11 Best Betta Fish Tank Mates

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

What Fish Will Your Betta Get Along With?

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

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


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

What Fish Can Live With Bettas?

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

1. Harlequin Rasboras

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

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

Harlequin Rasboras
Harlequin Rasboras | Source

2. Loaches

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

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

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

Kuhli Loach
Kuhli Loach | Source

3. Ghost Shrimp

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

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

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

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

Ghost Shrimp
Ghost Shrimp | Source

4. Zebra Snails

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

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

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

Zebra Snail
Zebra Snail | Source

5. Bristlenose Plecos

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

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

Bristlenose Plecos
Bristlenose Plecos

6. Neon Tetras

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

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

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

Neon Tetras
Neon Tetras

7. Ember Tetras

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

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

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

Ember Tetras
Ember Tetras | Source

8. African Dwarf Frogs

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

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

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

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

African Dwarf Frog
African Dwarf Frog | Source

9. White Cloud Mountain Minnows

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

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

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

White Cloud Mountain Minnows
White Cloud Mountain Minnows

10. Clown Pleco (Panaque Maccus)

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

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

11. Pygmy Corydora Catfish (Cory Fish)

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

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

Cory Catfish
Cory Catfish | Source

Fish to Avoid Keeping With Betta

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

Fish That Should Not Share a Betta Tank

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


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


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


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

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

How Many Fish Should You Keep in Your Betta Tank?

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

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

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

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

A Guide to Caring for Your Betta

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

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

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      Krissybabe 8 days ago

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

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      ronaldthebetta 12 days ago

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

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      tortillatwinsma69 12 days ago

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

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      necopleco 2 weeks ago

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

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      Rebeltanker91 2 weeks ago

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

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      marlan 3 weeks ago

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

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      Zoë 3 weeks ago

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

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      nina 4 weeks ago

      i have all those fish

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      Alex 5 weeks ago

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

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      Raven Leo Goldenhawk 5 weeks ago

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

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      Helper 6 weeks ago

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

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      Tiffany B 6 weeks ago

      This was so helpful! Thanks!

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

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

      I'd be so upset if something happened.

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

      Thanks again!

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      Sofia 7 weeks ago

      So should i get a neon tetra

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      Anthony 7 weeks ago

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

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      Alexandra 7 weeks ago

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

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      Anon 7 weeks ago

      @Need help

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

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      V Gauthier 2 months ago

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

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      Need help 2 months ago

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

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      New fish owner 2 months ago

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

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      amanda 2 months ago

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

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      Yash 2 months ago

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

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      nabhan 3 months ago

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

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      N/A 3 months ago

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

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      Manith 3 months ago

      Black ghost knife fish

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      n/a 3 months ago

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

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      Nameless 3 months ago

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

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

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      SomeName 3 months ago

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

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      Jamie 3 months ago

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

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      colleen proctor 3 months ago

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

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      Amir 4 months ago

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

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      Patty 4 months ago

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

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      Sam 4 months ago

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

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      Cmor8350 4 months ago

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

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      4 months ago

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

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      4 months ago

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

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      wolfman jenkins 4 months ago

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

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      kath 4 months ago

      thanks for the info

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      mccormick 4 months ago

      thanks for the info

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      Mary P 5 months ago

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

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      eva 5 months ago

      Good idea , I love animal and fishs

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      I am a HUGE fish lover 5 months ago

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

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      betta love 5 months ago

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

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      Anonymous 6 months ago

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

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      Gina 6 months ago

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

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      Amelie 6 months ago

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

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      Jonathan 6 months ago

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

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      Smurf 6 months ago

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

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      Chickadee 6 months ago

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

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      Jan 6 months ago

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

      Hope this will help

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      We just purchased a baby male betta we have a 1 gallon tank we also got the filter and we purchased the water cleaner that you do once a week if your water is dirty my problem is is I purchased marble 6 months ago

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

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      BettaMomma 7 months ago

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

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

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


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      Fay 7 months ago

      My blue male betta name bluie love his tank and his fish he share with a big Chinese ground eater fish Keiko. I had fish Keiko first over 4 years and then I upgrade to a 29 gallon tank from a 10 gallon tank and I was new to big tank and the heater. The other fishes had die and I want to get a new fish for fish Keiko and they are good with eacher and look for more fish for them

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      princess Aqua 7 months ago

      i need some suggestions on fish that can live with a betta, can live 1-2 gallon tank and does not need a filter

      i really appreciate your help. please answer quickly i have been resarching for weeks and no helpful links yet, please help me, i'm beggin you.

