@anonymous: If you choose to do that, watch your betta and your crab very carefully. Crabs can be very aggressive and kill your betta. To be honest, if you have a very aggressive betta, he may need to be kept on his own.


sbp1234 3 years ago

I have two bettas in a split 10-gallon tank and they attack every ghost shrimp and mystery snail I put in there. Does anything work with really aggressive bettas? If not, what's the best way to take care of the algae? And suggestions would help.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: don't put a female betta in the tank together as the male will attack and kill the female frogs are okay if your betta isn't aggressive


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a REALLY Friendly betta: Iris. (I can pet her like a little tap in her back.) She is happy, but I think she needs a tank buddy. She likes to hide. Do freshwater clown fish work? Or Um certain crabs. But could it be a fish that is to big to eat? Where could I buy it that is cheap?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I do recommend it. My betta is aggressive and killed my neon tetras but he doesn't bother the frog at all. They've been together for two weeks now and are happy.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: The turtles are eventually going to grow and when big enough may eat your betta.


anonymous 3 years ago

My betta Lokki lives with 4 ghost shrimp and a black mystery snail named Fred. Lokki likes Fred and swims away from the shrimp, so they work :)


anonymous 3 years ago

I tried those glow fish with my betta they school so I bought 6 of them well he killed all but the pink one...him and the one pink one have been together for 6 months now and they seem to be thriving but Im starting to get some algae anyone have any ideas? Maybe he's prejudice and I can find something pink lol. Any thoughts would be helpful.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have 2 dwarf gouramis and 2 Cory cats and snails in with my betta right now. The Cory cats are not a problem at all and neither are the snails. However, sometimes my betta harasses one of the dwarf gouramis, but most of the time they leave each other alone. And I have had head and taillight tetras in with my betta before too and they did great.


anonymous 3 years ago

hi,

Great Article.

Can i add other snails like Onion and Pagoda Snails?

Thanks


anonymous 3 years ago

I just bought 3 goats shrimp for my friendly beta & they get along pretty WELL. :) I suggest shells that ur shrimp could fit inside so the betta won't get them. Sometimes Iris tries to push them but there pretty fast & cool. I recommend medium size shrimp so u wouldn't buy a pregnant big one. U can't tell if it's a boy or girl.


anonymous 3 years ago

Harlequin Rasbora


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a male betta with a dozen or so ghost shrimp in a densely planted ten gallon tank with heater and filter. I do go through quite a few shrimp and periodically take notice of the dwindling population and for .20 a piece, increase their numbers. I can't say that its the betta killing them as it could simply be natural causes, perhaps the poor conditions animals sold at 20 cents have to endure while in pet stores. But today was the first time Id removed a dead shrimp from the tank, all others have mysteriously vanished. So how do I know If my betta is passive enough to add fish mates to the tank? I'd like to add something like neon tetras, but not without first knowing if my betta is a serial killer


janessakayleebryan 3 years ago

@anonymous: what size tank?


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: I have Ghost Shrimp with my Betta too. He investigated them initially, and then left them fairly alone. My shrimp did start dying off very slowly... But it was other Ghost Shrimp who were doing the attacking. The Betta didn''t even chew on the bits an pieces. I did remove the Shrimp and the Betta did go looking for his tankmates. I don't think he misses them, I think he was just making sure his tank is secure from threats to his possible future offspring. If you have a male betta with a short tail, those kinds are the most aggressive. I also noticed that the darker the color, the more aggressive.


anonymous 3 years ago

This last Betta I just got for my daughter (5 gallon decently planted with live plants) is the most aggressive I have ever seen yet. Every Betta I have ever had has been pretty passive, and I have kept fish for over 30 years. This one, in less than 6 hours, killed his new tank mate, Black Neon Tetra, which I thought would have been fine. I have a very funny feeling this guy is going to end up in solitary unlike his predecessors.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: There is no such thing as a freshwater clown fish, there are clown loaches but as it states in the article clown fish are saltwater fish while betta are freshwater so it's impossible for them to share a habitat.


anonymous 3 years ago

@sbp1234: Try getting a moss ball from you LFS, they consume the same nutrients as algae, thus "starving" the algae.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a single male betta in a 5 gallon tank that's taller than wide. What tankmates can I add? I will not allow Cories or Pleckos or any fish that look like them. The tankmate/s you will suggest are preferably bottom feeders.

