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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.

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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?

1. White Cloud Mountain Minnows

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White Clouds (Tanichthys albonubes) are a small minnow found in select few mountainous regions of China. They are schooling (needing groups of at least 6), peaceful, and never known to nip the fins of bettas.

Their diet is similar- being micropredators- they enjoy brine shrimp, bloodworms, and fish flakes. Because they have no long fins they are not likely to be attack by a betta in a case of mistaken identity.

Their only drawback is the fact that they prefer cooler water- 60-75F while bettas enjoy warmer water- 75-80F. So a tank kept at 75F should be safe for both fish, but care must be taken to ensure it does not get too hot or too cold.

They can fit in tanks as small as 10 gallons and tolerate the same pH range as bettas. (6.0-7.5)

Photo Credit: Mira d’Oubliette

2. Clown Pleco

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Clown plecos (Panaqolus maccus) are an excellent alternative to larger plecos like commons or sailfin plecos that are much more commonly sold.

They are a peaceful algae eater who require driftwood in their diet and do a great job keeping algae at bay. Being an armored catfish, a betta is sure to leave one of these fish alone.

Because of their adult size of 4″ they require a 20 gallon tank or larger but pose none of the temperature issues that White Clouds do.

These are a perfect algae eater for a larger betta tank and tolerate a wide range of pH. (6.0-8.0) but will only breed in softer water.

Photo Credit: Ace Aquatics

3. Pygmy Corydora

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There are several species of pygmy corydora, so we’ll focus on the smallest known as Corydoras pygmaeus. All pygmy corys are found in South American waterways and feed on insect larvae and adults they hunt in the sand.

Like other coryodras, they are schooling and should be in groups of 6 or more. A school of 6-10 will easily fit into a 10 gallon, given that these fish only get about an inch long!

Because they are bottom feeders bettas tend to ignore them, and they are not brightly colored and do not attract a bettas attention. Because of this they make a great tank mate, especially for smaller tanks. They appreciate acidic water but tolerate a pH of up to 7.0.

Photo Credit: Carnat Joel

4. Ember Tetras

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Ember tetras (Hyphessobrycon amandae) are very small peaceful tetras that live in the lower Amazon basin in slow moving backwater habitats which means they prefer slightly shallow water to the fast moving current of the center of the Amazon River.

They are another tiny fish, only getting about half an inch long. 6-10 could easily fit in a 10 gallon with a betta as they are small, too fast to catch, and not nippy fish. It is unlikely that a betta will have a problem with them!

They also like acidic water, preferring a pH of 6.0-6.5.

Photo Credit: Chantal Wagner Kornin

5. Harlequin Rasboras

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Harlequin Rasboras (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) are at the top of the list for good reason! These relatively small rasboras are native to many of the same water as wild Bettas, meaning they live with each other naturally!

They are not brightly colored to attract unwanted attention from a betta, not known to nip at the fins of other fish, and love the same quality of water that bettas do.

Soft, acidic water is best and the addition of Indian Almond Leaves is always appreciated.

A school of 6-8 could live with a betta in a 10 gallon without issue.

Photo Credit: George Wilkinson

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.

About Victoria Murphy

My name is Victoria Murphy and I run a fish oriented animal blog on tumblr (http://scalestails.tumblr.com/) I've been keeping freshwater fish for 7 years and work at a pet store specializing in freshwater and saltwater fish. I currently run 7 planted freshwater tanks and 1 FOWLR saltwater tank.

93 thoughts on “5 Best Betta Tank Mates

  1. Reply Ryann Mar 1,2015 5:52 pm

    I have successfully kept bettas with many fish. One thing that I saw you didn’t mention is that you can’t just add these fish to a bowl, they have to be in a certain tank size. You shouldn’t be keeping a betta in anything smaller then a 5 gallon anyways.

  2. Reply Heather Apr 22,2015 3:18 am

    Every betta is different, but I have had success keeping one with neon tetras, cardinal tetras, Rummynose tetras, cory cats, and guppies in a 30 gallon tank. The betta charged the male guppies a little at first, but he stopped after a few minutes. I would never keep one in a bowl again after seeing how much they like to swim and how vibrant their colors are at 78 degrees.

    • Reply Victoria Murphy Oct 12,2015 12:27 am

      That’s excellent, they do so much better in larger cycled heated aquariums, don’t they? Personality varies with bettas, so some males will kill fancy guppies but others, like yours, won’t! I’m glad it worked out.