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      7 months ago

      My Betta, Brian lives in a 5 gallon Tank with a Pleco, Ghost Shrimp and various live plants. They all get along great and I haven't seen any issues with nipping or fighting yet. I would like to add some more friends but I also don't want to overcrowd the tank. I am more interested in adding more live plants. Are there any variations of ferns that I can get that are red or purple to add some more color to the tank?

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      The Betta Guy 7 months ago

      I have a male betta in a 3 gallon taank with two dorf frog a pleco and sometipe of catfish.

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      TJ ThE Fish guy 7 months ago

      I have a 10 gallon with a Betta Gourami 2 tiger plattys and 4 tetras

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      Brin 8 months ago

      I have also added three females into my rank who get along very well with my male. Neons and also piecos are in my tank and Shogun doesn't even notice them.

      Lots of bushy high plants are great for them all fish to hide in your tank as well

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      Trcook 8 months ago

      I'm going to get some fish today and I don't know what to get. I have a 2.5 gallon tank and I want to get a snail to what kinds of fish can I put with the snail?

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      Mk Goodwin 8 months ago

      I have a Betta in a 55 with an Angel, Blue Gourami, and Pearl Danios (3), neons (6).

      No problems thus far.

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      Jayking104 8 months ago

      White Cloud Mountain Minnows are very good fish. I have 6 bettas, (One passed earlier this year from a disease) and 8 White Cloud Minnows (Schooling Fish) in a 15 gallon tank. They share basically the same specs as my female bettas need. Plus, they eat the same food but love frozen/dried bloodworms.

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      Leon Rein 8 months ago

      I have a male Betta in a 1.5 gallon tank with 3 zebra danios and one small pleco. They seem to get along okay, but I am keeping an eye on them, since the danios constantly get in the bettas territory. Although, the betta is very shy and lets them, so I might get him his own tank.

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      Anonymous 8 months ago

      My betta has lived alongside 4 female mickey mouse platys and 2 hatchetfish in his 30 gallon for about a year now. I guess you could say it's gone...swimmingly

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      Kristal 9 months ago

      I have platy's in my tank with the betta. He's gone after all my guppies and I had to put them in a separate tank.

      Learnt the hard way before coming across this.

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      Just some random 9 months ago

      Not sticking up for petco guy but there is a marine fish called a betta and there is a tropical called a clown fish

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      Charlotte 9 months ago

      I just got three golden black yellow sakura shrimp!

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      sadie rainbolt 9 months ago

      i have a 5 gallon planted tank with a male betta in it. i also have a 20 gallon tank with glofish in it i removed my bristlenose pleco from my 20 gallon becuase i read online that he has to have a peice of driftwood and my betta tank had one is it ok if theya re housed togther in a 5 gallon tank?

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      Glenn R Beaver Jr. 9 months ago

      Armored catfish works well, and a mystery snail.

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      MEEEEE! 9 months ago

      When Petco Fish Guy said clownfish, he may have meant clown loach, which would make more sense

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      Chris 9 months ago

      What about cherry shrimp??

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      Fish Keeper 9 months ago

      I have a half-moon betta with 2 neon tetras, one zebra snail and a albino Corydora Catfish. The fish live in harmony

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      Ryan 9 months ago

      Cat fish and some thing like tetra fish

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      Fish 9 months ago

      Cory catfish

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      anonymous 9 months ago

      i have a male betta, male ghost shrimp (we learned his gender because i originally had two, the female got pregnant so we removed her from the tank) and as far as i know, two male mystery snails (genders are unknown, i just assume they're males). my betta gets along fine with the shrimp, they've been in the same tank (3 gal) for a few months now with no issues whatsoever. we just added the two snails just the other day. i think my betta likes them. he gets really close to them and occasionally pecks at their shells, but i'm hoping it's just because he's curious of these new guys and that he'll get over them, as he did with the ghost shrimp.