P.S. Before you suggest, please research if your suggestions are easily found in the Philippines because that is where I live.

Thanks for the suggestions.


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Try a snail, hard shell should protect it! I habe two in my tank and a betta fish with 2 goldfish, they get along fine


MissPinky100 3 years ago

I have a beautiful halphmoon beta he isn't white or anything he is a light pink, you can see right through him. I have no clue if these betas are aggressive or not...im buying a brand new tank for him and I wanted to know if they could get along with any tank mates...


MissPinky100 3 years ago

@MissPinky100: oh and my beta is a male he lives in a pretty big pitcher and he has a shark ornament that he likes to go under. his name is moon. he doesn't stay at the top most of the time he is usually in the middle swimming around exploring. that's why I would like to get him a bigger tank with some tank mates. He I very friendly with me. I have tried petting his back and he doesn't mind at all. if I stick my finger at the top of the tank he will follow it. when I look in his tank he comes right up to me. Moons eyes are blue and he's such a light pink you can see right through him. like jelly. moon is also very thin. I got him from pet smart around where I live. he was very expensive but he was the one that stood out to me. I love him a lot and im really want to know what tank mates he can have cause they say betas are on the top and neon tetras are on the bottom, so I don't know if he will bother them. SOMEONE HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!


anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: well neon tetras and GloFish are a different breed of fish, so your betta might not like them & all Bettas Are different


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katiecolette 3 years ago

Thank you for the ideas. I am thinking about getting pleckos, but I am concerned about their size. Will have to give it some thought...


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a half moon male betta in a 2 gallon tank, I would like to put a friend in there with him but based on the size of the tank what are my best options or have I met my threshold.


anonymous 3 years ago

I have a 10 gallon with a dragon scale crowntail male betta and a bamboo shrimp.


luciamontinola 3 years ago

@anonymous: My betta died. Please tell me how many cories I can put in a 5 gallon with

a dwarf gourami?

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* Lu**


anonymous 3 years ago

cories


mandanicbaby 3 years ago

I have two zebra danios in my tank with my betta. my betta chases them sometimes but i have a lot of large plants so it gives them room to get away from each other. zebra danios are non-aggressive fish but like tetras, they tend to bully other fish so i got that kind as well as getting a pair hoping they would defend themselves and they are doing just fine. i'm hoping to add some neon tetras soon.


vfuentes80 3 years ago

My Betta shares his tank with 4 angels, 5 Tetras (red fin) and a plecko, he does challenge the angels ever once in a while, but other than that just minds his own.


kaizoku-inochi 3 years ago

@anonymous: Definitely some tetra, the only problem is they will occupy the middle of the tank, snails would also be good, preferably zebra snails as they are big enough not to be eaten by the beta. However the main fish to be recommended would be a type of catfish such as cories. Sorry.

You could try shrimp, but would need a lot and some places for them to hide. Hope I helped


lia-spaghetee 2 years ago

I have three happy apple snails sharing the tank with my betta, the betta is really curious and tends to swim beside them while they move around, but has never been aggressive to a single one! Plus they livem up the tank seeing as they are brightly coloured and pretty active


katie-norman-35 2 years ago

I have 6 cory catfish, (3 albinos, 3 peppered) and they are awesome tank mates for bettas. Also, Oto catfish are also good tankmates! Any type of bottom feeder would work since they are usually dull in colour and occupy a different space of the tank than our top dwelling bettas.


katie-norman-35 2 years ago

@luciamontinola: i know this is old but you could have 3-4 cory cats in a 5 gallon with a dwarf gourami. corys like to school so the minimum for them should always be 3.


katie-norman-35 2 years ago

@anonymous: 2 gallons is really only enough for a betta but if you wanted some tank mates you could do a few ghost shrimp


twomonkeysayoyo 2 years ago

I've had really good luck and a nice looking tank as well with the combination of tetras and corys with my central eyepiece betta. I really like the suggestions of the zebra snail and shrimps and would probably like to add some of those, as well. Nice article!


eric-doran2 2 years ago

Corey's go really well with fighters


grady-alford-1 2 years ago

i have an algae eater which is very tiny so my fish doesn't know


Betta01 2 years ago

@mandanicbaby: Do you have a tropical or temporate aquarium? Danios need a much lower temperature and are also shoaling fish (5 or more) that need a decent water current to swim in! The betta is very much of opposite needs!


