View Full Version : Never house betta with golds or guppys.

12-08-2005, 09:02 PM
I have done this and bettas have nibbled, chomped on, or nearly eaten most of the fins of the others. Somehow the bettas like or dislike others with more fancy fins. I don't know why but they are aggressive.

12-08-2005, 11:12 PM
This is not really true. Betta males are aggressive, some Bettas very aggressive and therefore attack other fish in "their" territory. However if you aquarium is just large enough (at least 20 gallon) and well decorated with a lot of plants you want have any problem keeping Betta fish with guppies or similar fish.

In fact I had a Betta male that took all guppy fry to one plant and protected them there. My aquarium was filled with 100s of guppies within a couple of months since almost all fry survived in my community tank despite having a lot of barbs etc in it.

You should however not keep goldfish with bettas but not for the reason above but due to the fact that Betta want much warmer water than the goldfish.

12-09-2005, 02:32 AM
I had a 20 gallon tank I put a pair of bettas in it. We also had small Koi and goldfish in the small tank. We also had an algae eater.

The Betta constantly ate the goldfish fins. We had to remove 5 of the golds because of the bettas. We bought golds because of them being so cheap, 12 for a dollar. It happened again. So we just took the betta out.

Yet the betta never attacked each other. I only got the bettas because my husband is from Vietnam and wanted them in the tank. He remembers vividly of playing with the bettas in the rice pattys. And how they could survive in 1 inch of water in the fields. And at times breeding them at home because his school mates and him would have betta fights. I guess it depends from fish to fish.

12-09-2005, 03:40 AM
I have always kept my beta seperate. Seldom to I put them together other than to breed. And yes to see them fight. Generally they won't fight if you keep them in seperate bowls next to each other witout an index card between them. I found out that if I keep an index card between them than when I put them in the same bowl they will get aggressive and fight.

12-09-2005, 03:53 AM
I assume you had one male and several females as the Betta fish never attacked eachother.

12-29-2005, 06:11 AM
i have one male betta and 3 females in with 13 guppies a molly and a couple of swordtails all in a 5 foot tank. i have never had any trouble with my male betta attacking any of my other fish, you must just have one pissed off fish.

04-24-2006, 05:25 PM
I heard that bettas usually attack the fancy tails fish. (At least they told me that)

04-24-2006, 06:16 PM
i keep one betta in every tank, with no problem!!

05-08-2006, 03:18 AM
You keep a betta in every tank Rollie? I have often seen these beautiful fish, but haven't ever learned anything about them because of their reputations to needing single living quarters....but they are GORGEOUS! Since I could actually put my daughters neons into my 64 gallon, was batting around the idea of putting a betta in there instead. It is a 5 gal corner tank, but hey, if they can live with others...maybe I will get one for ME! (It's always about me!)

05-08-2006, 03:26 AM
every tank but my convict tank!

05-08-2006, 04:15 AM
What about my existing sparkling gourami? And I have heard horror stories about bettas eating neons, although no neons there, there are golds and white skirts.

05-08-2006, 04:52 AM
I don't think you will have any problem with your Betta eating yor sparkling gouramie. The Neons in the horror stories were likely very small.

You might however have a problem with aggression since Bettas and sparkling/pygme gourmi looks quite similr in body shape. I think you should be fine but if you get an aggressive male (all individualls are different) you might get problems from the mix.

05-08-2006, 09:54 AM
both of those breed fight different. unless you get a bully, there should be no problem.

05-08-2006, 11:00 AM
I got my betta with 5 angels in a 30 galons tank. They are not friends but betta only scare them he didn't attack them. You know, he only do the "get out" face...

05-08-2006, 08:40 PM
I wonder if my betta ir mean

05-11-2006, 04:45 PM
so if i have a school of tetras and some gouramis and a red tailed shark, would a betta be a ok idea?

05-11-2006, 05:00 PM

06-02-2006, 03:51 PM
this threadis old but i keep a betta with a black moor and an orange and white fantails and they school together never leaving each other

07-05-2006, 01:56 PM
Also i now keep guppies both male and female and plattys with him

07-18-2006, 04:22 PM
well today for some unknown reason after about 3 months my betta male went psycho and aint half my guppies and mamed another 1 so ive seperated him and for some reason my black moor is really agro like charging the other fantails

07-18-2006, 08:33 PM
could the black moor be in heat?

07-19-2006, 04:08 AM
im assuming heat for fish is like with dogs or cats and means ready to breed, how could i tell wheather it is?

07-19-2006, 04:25 AM
It's not really a fish term but i figure you understand what I mean.

Can be hard to tell depending on the gender. does it have any white spots on its head.

07-19-2006, 03:46 PM
no i checked before i even made the post about it being agressive keep in mind its about 3 - 4 inches long

07-19-2006, 08:46 PM
Bettas often works with other fish but once in a while you get one that is extra mean and attack anything and everything.