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PostSubject: Compatable   Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:13 pm

I know I wont have fish for a while, till my tank is cycled, but could someone tell me what sort of fish I could have with a male betta? I saw a lovely one of these fosh in P@H yesterday and would love one in my tank but what other fish could I have with it??
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:04 am

Thought I'd add my second question to this one and hopefully get two answers for the price of one?? When you are doing the fishless cycle do I have to change the water at all? I am just thinking that the water is going to go a bit 'bad' if it takes about 3 weeks or so to finish the cycle - doesnt that kill off the bacteria?

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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:52 am

No need to water change during a cycle.

Betta Splendens males are usually best kept alone as they can be very aggressive. They will attack fish like guppies, other labyrinth fish (gouramis etc) and may eat fish like tetras. Some people have successfully kept them in community tanks but it severely limits what other fish you can have. You also need to avoid anything that will nip fins because they are of course a prime target for this.
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:57 am

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Thought I'd add my second question to this one and hopefully get two answers for the price of one?? When you are doing the fishless cycle do I have to change the water at all? I am just thinking that the water is going to go a bit 'bad' if it takes about 3 weeks or so to finish the cycle - doesnt that kill off the bacteria?

Thanks everyone Very Happy

No, not needed or the ammonia will be diluted every time you do it :lol:

*edit - sorry indi, i'm going blind & you already said it scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sat Jun 14, 2008 4:16 am

As above! I did once see a betta in a community set up, but ti is probably best to keep them on their own. They can get very aggressive towards tank mates!! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:10 am

I always thought thst bettas could be kept in a community tank as long as there werent any guppies in there with it. Are there other fush that would be a problem too? I know that male bettas are a bit bolshy with other males and that guppies are a prolem too, but if you wanted just an ordinary comm tank - harlies, plattys, barbs etc, would that be a problem for it too?
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sat Jun 14, 2008 6:16 am

It very much depends on the individual fish. Some will live in a community like that (although not tiger barbs - they are fin-nippers) some will not tolerate anything else in the tank.

In the majority of cases a male betta thrives in a small 'bachelor pad' where he can build bubble nests, flare at a mirror (or his owner!) and just do what he does best (look pretty).
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:58 am

I am seriously thinking of getting one of these. They had some in my lfs last week but they looked a bit raggedy so I didnt get one, but I do like them. I like the females too - can they be kept in a comm tank, or do they have to be kept on their own too.
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:07 am

Females are also quite aggressive but nowhere near as much as males, they do better in groups though to spread the aggression.
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:10 am

How many should I get of them then for a comm tank, and is there anything in my tank that would cause them probs (in my sig). Thanks indi
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:13 am

I'm not a betta expert but can't see any obvious problems. Maybe 3 females? You could always get a male in a little tank of his own too.
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:14 am

Cheers indi, thanks for your advice. I feel a trip out coming on later Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:16 am

Very Happy Cool, don't forget pics!
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:18 am

This forum isin danger of becoming pics mad!! crazy

Only joking - I love all the pics on here, but just cant get a decent one on my phone of any of the fish - they run away as soon as I look at them - just like women! :lol:
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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:39 am

Awww fishfan Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:46 am

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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:48 am

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PostSubject: Re: Compatable   Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:57 pm

Betta are like ppl, different personalities

My make is in a tank all on his own, he is way too aggresive to be with other fish, hell, he even physically attack me when im cleaning him out Wink this dude has no fear.

Female bettas can be kept in community tanks and are nice in a group of say 6

Male bettas are nice, but I personally dont consider them beginners fish.

For ideas on other fish simply look thru the Phot Section/Others tanks and see who keeps what

I will say the following are nice fish...

Checkered Barbs
Cherry barbs
Harlequin Rasbora (Called harlies here - nasty little blighters Very Happy) Joke, nice fish honest
X-Ray Tetra

You want to have these in groups of say 6 as they like the company of their own kind.

Im not sure what size your tank is, but these are tough fish and wont roll over if you make a mistake here n there Wink
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