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labrakitty
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Can you put a male betta with:
2 lace gouramis
2 bolivian rams
6 panda corys
6 cardianl tetras
6 rummy nose tetras

It is a 28 gallon tank. 63cm long, 50cm wide, 40cm high.
Woudl it get nipped or nip any of these fish? Which ones?
Tahnkyou very much!

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No, I wouldn't. As a rule, bettas and gouramis tend to not get along. They are each labyrinth fish, and would be occupying one another's territory. If you added a betta, you might see some fighting.



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Teh other day I went to an aquarium and they had hundreds of bettas all piled up on top of each other in those plastic containers that you put food in. They all looked so sick and sad.
BOOH, I really want a betta now!!!!!!!!GRRRRRRRRR
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If I only had 1 lace gourami would it be ok? Like:
1 lace gourami
1 betta
2 bolivian rams
6 panda corys
6 cardianl tetras
6 rummy nose tetras

Could that be ok?
what are good betta tank mates?
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Nah, I still think that there would be issues. Most bettas will not hesitate to fight with or bother gouramis. However, personality does determine how much fighting (if any) will occur. A peaceful betta and a peaceful gourami would be happy in a tank together. If you can read a betta's mind (an exciting place, I'm sure) and see what they're like, then you could pick up a peaceful one that way. Still, chances are that if you buy a betta and put it in with that lace gourami (or two), problems will occur.



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Nick is correct with his statements...as a rule, bettas and gouramis together are a no-no. Both being labyrinth fishes...they don't get along the greatest *most* of the time. But you do get that sweet betta that wont even flare at it's own reflection. It depends on personality mostly, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to experiment.

If you would really like to get a betta (and watch out, they're addicting...) I suggest getting a small betta kit that allows him (or her!) one gallon or more. It doesn't even have to be filtered or heated, as long as the temperature in the room doesn't drop too low, and as long as you keep up with WCs. In fact, most bettas don't even like filtered tanks, the current tends to disagree with beautiful finnage.

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EDIT: Good betta tank mates are ADFs, snails, and sometimes ghost shrimp. But be careful, again depending on personality, ghost shrimp could end up as meal. And some bettas are just nasty with ADFs, others will coexist quite peacefully. And smaller snails occasionally become lunch too...there's no telling with these guys.



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Would it be ok to have like a cage sort of thing iside the bigger tank with the gouramis that offered water circulation? Like something about 20cm by 20cm? Would the gourami and betta swim up to the sides of the thing and try to nip or bite each other? If you get a little tank for the betta, like about a 2 gallon tank, does it have to have a heater? I read bettas don't actually like filters. is this true? How offen would you have to do a water change if it wasn't cylcled in the 2 gallon?

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Could I put a betta in my live bearers tank?
I have
1 guppy(its friend died
2 platys
1 platy baby
2 bristle nose catfish
It is a 10 gallon.
I mgiht be getting 3 more guppies, or 2 if I have a betta.
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I could divide the tank, and put the betta in the smaller part and everything elso in the bigger half! Woudl that work?

Tahnkyou very much!

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No you should not put a Betta with any fancy finned fish such as a guppy. The Betta will most definitely go after it.

Those lil screen things that allow a Betta in the same tank are just horrid. They do not allow the Betta enough room to swim around in.

Your best bet is to get him his own tank. A 2 gallon is plenty enough for a male Betta. Changing the water 100% every 1 to 2 weeks will be fine and be sure the room he is in is between 70-78 Fahrenheit, and the temp should not swing more than 2 degrees in a 24 HR period.
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I do not htink hte betta would mistake the guppy for a betta, you see it is a lyre tail and mainly white with a tiny bit of pink on its body. Not colourful at all. the tail is not very big either. I will try and get you a picture so you can see what you htink.
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u could try but i wouldn't.
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Labra, the betta won't know that the guppy is a guppy. They are pretty smart fish, but you give them too much credit. They'll just see a long-finned fish in they're territory. I wouldn't risk it.


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Don't mix guppies with bettas. I have a 10g with two bettaa babes in it. A friend added some young guppies. Fish got a long fine until the female guppies started dropping fry. Gave the girls a taste of fresh meat and they ate most of the guppies in the tank.
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labrakitty, if you add a betta to your tank you can expect to lose everyone in the tank....but when it happens you can't be upset because everyone has tried to warn you...and bettas are carnivorous....and will eat other tank mates....

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i would lean more towards omnivorous and semi-aggressive
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Ok, I won't put it in that tank then. I was just checking. Could you please have a look at my other post, abotu putting a thing in my big tank.

Thankyou!

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would it be ok to put the betta in a betta sort of box inide the big tank. the lfs guy saud that would be ok.
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Why not get a two gallon container (like a kritter keeper) for a betta. That way your other fish and the betta will be safe. As long as your home is warm (over 72 degrees) you wouldn't need a heater or filter. Just do 100% weekly water changes.

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i am not allowed to have naother tank, even if it is only a 2 gallon. That is why I was thinking of a betta safe inside the big tank.
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