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      Nicole :) 9 months ago

      I have had my beta for about two years now and I had him in a one gallon tank(no filter). A family friend just gave me a two gallon tank(with filters and heater). So I moved my beta to the two gallon tank and my mom brought home 4 neon tetras and 2 snails. 2 tetras and 1 snail for my brother. I put his snail and tetras in the same tank as my beta. So in total I currently have 1 beta, 4 tetras, and 2 snails in my two gallon tank. I came home from school today and 2 tetras were dead. I don't know if my beta killed them or not. All I know is they're dead. It is just now coming to my knowledge that I need a 10 gallon tank. I don't know. Please help me :(

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      Bfrazier 10 months ago

      We have a fiddler crab in with my betta along with a mystery snail. We've had the betta for about 6 months and he has lots of personality. He comes when called and blows bubbles for food. In an attempt to keep from having to clean his tank as often we purchased a waterfall filter. This helped and even though we were warned bettas don't like current, Taco (the fish) enjoys riding it but also has places to hid from the flow. This helped but I wanted to do more so we got the snail and crab. It's been a little over a month since introduction and all three seem to get along great. Taco swims around exploring as usual. The crab climbs in all the plants. And the snail stays mostly in the back, but I catch him up on the front glass in the mornings. Thinking of adding a few ghost shrimp next.

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      Vic 10 months ago

      I have male and female guppies that get along very well with my Betta and also a Plec. So far so good!

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      Ramanan Naidu 10 months ago

      I live in Indonesia and you can get Bettas quite easily in where I live and recently I put 3 Black Ghosts in a small tank with Betta for almost a week now and so far they turn out to be good tank mates for Betta. I plan to add 1 more type of fish but since I have a small tank Tetras won't be suitable. Someone suggested Manfish to me but somehow I don't like them and tank size would also be a problem. Can you suggest other kinds of fish suitable for small tank.

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      No name 10 months ago

      Harlequin Rasboras. Betta doesn't seem to mind them. He chases them every now and then but isn't quick enough to catch them.

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      Sean 10 months ago

      I have a community tank with a betta and many other fish. It is a65 gallon tank though so some rules with smaller fish tanks don't apply, but I have some fish with him that would be a taboo.now I have a heavily planted tank so this also gives me some leeway . But you can pretty much put in any fish (that isn't nippy or aggressive and can live in the same environment)with your betta fish, even goldfish and guppies . So the key is a large tank with lots of plants and research whatever you are putting in. My betta is also very docile so that helps . So another key is also knowing your betta's aggressiveness . Very aggressive Bettas don't need or shouldn't be placed in a community tank . But if you have a docile betta, expirement and do research and you can have a huge variety of fish with your betta in the right setting. Have fun

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      d c 10 months ago

      I had loaches that got along great with my Betta.

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      SickCat 10 months ago

      I have 4 goramis an 1 betta in a 20 gallon high the do perfect together

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      anonymous25 10 months ago

      i have a 3 gallon tank and a was wondering what buddy i could get for my betta, my tank has many hiding spots and i was wondering if a african dwarf frog would be acceptable.

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      Anonymous 10 months ago

      Can I put Plattys and Cory catfish in a tank with a betta fish and do ghost shrimp do good with a betta and Plattys?

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      unknown 10 months ago

      you can add glass cat fish too and about the shrimp we used to give are betas gohst shrimp for a special treat

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      Bob 10 months ago

      When I was a kid and didn't know squat about bettas, I used to go to the local pet store and buy fish. They didnt care just so long as I had cash. I had a tank with coreys and plecos, a couple of mollys and two big angels. I eventually got a beta and tossed him in (mind you I was only a kid and didnt know jack about fish). The funny thing now is that he did fine. He hated the loach I had in there but was totally passive with the others. They didnt mind him either in fact they all got along perfectly...except the loach. They all hated the loach.

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      Pat 11 months ago

      I have a bristlenose pleco and five clown loaches with my betta who is three years old. Everyone is happy in the 48 gallon tank

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      Crystal 11 months ago

      do bettas get along with mystery snails

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      Sydney 11 months ago

      My betta fish Micah is a beautiful black betta with blue fins. I wanted to get something to balance him out because he blends into the background with the blue and green gravel. I looked online and found that neon tetras and white cloudfish go well with betta's. Micah attacked the tetras and I woke up to all 6 of them gone one morning, but he likes the white clouds. They stay out of his way and add a visible element to the tank. Ghost shrimp also work, but are not as visible, and Micah in particular seems to get annoyed by them after a few days.