  3. Reply Andrea Apr 28,2015 6:05 pm

    I’ve never had bad experience with bettas and other fish. They can go well with any fish that is friendly/non-aggressive. We’ve always gone best with neon tetras and corydoras.
    I wouldn’t recommend keeping a betta in a small fish tank either. They need space, they enjoy swimming like every other fish!

  4. Reply Cris May 1,2015 11:49 am

    I have a Beta in my fish tank and its a good boy :)
    If you have guppies or angel fish they can attack as their fins looks like a different mail.

  5. Reply donna bell May 27,2015 5:59 am

    I have my betas with guppies for a year or so and there doing fine

    • Reply Victoria Murphy Oct 12,2015 12:30 am

      That’s good, I’m glad! Sometimes they don’t get along with fancy guppies, though, so that’s why I don’t usually recommend them. Plus guppies like harder water than bettas, but both are pretty adaptable.

  6. Reply Andreas May 30,2015 5:20 pm

    I have a male betta with a 3 months emale endlicheri bichir…
    no problem at all… =)
    though i have moved her out after she grows big enough to hunt by herself.. lol…

    • Reply Victoria Murphy Oct 12,2015 12:32 am

      Whew, those are beautiful fish! I’m glad you’re moving her once she’s larger, I’m sure you’ve seen how they can eat fish in one gulp! Bichirs aren’t really territorial fish, so they can usually be kept in with lots of things as long as they like the same water quality. Unless they’re bite sized!

  7. Reply layne Jun 4,2015 1:50 am

    I am entering my 5th year as a betta host. I am most amazed at the difference in their personalities. My first was a fairly large blue betta. Having read a bit before doing this, I brought him home to entertain me over coffee in the morning…..having decorated 2 different bowls for 1 1/2-2 gallons, colorful gravel, fake ferns, rocks, etc., I decided to add neons and a gold snail. 1st betta was happy with his 4-5 neons and snail, lived for 1 1/2 years. I have cats and a parrot, so a watch glass top was necessary to keep cat paws out and the parrot from whatever else. (He confined himself to watching. All lived together, no fish diseases, well fed, pleasure to watch.

    Betta #1 died. #2 brought home (blue, smoewhat smaller. Chaos. Within 1/2 hr, neons got rescued and transferred. Betta and snail……Snails are smarter than one would think. Got tired of betta harassment. Slammed his door on a small chunk of betta tail fin. For 2 beta2 and snail co-habited……gold snail passed away after 2 years, got 2 lg trap-door snails. Betta at passed on at 2 1/2 yrs. Round 3 is just starting. Same 2 trap-door snails and their 2 young-uns, new small red betta, 1 neon. A week in, betta likes watching snails, neon intact, ready to add a few more neons. Likes keeping an eye on the neon, who is lonely without buds, but fish store was down to one neon. Buds coming to make neon happy.

    I am overjoyed that Redfish is OK with the neon….livens my coffee time. Snails pleased that Redfish will not be a pain in the butt.

    The bowl change system is this…..2 bowls. #1 shows hint of less sparkle, horde gets scooped into bowl 2, which has been sitting clean for 1-2 days. Bowl 1 gets water dumped, fresh running water, fake fern gravel, etc. get 5 exchanges with lots of swirling and swishig of cool tap….all dumped. Hot water at max temp in, bowl sits until cool. More swishing to get all dbris out,dump, then, arrange gravel, fake plant, rocks, run in cool water, top with plastic wrap, sit 1-2 days (chlorine exits), transfer horde to clean bowl. Light comes from Chandelier over diningroom table…..room reasonably warm to keep parrot happy. Life goes on and I have coffee entertainment. Watchglass resting on wood skewers keeps cat paws out, parrot gets to view fish while walking on table.

    Urban small scale bliss. Betta, neons, snails, parrot, 3 cats. All good.

    • Reply Victoria Murphy Oct 12,2015 12:42 am

      Hi, layne! Isn’t having a betta tank in the kitchen great? I have 2 for just such times. And their personalities really are so great, every one is different.

      However, I am a bit concerned about your set up. The neons especially! They need tanks 10 gallons or larger, and schools of 6+. I know you said you are getting more but to add more to that water volume would be overstocking, which poses a lot of dangers. Especially for a sensitive fish like a neon. When a tank is overstocked, they make too much waste for the tank to handle. High waste levels mean a much higher risk of illness or death. I see that you’re doing very frequent water changes to try and make up for this, and while this does sort of solve the waste problem now you have a stress problem. And stress, just like waste, increases the likelihood of illness and death.

