Aquarium Forum
 


Menu
  · Tropical Fish Home
· Fish News
· Aquarium Forum
· Calculators
· Free Aquarium Ebook
· Feedback
· Photo gallery
· Plant species
· Tropica Plant DB
Tropical fish species
· By Common name
· By Scientific name
Tropical Marine fish
· By Common name
· By Scientific name

Articles
  · African Cichlids
· Algae Control
· Aquarium Decoration
· Aquarium Resources
· Aquatic Plants
· Barb Fish
· Betta Fish
· Breeding Fish
· Catfish
· Central American Cichlids
· Cichlids
· Clownfish
· Corals
· Corydoras Catfish
· Discus Fish
· Dwarf Cichlids
· Fish Diseases
· Frogs and Turtles
· Goby Fish
· Goldfish
· Gourami
· Invertebrates
· Jellyfish
· Killiefish
· Lake Victoria Cichlids
· Livebearers
· Malawi Cichlids
· Marine Aquariums
· Marine Aquarium Fish
· Other Fish
· Pleco
· Predatory Fish
· Photography
· Pond Fish
· Responsible Fish Keeping
· Rainbow Fish
· Shark Fish
· South American Cichlids
· Tanganyika Cichlids
· Tetra Fish
· Tropical Fish Food

User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    west texas
    Posts
    148

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Default Possible to add a tankmate with male betta in small aquarium?


    0 Not allowed!
    By small I mean either a 2.5gal, 3, or 5 (I don't know yet as I haven't gotten to buy one yet. Haven't bought the betta either, as I know I need to cycle the little tank first.

    But just wanted to see if there's anything I could any to any of the above setups that would be safe for the betta to have a 'friend'? I have heard both that they are OK with shrimp and/or snails, and also that they are not OK. Is this a temperament thing? I was hoping to add either ghost shrimp or a mystery snail, as long as it didn't make the bioload too heavy. Is there instead a solitary fish that's maybe a bottom dweller that I could add? I wish I could add a cory, but I understand they need buddies of their own, so they're out *sigh* Any suggestions please?

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Qld, Australia
    Posts
    895

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    No Message - korith   Can't give you an award, but have a gift while you are waiting : ) - Little Embers   In memorium to your little angelfish - mermaidwannabe   A bouquet to brighten your day! - kurly   In memory of your loss. - Strider199   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    It really is a temperment thing.

    The betta I had left my RC Shrimp alone but didn't like the mystery snails. I plan on getting another betta soon and will probably try the RCS again.

    As I said though it depends on the betta. It could be fine one day and the next...lunch!
    ~Col~

    4 ft 60g FW: 2 angels, 4 blind cave, 1 whiteskirt, 4 gold widows, 6 serpaes, 1 neonhead apisto, 4 clown loaches, 4 albino cory, 2 bronze corys & 3 BN plecos.
    23g FW: 1 neonhead apisto, 1 yoyo, 2 albino BN plecos & 4 pepper cory
    5.5g: Crowntail Betta, 6 black Khuli's & RCS
    5 g: Crowntail Betta, 1 albino cory (Quasi), 4 baby khuli's & RCS
    7 g: Dragontail Betta & 2 albino cory
    3ft Axi tank: 1 black, 1 gold - 1 redcap oranda & 2 albino cory

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Abingdon, VA
    Posts
    7,241

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Happy New Year - mommy1   Happy Drink Like a Viking Friday! - KevinVA   Good Morning :-) - Taurus   Merry Christmas! - Slaphppy7   Just to let you know I'm thinking about you. Better things will come. - Taurus   
    Gay and Lesbian Pride - MCHRKiller   Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - MCHRKiller   Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - MCHRKiller   Emphysema - Lung Cancer - Lung Disease - Multiple Sclerosis - MCHRKiller   Graves Disease - Lymphedema - Men's Health - Pro Choice - Prostate Cancer - Scleroderma - Thyroid Disease - Trisomy 18 - MCHRKiller   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Shrimp and snails do very well with bettas IME. Amanos and Nerites are my favs...I have used Ghost shrimp with success. I would stick to Nerite snails as they are smaller and create less waste than "mystery" snails. Opt for atleast the 3-5G with tankmates. If you wanted cories spring for a 10G and get a small group of pygmy cories with the betta. A 10G honestly doesnt take up much more space than a 5G. It is only 4" longer and 2" wider.
    3x75 gallons|1x55 gallon|2x40 gallons


  4. #4

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    5,145

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Thank you for all the advice - Cliff   No Message - Aydreean   Thanks! Here's a shrimp for ya. - Flakes4Bait   Thank you!!! - harpua2002   Merry X-mass, and thanks for the help this past year - Cliff   
    Adoptee - Bone Cancer - Child Exploitation and Abuse - Hope and Support - Peace - Retinoblastoma - Right to Life - Student Sexual Assault - korith   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    I had a betta in a 20g long by himself, then added a few dozen ghost shrimp to the tank. They coexisted peacefully for several months, then during a 2 day span he took out every shrimp in the tank! So really like everyone said, depends on the temperament of the betta, no real way to know how the betta will handle a tankmate until you try.

    Snails or ghost shrimp could be worth trying. Both are relatively cheap.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    1,019

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Because you needed a comfort fish... :-) Cheer up. Things will get better soon. - lotus flower   For your studies :D - CassieLEO   Have a bunny!  Be cautious if you get another  ;-) - 850R   850R said you need another bunny. - gadget228   Awww.. Your bunnies are now parents :-) - 850R   
    Cancer - Epilepsy - Foster Care - Gynecological Cancer - Rett Syndrome - Fisharefriends27   World Trade Center Victims and Heroes - Fireworks Safety - Fisharefriends27   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    I heard apple snails are good, but then again I'm not a betta expert. Go for the 5 gallon because bigger is better.

    Good Luck!
    120 gallon29 gallon
    5.5 and 2.5 gallon
    The harley man......no not the motorcycle, harlequin rasboras
    Angie R.I.P. 10/29/11

  6. #6

    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    11,091

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Your first gift on AC, Welcome to the forum! - Brookfish   welcome - Algenco   Welcome to AC - Celtic Fins   Congrats on your awards! - Brookfish   Congratulations on your award. - Celtic Fins   
    Anti-Tobacco - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - rich311k   Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - rich311k   World Trade Center Victims and Heroes - Fireworks Safety - rich311k   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    I think that in anything smaller than a ten just keep the betta. He will like being by himself, they like a safe secure territory and other things in the tank just stress them more. They are such pretty fish they fill the tank by themselves.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Cadillac, MI
    Posts
    42,932

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Member of the month, a toast is in order. - Strider199   Sorry about your blood parrot :-( - ~firefly~   For this; http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=111325 - Strider199   :-) - ~firefly~   Happy mother's day! Enjoy one on me LOL - imma24   
    Childhood Cancer - hobbs   World Trade Center Victims and Heroes - Fireworks Safety - hobbs   Myasthenia Gravis - Ovarian Cancer - Sexual Assault - Substance Abuse - Lady Hobbs   Bone Marrow Donation - Childhood Depression - Depression - Environment - Eye Injury Prevention - Glaucoma - Kidney Cancer - Kidney Disease - Kidney Transplantation - Leukemia - Lyme Disease - Mental Retardation - Missing Children - Organ Donation - T - Lady Hobbs   Arthritis - Child Abuse - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - Dystonia - Education - Free Speech - Interstitial Cystitis - ME/CFIDS - Reye's Syndrome - Save the Music - Teens Against Smoking - Victim's Rights - Water Quality - Lady Hobbs   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Agree with rich. No reason to have anything more in that small tank.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •