11 Best Betta Fish Tank Mates

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

What Fish Will Your Betta Get Along With?

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

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

CAUTION!!!

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

What Fish Can Live With Bettas?

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

1. Harlequin Rasboras

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

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

Harlequin Rasboras
Harlequin Rasboras | Source

2. Loaches

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

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

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

Kuhli Loach
Kuhli Loach | Source

3. Ghost Shrimp

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

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

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

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

Ghost Shrimp
Ghost Shrimp | Source

4. Zebra Snails

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

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

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

Zebra Snail
Zebra Snail | Source

5. Bristlenose Plecos

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

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

Bristlenose Plecos
Bristlenose Plecos

6. Neon Tetras

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

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

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

Neon Tetras
Neon Tetras

7. Ember Tetras

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

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

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

Ember Tetras
Ember Tetras | Source

8. African Dwarf Frogs

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

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

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

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

African Dwarf Frog
African Dwarf Frog | Source

9. White Cloud Mountain Minnows

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

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

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

White Cloud Mountain Minnows
White Cloud Mountain Minnows

10. Clown Pleco (Panaque Maccus)

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

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

11. Pygmy Corydora Catfish (Cory Fish)

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

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

Cory Catfish
Cory Catfish | Source

Fish to Avoid Keeping With Betta

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

Fish That Should Not Share a Betta Tank

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

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 will very likely be attacked and killed. 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. Even if your betta does happen to get along with them, goldfish are a bad idea because they're dirty fish. They will upset your water pH very quickly and lead to a dead or diseased betta.

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. This is why I don't buy fish from major chain pet stores.

How Many Fish Should You Keep in Your Betta Tank?

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

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

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

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

A Guide to Caring for Your Betta

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

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

What tankmates do you have in your betta tank?

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      Daniel 

      8 days ago

      White cloud mountain minnow cherry barb and platys I have 3 Bettas in separate tanks

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      josh 

      2 weeks ago

      i have two male bettas and 3 tetras

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      Demitri D. Rhem 

      3 weeks ago

      Platys

      cory catfish

      harlequin fish

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      Alexandra Cloud 

      4 weeks ago

      We have a male beta in with two sucker fish. He was aggresive in a small tank but once we put him in a 10 gallon his entire attitude changed. Hes no longer aggressive and way more active.

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      Josh James 

      4 weeks ago

      We keep our Copper Beta in a 15gal community tank with 4 cherry Barb's,5 lamp eye tetras, bumblebee platys can't keep count em.

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      Jessica 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi I have some guppys with my betta my betta is a peaceful fish it is a male has never killed anything I have a yellow male and two orange females and two baby guppy in the tank but in a net thing also a shrimp and a small other fish I forgot the name but some fish are mean aggressive and violent mine is peaceful and calm first care about the other fish so yeah this is not for all people u think you should get a bag and put the betta in it rest it in your tank if it flares up at the other fish that's a no no but if it is calm you can let it in the tank and just watch it if you have time to make sure if something goes wrong you can pull it out idk I'm not a pet shop owner or a smart fish person I'm just saying what I did my fish are living happy ever after btw ( by the way ) hoped this helped this is my opinion :p

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      Lu 

      5 weeks ago

      Zebra Cory, dwarf rasboras, platy, albino pleco, bristlenose and white cloud minnow.

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      Lisa Brown 

      5 weeks ago

      I have four Mollies, two Platies, and a Cory Albino Catfish in my tank. Do you recommend these tank mates? My female betta is a juvenile and she's a little over an inch. When she's full grown I don't want her picking on my other fish. If I have to separate them I would rather do it while she's young.

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      Lisa Hicks 

      5 weeks ago

      Can u put a female beta and male together

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      Batista 

      6 weeks ago

      Right now I have a Guppie 4 zebrafish 2 Cory catfish 1 clown loche 3ghost shrimp 1baby platty and a snail population should I get a betta fish iny 30 gallons

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      A Person 

      6 weeks ago

      Betta go well with skirt tetras as well. I found that if you have a larger tank, around 20 gallons, you can keep a betta with a female gourami, I also used to keep my betta with a few zebra danios

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      Annval 

      7 weeks ago

      I have 4 bettas and one of them is quite timid so i placed them in a community with tetra and guppies. Works fine and usually its the female guppy that is aggressive in this tank ate the babies and shrimps while the betta will shy away. My other 3 bettas are more aggressive kind.