llopez717 2 years ago

The Albino Cory Catfish is also a very good tank mate. The Betta sees it but wont charge at him or anything. The Albino Cory Catfish is also very useful. It eats any leftover betta food that has fallen to the bottom of the tank.


bettalover325 2 years ago

I've had very good results with 2 zebra snails and my very colorful betta but my betta decided to be a jerk and started trying to eat my snail so I put a female in with my 2 male zebra snails and came home a week later after my vacation and had like 5 snails and my betta seemed to leave them all alone. guess it was overwhelming with all those tasty snails haha. hope this helps :)


romania3290 2 years ago

I have a couple (3) dwarf corydora catfish with my bettta, Severin. Their names are Florence, Emmerich, and Althea.


kayladidwhat 2 years ago

In my tank i have a Pleco, a Dalmatian Molly, a dwarf gourami, 2 FEMALE bettas, a red claw crab, and 2 angel fish.


StripedWolf 2 years ago

i'm doing lots of reaserch on bettas before i get one and i was wondering if the Galactic fish would be a good tank mate with the betta??


LancePants 2 years ago

A fiddler crab actually. He is very chill and doesn't approach the betta, and Moo my betta doesn't approach him. Though they tend to sleep together at night. (Same corner)


juicyj3 2 years ago

I have a 1 gallon tank with 2 ghost shrimp and a betta. Don't know how well that will work


savannah-fagergren 2 years ago

I did get some Ghost Shrimp thinking that they would provide some company for my Betta while keeping his tank a little cleaner. Instead of them getting along happily, my Betta killed off every last one as the survivors ate the deceased corpses. It was a mildly interesting drama which gave insight into the nature of my over territorial betta fish which convinced me that some fish are better off just going lonely.


jamarat56 2 years ago

@juicyj3: No, bettas need at least 2.5 gallons with a heater so u r over stocking ur tank


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Hairdresser007 2 years ago from Burbank, CA

I have mollies in the tank they all get a long. 2 females and 1 male. They are orange and spotted. I like the idea of the frog and I love the idea of the loaches.


season 2 years ago

I have a male, and he seems very lonely I have a 10 gallon tank I think and was wondering what you would suggest for him


Obiordi 2 years ago

I am thinking about buying 2-3 ghost shrimp for my 5gal tank. There is only one Betta fish in it, so I want to try some other type of live animal. I find Ghost shrimp to be fun to watch, and intereting to learn about. I am thankful for how cheap they cost, at about $0.39, so that I am not making a huge investment if something was to happen (which hopefully won't). I first have to get some live Anubias plants for my tank beforehand, just because they like places to hide and I only have one silk plant in the tank. I am probably going to get the ghosties in a few months - but I am still very excited! I also look forward to getting a male and female ghost shrimp so that I can breed them (for free) and get some more ghosties. Excited! :)


Hillary 2 years ago

I have a Betta in a 10g tank with 4 Cory's, 1 black skirt tetra, and 2 endler's cross guppies. He left the guppies alone at first, but now he's chasing them... He just took a big chunk out of my oldest's fin today. But he's left the black skirt and the Cory's.

(Yes, I know my black skirt is a schooling fish... But he's also old, and is the lone survivor of his flock of fish from the tank collapse from a leak that my mom had in her 90 gallon tank last year. I also know that guppies are a bad idea... But they're the last two that I have from my original brood as well.)

He's eating the brine shrimp and tropical mix that I have been putting in today. I'm also supplementing with dried bloodworms and Betta pellets. He also nibbles at the shrimp pellets that I feed to my Cory's every few days, before they sink of course. All in all, he's settling nicely...

Tank mates really does depend on the fish. I had one that we put in a 50 gallon with all the guppies and mollies when I was younger and he left them alone. I also had a Betta that would only live peacefully with a sword plant and a snail (That crawled out of the tank, my Betta died a few days later because it was too hot and my mother was overfeeding him while I was working at camp.) His replacement was a WalMart Betta and lasted like 6 months. This newest is from Meijer, and I'm not holding my breath... He's doing really well so far... But I'm also getting really picky about where I buy fish from. (Petsmart has given my tanks and friends tanks ich before... Walmart is a no out of their live tanks period... Meijer is iffy...) Basically find your local petshop... and if they breed their own fish (Like Preuss in Lansing MI), then the fish are generally really well cared for and will thrive for a long time.


