We’ve all had that thought. My tank looks so empty.
Can I put anything in with my betta? Or will he attack them?
The answer is not a steadfast rule, more of a guideline. We’ll explore the 5 best betta tank mates and whether or not bettas should be kept alone.
What To Consider?
In the wild, Betta splendens lives alongside other B. splendens, loaches, rasboras, gouramis, and other fish in the genus Betta.
They are indeed territorial fish, wild B. splendens will drive other fish out of their territory during the breeding season. But they seldom do any damage or kill anything. Damage is minimal, if there is any at all.
But captive bred bettas are not like their wild cousins. Originally bred for aggression, Thai breeders eventually started to breed for color.
However this aggression was never bred out of them so what we have now is a hyper-aggressive colorful version of their wild cousins.
Keeping that in mind, we ask ourselves can a pet store betta be kept with other fish? The answer is not a simple yes or no!
It heavily depends on the personality of the fish. Females, typically being less aggressive, can usually be kept with peaceful community fish. But males are a bit more tricky.
Many bettas will live with a few select fish fine, but others are too aggressive and will attack everyone! And some are so submissive they get attacked by others. So it can be a bit of a challenge choosing the right tank mate.
Personally, I prefer to keep my bettas alone. It is important to keep in mind that they in no way require a tank mate!
But if the tank is big enough, meets the needs of the fish you want to add, and the fish you want to add are compatible then there is usually no harm in giving him room mates!
Another thing to consider is what his tank mates will need. A school of large tetras couldn’t possibly fit in a 5 gallon, so only consider tank mates if the tank is 10 gallons or larger, filtered, and heated.
5 Best Betta Tank Mates
So what are the 5 best tank mates?
What's Your Thoughts?
Have you added another fish to your betta tank before? Any other species that you’d think would make a great tank mate to the betta?
Share it with us in the comments section below.