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      TinyTiarne124 

      2 months ago

      I had a small male and female guppy that my younger sister ancidently placed in the Bettas tank and they were perfectly fine. I also have 6 mystery snails, 4 guppies and 3 Halfmoon male betta in a 150litre tank and they are all perfectly fine.

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      Macy 

      2 months ago

      To Erica,

      Yes, definitely take the tetras out. A tank isn't really considered natural, so why let natural selection take place when you have he power to save your tetras? ;)

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      Erica 

      2 months ago

      I put my male beta with 6 tetras last night and now I'm down to 4 of them... I know had to be attacked because I found him without a tail and stuck to the filter within 2 hours. The second one I still can't find I think my beta ate him. Not really sure what to do right now, should I take the other 4 out and put them in their own tank? Or let Natural selection take it's course and assume those two were just weak.

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      Andrew 

      2 months ago

      Haha, you mentioned clown fish as a bad tank mate

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      Doug K 

      2 months ago

      What about other types of shrimp? There are other kinds of similar size would these work as well?

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      Emily 

      2 months ago

      I have 3 male Betta all in the same tank and they are happy together

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      Cindy 

      2 months ago

      We got a Beta today and two comit fish. Al three of them is about 3m. Will they get along?

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      TBB 

      2 months ago

      Btw not trying to answer in place of the person over this thread so im sorry to make some mad, and 50/50 chance btw for betta and guppies to get along,i have a friend with a 35g or so tank full of guppies and a betta and i guess they get along,but its known for bettas to find competition in other peacocking fish and also guppies reproduce like crap and bettas are known to eat eggs and babies. So if you have betta and guppies together then its at your own risk, but best if its a bigger tank for the betta to feel less terratorial.

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      Coco 

      2 months ago

      Could beta fish go with guppies

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      TBB 

      2 months ago

      Btw nishanth; betta fish have diff personalities like people and your betta might feel your guppy is competition. But its a random chance to get a non aggressive one. My best guess dont put anything in there with him he'll find a competition with. Otherwise youll go back next time to a finless guppy.

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      Jade 

      3 months ago

      To the guy that’s has the red claw crab with his betta ...careful we had to take our crab out because it tried to kill our betta ,his fins are now ripped from the crabs attempts. That’s just my personal expirense. We have a Pleco who is amazing with him and a few tetra but we want more. Any advice as we are concerned as our betta isn’t aggressive at all but is a bit of a softy

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      NISHANTH 

      3 months ago

      I have a zebra & guppy & betta but betta is nibbling guppy not zebra ??? Y

      Please send me a solution.

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      TBB 

      3 months ago

      Nvm the platy .-. The tigers killed him...also if anyone ever buys tiger barbs; just go ahead and flush them save your other fish the trouble of being killed by them.

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      jacob 

      3 months ago

      I have a cool betta with some African dwarf frogs in a two gallon tank and im also thinking of putting my dwarf frogs in the 20 gallon with aggressive fish

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      Moodyp 

      3 months ago

      My Betta lives with a red clawed crab

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      TBB 

      3 months ago

      You dont have to post mine but also i forgot about my shy little platy...its traumatized by my tigers i wanna get rid of and he never bothers anyone

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      TBB 

      3 months ago

      Will cherry barbs be ok since their shy and peaceful? Oh and panda catfish?

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      tony 

      3 months ago

      Great advices, Thanks

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      Kula 

      3 months ago

      I have a molly breeder and a bunch of babies in my tank and the betta grnerally leavrs them be but they have a tendency to pick on my betta so hr did eat one that wouldnt leave him be but other than that he gets along with them my pygmy catfish and my giant pleco...theres about 50 mollys (most are babies that will be moved)...the beta, pygmy and pleco. Looking to add something bigger and slower...any suggestions? 55 gal tank.

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      Michelle 

      3 months ago

      Actually you are kind of wrong i have a Fancy Guppy and a Siamese Fighting Betta in the same tank along with my 4 zebra danios, a black fin tetra, and a dalmation mollies.I moved loki (my betta) into the community tank but yet

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      Lexie 

      3 months ago

      In my tank I have 3 Corydoras 3 Neon tetras and 4 harlequin rasboras and there obsessed with my Berta and my betta love them

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      Hannah Banana 

      3 months ago

      This was helpful! I got my Bettas at Walmart and thought of getting a sucker fish like the ones that eat the algae! Can I do that?