Tamera 2 years ago

So recently I purchased a beautiful blue veiltail betta for my daughter! And a betta bowl. Well I've had many bettas in my life & always in a bowl because that's what the "experts" at the shops suggest & of course they scare the heck out of you about what could happen if you put one in a community tank! Well I have a 30 gallon extra high & have had these fish in it for a couple of yrs now...2 plecos, 1 angel, 2 black neon tetras, 3 von rio flame tetras, 4 buenos aires tetras (which seem to be semi aggressive but more with threats than actually doing anything to anyone) and 3 platys. All of these fish are a mixture of males & females & some are very colorful. The angelfish is all white with a gold hue along top. All of the fish hang out together & play together. We've had the betta for a week now & I've watched him swim very little but more just hang around not doing much. That's when I decided to get on the net & research. Is it really true that bettas cannot be kept with any other fish? And to my surprise they can be!!! I was so excited! Started to research which fish were best & which ones were not. Of course, the sites I came across give general ideas but also make it clear that all fish are different & have different temperaments. I've had all of my fish long enough to know their personalities. My daughter's betta "Oscar" seemed to be not aggressive to me compared to some I've seen. He wasn't bothered by anything we did around him & just to see how he'd react I put a mirror in front of him...normally I wouldn't do that cause I'm not into stressing out my fish...but I needed to see if he was aggressive or not & he didn't respond to his own reflection at all LOL so we put him in the tank & it's been a few days now & I've never seen a happier betta!!!! He swims about ALL the time. He's explored the entire tank & isn't shy or bothered by any of the other fish at all. They seem to steer a little clear from him but probably because he's new. I watch him & the Angel closely & they seem to be doing just fine. They both mind their own business & co-exist well. I will certainly keep my eyes on the situation for a while because I know once everyone gets used to the new situation things can change. I read that someone thought their fish were doing fine then days later they started to have issues so I'll keep on the lookout but all seems to be going very very very well & we are all happy! I caution anyone that has fish or plans to that you do a lot of research & sometimes the more you do the more confused you'll get because you'll find many for & many against every & anything you'll want to do with your tank. Just always keep in mind that all fish are different & although they may have some personality guidelines like most living things do, these are not set in stone & things could vary depending on many different factors. I suggest not only using suggestions of which fish can & cannot be together when setting up a tank along with testing your fish with each other! We cannot predict how things will go but we can always try, watch & react when needed. I'm sooooo happy that I decided to try this out with my betta & I hope that it gives hope to those out there that have them in those tiny little betta bowls & tanks to try & make a change if you think the change would work. I know it hasn't been long for my new setup so I'll check back in if there happen to be any changes & I have to remove my betta!


dawnmarrie 2 years ago

I had two black mollies that were pragnet (and I didn't know it)and they ate all their babies but one(micky), that I saved by putting it in the betta's (elvis) tank! And they would swim together all the time:) it was really cute but my betta(elvis) was also 3 years old so it had probably calmed down. Also that betta(elvis) lived to be 5 years old and when it died the black molly(mickey) died soon after:(


Erik Renn 2 years ago

I have a male betta which is quite peaceful and non aggressive and in the tank with it I have two Cory catfish which keep the bottom clean. Not sure how aggressive your betta is and how they will work in your tank, just a suggestion.


Adeline 21 months ago

I have a 3 gallon tank that is heavily planted. I have a betta living there by himself. I was excited to get 7 shrimp to live with him. It turns out ghost shrimp can sometimes be aggressive. A few days later, i noticed that quite a bit of my bettas tail is missing. I googled this, as it turns out, ghost shrimp may eat and kill bettas while they are sleeping.


Kim 20 months ago

I have a 23 Gallon tank, and I have

5 neon tetras (getting 5 more later)

3 bronze Corydora Catfish

1 pleco sucker fish

2 female guppy's (both pregnant!)