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      J-dude 11 months ago

      I have a 5.5 gallon tank with a betta fish (Aristotle), two Zebra danios (Artemis and Amos), and two ghost shrimp (Leon and Larry). Upgrading to a nice fluval tank soon that's a bit bigger. Aristotle gets along with everybody very well.

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      animallover_101 11 months ago

      I am just starting a tank! i love all of the comments and this article. I want a male Betta. I will name him Bruce. I think I will put a snail in the bowl with it because they are adorable and good cleaners. I think that Bettas are the perfect starter fish because they don't need filter or heater and can live in a fish bowl not a huge $170 tank. I am going to shop at petsmart I think that is a good choice! Nobody will see this for another 7 years but thats ok! Bye and Thank You! :)

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      Abe 11 months ago

      I have and otocinclus, and 2 bumble catfish which are in a 2.5gal atm because thats what the netta hase been in for a year but they are all going into a 35 gal so i can add tetras and corydoras

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      Koda 11 months ago

      I have Pygmy corridors ! My betta is very aggressive and was killing everything I tried to put with him. Since corries are so small and fast he can't catch them and eat them.

      If you have an aggressive betta try these fish.

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      Anonymous 11 months ago

      I have a Japanese Algae Eater Shrimp. Its worked so far.

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      11 months ago

      Royal Blue Shrimp. They hide alot.

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      Kathryn 11 months ago

      I tryed all of these at diffrent times and they work! it will make a beatiful and better place for your betta! females dont get along with these though! so make sure to get a MALE!

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      Aquascaper2000 11 months ago

      Good tank mates for the Batta:

      ***GOLDEN RULE FOR BETTAS*** No fancy fish with long and or big brightly colored fins. They're mostly all unnatural fish anyway, and their colors often fade due to the fact that they were dyed unnaturally, and the long flashy flowing fins will be irrisistable to the betta. However, as long as u stick to that general rule, Betta's actually do very well with many MANY community fish, in a planted tank (the larger tank the better for anything slightly territorial fish).


      1. Platy's (NEVER had any probs)

      2. Rummy nose Tetras/most other smaller to medium variety of tetras too (need 6-12+)

      3. Malaysian Trumpet Snails/along w most other snails too. The betta may attack the long antanae of an apple "mystery" snail...but they eventually just keep them in for the most part. And it doesn't kill them; just bothers them at first. Also do great ramshorn snails. However ramshorn a are prolific breeders. But, there are many fish that would love to eat the babies (mainly loaches and puffers... And in a large enough tank, u could actually probably do well w a male and two or more females of pea puffers. They stay about a centimeter long, are FULLY FW, actually enjoying a ph on the low side...as oppose to basically all other puffers in the trade who actually should be in Brackish water once they've grown outa being babies. If ur very experiences with brackish puffers, than u can probably keep them in freshwater their whole lives. But brackish, and then even full saltwater for some, is needed when "freshwater" puffers are adults. Pea puffers are the ONLY true exception in the pet trade. There are some very exotic, very foreign to the pet trade, fully freshwater puffers out there other than the pea puffers. But one that I'm thinking of gets over 2 feet long, lol. AND? Most puffers (especially as they grow) are EXTREMELY viscous nocturnal fin NIPPERS!!!

      4. All live aquatic plants (depending on ur light, additives, and possible Co2 situation), along w driftwood and rocks to break lines of sight and, in essence, make the tank bigger for the fish by providing tons of hiding places, caves, and broken lines of site from end to end of the aquarium.

      5. Other males and/or females if u have them in an 80+ gallon community tank with a lot of plants, wood and stones/caves.

      6. I've also kept my male OR frmale betas in my Aipstogrammas breeder tanks sometimes, when there's a lack of space, and they seem to do fine. But, that may just be Bc the apistos are in "protect the eggs" mode while the betta just stays at the top.

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      Jennyjennjen17 12 months ago

      I have a betta in a one gallon tank and wanting to upgrade to a 5 gallon. When I do do you think 1 dwarf frog and 1 zebra snail would be a good addition. I don't think he's aggressive, but I've never had him with another fish before either. Or do you have another suggestion for him in this size tank.

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      PetSmartKhaleesi 12 months 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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      PetSmartKhaleesi 12 months 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

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      Beta fish are cool 12 months 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

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