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      Parag 

      3 months ago

      Very helpful, thanks.

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      Angela 

      3 months ago

      My beautiful betta Donut was not aggressive at all. I put him in a 20 gallon tank with 10 harlequin rasboras and he didn't bother them at all but refused to eat and was bottom sitting. Even though I moved him to a 10 gallon tank by himself after a few days of signs of stress, he still refused to eat and died shortly afterwards. I was luckier with my previous Betta, I had him for a long time and he was attacking a single other tank mate a bristlenose in a 30 gallon tank, he would attack shrimp, snails even my fingers. I understand every Betta is different that's why I tried a few options out, but losing healthy fish just from stress was hard on me and I'm not willing to try it out again.

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      glenda 

      3 months ago

      I found out the hard way that Female Crown Tail Betta's are almost as agressive as Male Bettas. I bought a Half Moon Betta and my Crown Tails constantly chased and nipped her. I put my Half Moon back in her cup until tomorrow when I can get her her own tank. Noone at the pet store had knowledge of Crown Tail aggression, and also tank size. The girl I talked to tried to sell me a tiny three-tiered betta tank, stating that Betta's don't need a lot of room.

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      Platy 

      3 months ago

      I had great success with platys in with my betta. Several different kinds too, even colorful ones. On aside note I had to remove the neon tetras b/c they were eating my bettas fins! Neon tetra & betta Do not get along in my tanks.

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      Coppertop 

      3 months ago

      The ghost shrimp are also great for their speed and ease of hiding. When my betta does happen to investigate one of them they can easily zip away and hide well under rocks and amongst the plants. The betta doesn't seem to mind them and will only occasionally come towards them seemingly more out of curiosity than aggression, as I've never seen it try to bite at them. I even put in a few hideaways that the betta can't get into so that they have a place to feel secure if he's being a brat that day.

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      Arsinoway 

      3 months ago

      I have a goldfish bowl with a dozen mini corydora catfish in it. I lost the aquarium they were originally kept in, and the bowl was temporary housing until I set up a new tank. I ended up keeping them there because they bred in the bowl and seemed quite happy there (rocks and live plants). After 3 years of people thinking I kept an empty goldfish bowl, I introduced a Betta. The Betta spends most of his waking hours hanging out with the Corys! They all get along very well, and the Betta is not lonely. It's a large goldfish bowl, and I would feel guilty about the size, etc... but everyone has been doing well for a looong time.

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      aunna 

      3 months ago

      i have four zebra danios

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      Big Beautiful Betta 

      3 months ago

      I have one female betta by herself, but I have had her for quite a while and she is fun to interact with and definitely smarter than your average 'fish'.

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      Laura 

      3 months ago

      @Jgabs you can do 3 snails or 3 shrimp. However a betta SHOULD NEVER be kept in a bowl, they need at least 5 gallons :) in a 5 gallon you could do maybe 4 neons.

      sign up on Fishlore i use it its the BEST fish website EVER

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      Jgabs 

      3 months ago

      I just have a fish bowl... what fish could be mixed with my betta :(

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      Betty 

      3 months ago

      I have a 60 gallon tall tank and I was wondering if I could have more than one male Betta in the tank?

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      Ethan 

      3 months ago

      Glass cats go well together have had them for a long time and not a single fight :)

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      Jacob 

      4 months ago

      I put a gobi dragon in with my male and they seem to do fine, no fighting or nipping, not even a flare up from the male betta that ive seen its been a week

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      olivia 

      4 months ago

      hey! i have an okay size tank and in it i have 3 tetras one female beta thats 2 1/2 years old a pleco and i just but in a tiger barb but the 3 neon tetras the beta and pleco are always near eachother and never fight! im lucky i have friendly fish:) they haven’t even bothered with the baby tiger barb!

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      Mama Four Point Oh 

      4 months ago

      How do we know if it's a Male or female betta? The label only said half moon betta.

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      Sammy 

      4 months ago

      Hi guys, wondering if anyone can suggest if any other fish can go in a 5 gallon tank along with one male betta. I am not sure if this tank size is big enough to introduce more fish friends.

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      Michelle 

      4 months ago

      Well it killed all of thw tetras. As of right now the plecko seems ok... i guess we shall see

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      Minnow?? 