1 Betta fish

What other fish can I add to my mix, that will get along I'm finding that the fish I have atm all get along perfectly!! :) and as I'm new to tropical fish im loving my tank but want a few more fish :)


josh 20 months ago

My betta and my guppies sort of get along. The betta chases them sometimes but never has hurt them. Plz help should I keep them in the same tank? Thankss


Anonymous 17 months ago

In response to Kim: You could put in a mystery snail. You could get up to 3. It's unlikely they will breed, for some reason they don't tend to breed in a freshwater aquarium. They will help to keep the aquarium clean.


ARose 11 months ago

3 Cory cats (1 albino), 6 dalmation mollies with my white/teal betta in a 98 litre (just over 25 US gallons) tank!

And 6 cory cats (four albino) 10 cardinal tetras, 2 Clown loaches with my black/red Betta in a 190 litre (roughly 50 us gallon) tank. The corys work amazingly well in a community tank with Bettas! could not recommend it more, especially if it's early days for you with betta care in a community tank!


Anonymous 8 months ago

A few questions:

-Can other types of freshwater shrimp than the ghost shrimp be kept with bettas?

-Can 4 or 5 neon tetras instead of 6-12+ be kept with betas?

-Can other types of tetras be kept with bettas?


breanna 8 months ago

you can have a guppy and a betta as long as they arnt agressev


Natalie 7 months ago

I have a male betta and a tutti fruty frog in a 30 gallon tank together, and they get along without any trouble, but once I put any other kind of fish besides plecos he gets very defensive.


Sydney79 7 months ago

I have one make crowntail betta in a 22 gal tank with 2 mystery snails and several nerite snails (zebra, sun thorn, Tigers eye, black racer, zebra thorns) in all I have 11 snails with him and occasionally if he's irritated bc the snails are in his way he will tail bump it or nose butt, generally he's passive with the snails, as they are no competion for food. I did however make the mistake of getting 2 brightly colored Sakura shrimp (neocaridina davidi), and even with ample hiding places, (I have a spongebob pineapple and squid ward house as well as moss balls and driftwood weighted down) they were very curious little shrimp that became a snack over night


BettaLoverXOXO 7 months ago

Can you put a betta with glo-fish??


Xavierthebetta 7 months ago

My boyfriend and I recently decide to get our first pets together. We each brought a dog in so 2 was enough for us so we got a blue veil tail betta named Xavier. After a while we wanted to add something not see often to the tank so we got a single ghost shrimp. Our betta loves him. Every feeding day after he eats he swims down to our shrimp, now named kevin, and let's him clean him. He also keeps the tank cleaner. It's great. Looking into getting another one soon.

Just keep in mind your shrimp will cook if the temp is too high. Just keep an eye on him. If she's tinted pink then it's too hot. About 76-77 seems to be a good spot for ours.


Tori 7 months ago

I actually have another betta , separated of course . With two ghost shrimp(ones a pregnant female) . I'm thinking of going to get a few more . But wanna see how these two do . My first betta flares at the other , but the other truly could care less haha There in a 5 gal and I'm thinking of upgrading to a new 10 from Wal-Mart when I can (: I don't want to buy the petco sale ones due to they look like 5 gals not 10 . I wanted to make sure they'd be okay in the bettas tank with heat and glad to know so !


Sam 7 months ago

I used to have a oto in my tank with my betta. Sadly, it died 2 days after I got it and I'm not sure why. The betta and the oto got along great but the oto just died. Do you know why?


ll 6 months ago

Are corydoras good for bettas? I have a female halfmoon betta


BirdBug 6 months ago

I have 3 Peppered Cory Cats with my male Betta. Cories are schooling fish who are low aggression. Sometimes they try to make Bug, my betta, school and it can be quite comical. Bug has never nipped and gets along rather well with my cories. Might add a couple neon tetras but that's tbd.


Morgan 5 months ago

I have my half-moon beta in a tank with red cherry shrimp. The cherry shrimp breed and the beta sometimes eats the babies but hey, natural food is the best right?


kinsadie kitten lover 5 months ago

can i add a blue tang????????????


mybettascarlet 4 months ago

what about mystery/apple snail


Finnigan 3 months ago

Will a male betta get along with a few platties in a ten gallon tank?


LadyGanja 3 months ago

I have female bettas with mollies in a 55 gallon for now but was downsizing to 30g and thinking of a different fish type to put with my bettas. They get along great I just want a fish that i don't have to worry about breeding as my only breeding focus is on bettas. I think having a non violent, non betta fish type with female bettas makes them less aggressive.