      Small bowls like that are also difficult to heat. I know some places, like in Florida, don’t need heaters most of the year but most of the time you do! Bettas are tropical (native to Thailand) and need their water kept at 78-80F. I would put a floating thermometer in there and see what the temperature is, I bet it’s a lot colder than you think! Once again, cold temperatures increase chances of getting sick and usually cause lethargy and a slow metabolism in bettas.

      I understand you’ve had them live for a while, and that’s great, but it’s really a testament to how hardy bettas are! Trust me, if you get him a 10 gallon with a filter and a heater, he’ll be a whole other fish. Plus your neons will do better! Just make sure to cycle the tank first. And I bet your bettas will start to last more into the 3-4 year range. My first two “kitchen fish” were in filtered, heated, planted 2 gallons. They both lasted 4 years! Now I have two that have replaced them who are 1 and a half and are going strong!

  8. Reply ORANGEMELLY Jun 9,2015 12:48 pm

    I have kept 4 neon tetras and 4 ember eyes with 2 female bettas in a 10G now for over a year no problems. I will be moving them all to a 38G in the very near future and I intend to add more tetras…I think plants are the key to keeping a peaceful community tank with bettas..gives them a place to go and chill and hide as well.

    • Reply Victoria Murphy Oct 12,2015 12:45 am

      I’m glad they did well together, a lot of the time females kept in pairs like that fight! And I’m sure the 38 gallon will/does look great. Plants, especially live plants, really do help with aggression in a tank, you’re right. I always recommend having live plants in a tank!

      Oh, and as a suggestion, get more of the tetras you have first! Neons and (I think you meant red eye tetras?) both like schools of 6+ and look fantastic with more.

  9. Reply Genghis' mom Jun 29,2015 9:01 pm

    Genghis is a dark blue fancy tail betta. I keep him in a tall 15 gallon tank with an African dwarf frog and a sunburst platy. They have all lived together since February of 2014. Occasionally Genghis and the sunburst chase each other but a little more food always solves the problem. I have quite a few fake plants, a helicopter and a large arch.

  10. Reply Rapunzel Jul 8,2015 9:42 pm

    I just now bought a betta. I keep him alone for now. I was wondering if i should start him out with guppies or not

  11. Reply Rob Jul 12,2015 1:42 am

    Too many people make the mistake of thinking that a betta is just any old fish and adding in some other type of fish thinking all will be okay. To their suprise they find that is not the case. Thanks for putting together this amazing list of fish that can be kept along with bettas. This information is both helpful and very necessary for new fish owners.

  12. Reply Lori Jul 27,2015 12:28 am

    I have a male betta in a 10 gallon tank with 2 mickey mouse platys and 2 sunburst platys. I’ve had them together for about 3 weeks now and they all get along very well together. I haven’t seen any nipping or chasing from my betta at all…so far so good!😃

  13. Reply Kay Jul 30,2015 5:06 pm

    I’ve come to the conclusion that my betta (in his Home8 tank) is happier on his own after several skirmishes with a shrimp (removed to big tank) and losing 2 lampeyes to stress. He likes to rest on the foliage and blow bubbles. 3 snails don’t bother him at all

  14. Reply Patti Aug 22,2015 9:56 am

    What do you think of Chinese algae eaters as a companion for a Betta ?

    I love that they are hardy and great tank cleaners.

    I have 2 Betta’s that are very aggressive but seem to do well with the Algae eaters if there is more then one .

    How long do you think the overly aggressive types will live ? I’ve usually have less aggressive .

    I have a red CrownTail that is higly aggressive. I hope he doesn’t get too stressed from this behavior.

    Any thoughts? Thank you :-)

  15. Reply Ian Paling Sep 15,2015 6:49 pm

    I have 2 half moon male betta’s each in a Auqa One Nano 40 (50 litres), in each I have 10 Corydoras Pygmaeus in each and, zebra snail and 1 yamato algae shimp and never had any trouble in fact on of my males actively watches the pygmy’s in case he misses out on any food on the substrate, he checks where they have been but no aggression!

  16. Reply Bob Sep 18,2015 6:35 pm

    I have a mystery and assassin snail as well as a dwarf orange crayfish in with my betta, no issues.

