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    Post female betta - emperor & cardinal tetra - am I asking for trouble?


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    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.

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    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

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    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.
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    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!
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    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
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