View Full Version : female betta - emperor & cardinal tetra - am I asking for trouble?

07-22-2014, 08:42 PM
Hey Everyone,

I have a 29g, planted tank which currently houses 8 Emperor Tetra and 11 Cardinal Tetra. I was thinking of adding a female Betta to the tank. Am I just asking for trouble, or do you think they would all get along? I know there's no way to be "100%" sure, and every tank is different, but I just wanted to see if anyone had any good/bad experiences.

Thanks in advance for any advice or stories you might have.

07-22-2014, 09:11 PM
They should, since Anabatoids like the Betta tend to stay near the top of the tank, while the tetras like the mid-level.

Oh, and welcome to the forum


07-22-2014, 10:44 PM
Welcome to the forum and I agree with Dave. There's always a risk but in a 29 they should be fine together. You don't have any fin nippers with your tetras so you could even do a male betta if you wanted. The emperors and the cardinals should be able to handle themselves with a male should you get one that likes to chase. But I'd doubt that would happen. Bettas are naturally slow do to their extra finnage.

07-22-2014, 11:09 PM
Yay! Thank you both for the advice and the welcome! Perhaps I will get another male and see how it goes. I love male Betta. I was just going with a female thinking a male would be too feisty. I have a 5g I could rehome him to should things not go well. Thanks again!

07-22-2014, 11:31 PM
sounds like you have a good back up plan.
I kept a male betta in a 30 gal with some tetra. Didn't have any problems. But - there's always a but with a betta :o)
Time will tell how he gets on with them.
Just watch him - good luck