  17. Reply Tim Oct 1,2015 5:16 am

    I keep a corydora in my 5 gallon tank. The Betta very rarely gets aggressive with him. My betta is territorial around one certain area of the tank (his little house) but the corydora is so fast he can’t even tell where he went so he just looks confused for a second and moves on. I have seen them sitting at the bottom of the tank together peacefully though (to my surprise). My corydora also isn’t as active as others so that’s a good thing too. He’s very easy to miss and prefers to hang around plants most of the time. The corydora is very active when food falls to the bottom and I will see him swooping around the bottom every now and then, but he mostly hangs out around the plants while the beta swims around the top and kind of wraps himself around the top of the plants. I was worried at first that he was scared or getting bullied, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I would highly recommend a corydora if you want to add another life to your tank.

  18. Reply Pat Oct 8,2015 5:23 pm

    I have two sliver tip tetras, two scissor tailed tetras, two cardinal tetras, three zebra danios and three ghost shrimp and none of them has ever bothered my betta.

  19. Reply Josh Oct 10,2015 6:10 pm

    I have a 25 gallon tank with a bristle nose peleco, 4 peppered corydoras and a betta , i want to add a gourami but i don’t know which type because i’m worried if its too colorful it will be nipped by the betta, i was thinking about a blue gourami or a chocolate gourami what do you guys think ?

  20. Reply Melanie Oct 17,2015 12:31 am

    Just wondering what everyone thinks about possible compatability of a male (half moon) beta with 3 large (biggest being about 7″ nose to end of tail) fancy goldfish in a 55 gallon tank? Any ideas?

    Also, when we talk about aggression in these betas what does that actually involve?

    • Reply Jaznegael Nov 1,2015 2:44 pm

      Melanie do NOT put a betta in with goldfish! Their requirements are completely different. Goldfish like cold water and the betta needs 80 degrees. Please read up on both before trying to force the betta into a goldfish tank where he will die slowly and miserably.

      • Reply Paul Dec 20,2015 8:31 pm

        Lots of goldfish may LIKE to be in cold water, butbecause we sometimes live in very warm houses the aquarium temperature creeps up to the 70s without any intentional heating. I know this was the case with my first aquarium about 20 years ago. We had a fayre fish in these conditions who lasted about 7 years and co-habitted with lots of different tropical fish over the years, including guppies, tetras and full grown angel fish. The goldfish never suffered because of the temperature. He was the peacekeeper in the tank.
        Never had the pleasure of keeping Bettas at that time, but I will be doing straight after Christmas ☺

    • Reply Chris Nov 9,2015 2:48 am

      I did this when i was about 11 years old. Lady at the store assured me they wd go with goldfish. Being young and naive i bout 3 for $1. My betta at the time killed all 3 goldfish by the end of the weekend. Goldfish also produce a lot of waste, which can start to stink without great filtration.

  21. Reply Hayley Oct 29,2015 3:19 pm

    Compatability as a community tank fish seems to depend mostly on your betta’s personality, I’ve been lucky to own an extremely sociable and peaceful one but I’ve heard of newly introduced bettas killing everything overnight. As a general rule; stay away from gouramis (both species are labyrinth fish and will probably fight), angel fish and fancy guppies. I keep mine with 10 glass catfish, 3 kuhli loaches, 3 corydoras and a spotted ancistrus and they’re great, I’ve not seen the faintest hint of aggression.

  22. Reply Kayleigh Nov 3,2015 5:21 pm

    I’ve had very good luck with a Betta, Cory catfish, and African dwarf frog living in harmony. I’ve heard zebra loaches are a good match as well.

  23. Reply Michelle Nov 4,2015 12:14 am

    I have several bettas, 2 female & 2 male, each in their own 3-5 gallon tank. Each tank has also live plants, a house to hide in, at least one marimo moss ball, & one mystery or gold inca snail. I want to add some small tetras, corydoras, rasboras, & shrimp, to each tank as well, but slowly. I’ve only had these tanks & mates for a little over a year. I’m trying to create as natural an environment for them as I can, that they will feel at home in. I’m hoping to keep them happy & alive for as many years as possible, since I’ve read they live 5 to 10 years, if conditions are right.

  24. Reply kennedy Nov 5,2015 4:08 am

    my betta lives in a 5 gal. currently alone. I have had a betta with guppies, and I am thinking about that again.