Vickie 3 months ago

Not male betta but I have a 7 betta female sorority in a 29 gal with 7 celestial pearl danios and they get along fine, no flaring, nipping etc, the danios tend to do their own thing and are nimble enough to move if they feel the need


Bettagrl 2 months ago

Albino catfish. Perfect tank mate.


Justin Yeoh 2 months ago

You should add cherry shrimp to the list. Similar to the ghost shrimp but more colourful and more fun to watch :)


Alice 7 weeks ago

I had a goldfish in with my betta and he did well with the fish....... The fish never died till 8 months later the water was fine the swam with each other and never really attacked each other but the goldfish wasnt really gold he was milty color red white black with a small dash of gold


Ally 7 weeks ago

I have a female Betta with my male they follow each other everywhere it helps they've known each other since she was a baby I do know you have to be careful with this though cause if your male is highly aggressive he could kill her luckly all mine have been mild in temperament and love having the girl around.


Ash 5 weeks ago

Are Pencilfish(Nannostomus Beckfordi) good tank mates for Bettas?


Lol 5 weeks ago

I'm not kidding. I put a betta with cichlids. They were same size at the moment so yea


Betta girl 3 weeks ago

I have a 2 gallon tank for my betta... what are some other fish/crustecia i could put in there? He looks lonely :/


Timburrwulf 3 weeks ago

Betta-Fett gets along beautifully with my 2 otocinclus. I'm slowly introducing live plants and have a lovely piece of driftwood in the tank, too.


thom 13 days ago

I keep a gold weather loach with my betta in a 20 gallon tank they get along fine but I've read that the WEATHER LOACH will attack the betta if the tank is too small so if you don't have a banish tank I wouldn't keep them together.


Anon 9 days ago

Having read the whole article on beta companions. The shop worker referring to clown fish and beta together. Could have been referring to a marine beta for the clown fish or even clown loaches for a beta splenden. He maybe should have explained himself better.


Rachael. 5 days ago

I actually have 2 male guppies in my tank with my betta. I know it suggests not to, but both my guppies are pale in colour & my betta doesn't really care that they are there. But I have noticed a change In his behaviour. He seems to be a lot more active since I put them in.


Beta fish are cool 5 days ago

I'm so sad because my mom told me I have to wait a month till I can get one even though I have the tank set up and everything ready for it (long story that no fair) so the toddler I babysit mom has a beta in a mason jar and the water is so gross you can't even tell what color the fish is (it's a betta) and my stupid mom won't let me rescue it :/ it's like she just doesn't care that it's suffering in pain


PetSmartKhaleesi 3 days ago

Hey! I work at PetSmart and it doesn't surprise me that a PetCo employee would not know these things. In the past I've actually seen incompatible fish in the tanks together in the store. Part of me wonders if he was meaning a clown loach since they do *slightly* resemble clowfish... in that they have stripes.

ANYWHO, I have 3 bettas, each in 5 gallon tanks. A black and silver half-moon, Thorin, who lives with a gold longfin zebra danio, nerite snail, otocinclus, and a lone neon tetra (a rescue who remarkably -and uncharacteristically- does very well on his own). Thorin is terrified of neon tetras, so no schools for him. He IS okay with Trooper, though.

I have a red, gold, iron and black dragonscale veil, Durhnevir, who is too aggressive for friends. He has an assassin snail and I'm looking to experiment with a ghost catfish and amano shrimp.

My third is a gold and smokey green veiltail, Hexxus. He has a school of celestial pearl danios, and an amano shrimp. The tank is heavily planted to allow for more fish without upsetting the nitrogen cycle. ;3


PetSmartKhaleesi 3 days ago

To answer a few questions on here:

Sam: your otto probably died because you either didn't have enough space, not enough cover, didn't have a heater, or he was stressed from lack of like- species. They prefer to school in groups of 3 or more, but sometimes they're okay being alone if they have enough hiding places to escape to.

kinsadie kitten lover: no, blue tangs are marine (saltwater) and require a minimum of 40 gallons of space. 60 long is actually better. Bettas are tropical (warm freshwater 78-82°)

Betta girl: the only friend he might be able to have in a space that small is an African Dwarf Frog. They require minimum 1 gallon of space. My sister's mother in law actually keeps 3 in an XL mason jar.

Anon: there are no saltwater species of bettas.

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