      4 months ago

      I have a minnow about the size of a baby beta. If I add a baby beta with the minnow will the Betta eat him when he is older???????

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      Plz help 

      4 months ago

      So I had a huge tank with a bunch of minnows and one day the glass cracked so I gave my fish away I was able to keep a minnow about the size of a baby Betta. If I add the baby Betta now will it eat the minnow when the Betta is bigger??????????

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      Maria Froehlich 

      5 months ago

      My 20 gallon community tank seems to be working okay with my female betta, 6 platies (2 male 4 female), 4 juevenile guppies, pygmy cory cat, 2 green cory cats, peppered cory cat and 1 snail (i forget the name of the species but its a small black little guy).

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      Hi 

      5 months ago

      So my betta is super aggressive do you have any thank mates I could put in with him. By the way he wouldn't get along with a grey corydoras, and hi son thank is 5 gallons

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      I WANT FISHIES :P 

      5 months ago

      So i have a 10 gallon container and i put 5 small fish in there and they all died. I don’t know why but I’m planning on getting a betta but what if the same thing happens to it? Any thoughts?

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      TJGamer 

      5 months ago

      I have a betta in a tank with a Giant danio I had rescued and they are best friends

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      nikkonikko0186 

      5 months ago

      i have a betta male in my tank, and his tank mates are 1 male neon blue platy, and 3 male threadfin rainbow fish. i used to have just the betta and and 2 male platys, but the other one would bully the smaller platy and the beta, tried getting a different platy, but the smaller one got bullied again. the betta and platy get on fine, so i decided to make an addition to the tank, and got the 3 threadfin rainbow fish. i was a little worried at first, but they seem to get on great. the threadfins are docile, they were tanked with platys at the store, so the platy i have and the threadfins get on fine. as far as with the betta and the threadfins, they don't pester him, and he doesn't pester them. i've never seen threadfins before, and i'm really enjoying their addition to the tank. honestly considering expanding the tank just to be able to get more.

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      liette 

      5 months ago

      I keep 7 female betta fish and fancy guppies together and have never had any problems. They live in a 65 gallon tank looking to get more tankmates. the bettas do eat the BABY guppies.

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      Newb 

      5 months ago

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

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      Shivaun 

      6 months ago

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

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      Amari 

      6 months ago

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

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      Person_lovebettas 

      6 months ago

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

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      Flux 

      6 months ago

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

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      Stallion44107 

      6 months ago

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

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      Richard 

      7 months ago

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

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      Novafish 

      7 months ago

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

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

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      Carolyn8585 

      7 months ago

      Maybe he ment a clown loach

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      Mega Rounder 

      7 months ago

      Amanda there is no specific Saltwater betta fishes

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      Amanda 

      7 months ago

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

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      snowball 

      7 months ago

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

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      Betta 

      7 months ago

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

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      Pet Store Girl 

      7 months ago

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

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      fish lover 

      7 months ago

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

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      ch 

      7 months ago

      can i keep all of these fishes together?

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      Finnedwonders 

      7 months ago

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

      RIP Star, Toast, and Bubbles.

      Orion rules over the 10 gal now.

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      Anna 

      8 months ago

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

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      Jennifer 

      8 months ago

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

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      Cat 

      8 months ago

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

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      Giles 

      8 months ago

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

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      Angela Garcia 

      8 months ago

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

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      issac 

      8 months ago

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

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      Alyx 

      8 months ago

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

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      mag 

      9 months ago

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

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      Ceyla 

      9 months ago

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

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      Ceyla  

      9 months ago

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

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      Don’t know girl 

      9 months ago

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

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      kool 

      9 months ago

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

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      Anonymous 

      9 months ago

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

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      9 months ago

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

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      tabbymichaels 

      9 months ago

      @tortillatwinsma69 / @animallover_101 / @betta love

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

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

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

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      Emma 

      9 months ago

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

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      nina 

      9 months ago

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

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      ScooterGirl 

      9 months ago

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

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

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      Cj 

      9 months ago

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

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      Cas 

      9 months ago

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

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      @george_cory_tetra on instagram 

      10 months ago

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

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      Mabry 

      10 months ago

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

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      Raven 

      10 months ago

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

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      carol 

      10 months ago

      i found this info so helpful thank you

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