  25. Reply Henry Nov 6,2015 7:34 am

    I keep a blue male Betta in a 20 gallon tall tank with 5 zebra danios, 5 black phantom tetras, mystery snail and a dwarf orange cray fish..Betta likes chasing off the other fish but they are way too fast to him to catch…also had 2 honey garoumis at one point and did OK..trying to decide what to add next..Note: my angel and pearl garoumi I use to have in same tank did a hurtful number on my Betta and has since fully recovered and those aggressive fish are now in a 55g…Betta’s and garoumis are both labrynth fish and can not be together unless you want a dead Betta

  26. Reply cassie Nov 6,2015 12:57 pm

    Hi I’ve had our beta for about a year now he seems quite calm. And then last night my child goes and wins 2 goldfish at the fair. Would they all get along in 1 tank or do I need to seperate. Beta is currently in a 5 gallon tank alone. But I do have a 15 gallon tank I can use if they will all get along.

    • Reply Madison Nov 15,2015 4:29 am

      Hi Cassie! I
      Goldfish and bettas DO NOT go together no matter what because the betta will fight them to the death,goldfish like tempeture ranges of 65 degrees and bettas like tempatures of up to 80 degrees. Keep the 2 goldfish in the 15 gallon for now BY THEMSELVES. I’m assuming you already put the 2 goldfish in the tank so if the the betta is with the goldfish REMOVE THE BETTA and put him back in his home with is beloved heater and filter as the goldfish won’t be needing the heater and need a lot more filtration than for a 5 gallon tank. If your child brought home 2 goldfish from a fair I would think they would be commons or comets due to the fact they’re the cheapest to sell. If taken care of properly commons and commets can get to be up to 2 feet long so a tank of 55 gallons for the first fish and an additional 15 per fish is the absolute minimum! If kept in an aquarium as small as a 15 gallon for too long they will become stunted and die a slow and painful death.(They’re outside body will stop being able to grow but they’re organs will keep growing) If they are in the 15 and the betta is in the 5 the goldfish will now need special care as they don’t have stomachs and the food goes right through them therefore creating a lot more waste. To begin with you will need to do weekly 50 percent water changes and test the water every week for ammonia,nitrites and nitrates with a fresh water aquarium test kit.(I use api freshwater master test kit. It’s pricey but has over 800 tests and would also be bennificial to your betta) Ammonia should be should be at 0 ppm,nitrites 0 ppm and nitrates below 40 ppm.(I know this seems like a lot already but please continue) If your readings are high do a 25 percent water change every other day untill your readings are normal. Now as for filtration as I mentioned earlier they are poop machines. For now in such a small tank they will need a power filter double the gph(gallons per hour) which is 30 gph.
      Once that is done you need to feed them SINKING pellet food specially for goldfish.( this is important because if they gulp air it will cause health problems in the future. If you decide to keep them you will either have to get a bigger aquarium prepared for them(75 gallons or more) or find them another home. Good luck and if you decide to keep them feel free to ask any questions about the new tank!

  27. Reply Kat Nov 7,2015 4:55 pm

    I have a three year old dragon scaled beta and he shares a tank with a guppy.

  28. Reply Golden Eagle Nov 7,2015 7:47 pm

    I broke all the rules and put two males in one tank with some notriously bad acters…tiger barbs, 7 inch common pleco, 2 5 inch angels and other more peaceful species.

    The key? It was a well planted 50 gallon tank. The bettas behavior was interesting. Each stayed on his end of th tank, occasionally meeting the center of tank with a flurish, only to dash past each other while switching ends. The plants, driftwood, and rocks gave them good cover and hiding places from the others.

  29. Reply Scott Nov 8,2015 7:13 pm

    I had a dwarf gourami swim side by side with my male betta for over a year. They even hunted baby guppies together but never bothered the adults. Would I try that again? No way, just got lucky

  30. Reply Chris Nov 9,2015 2:52 am

    I have a betta in a lightly planted 20 gallon tank with 4 dalmation mollies, an african dwarf frog, and 2 assassin snails.

  31. Reply Nichelle Nov 14,2015 6:31 pm

    i have a Red/blue really vibrant tail male betta, wanted a crown tail, but this boy just stole my heart. he is alone in a 2.5 gallon tank, Heater, filter and all the essentials, and he seems to enjoy it. but with all this talk about a 5 gallon minimum for one betta, isnt that a bit much? And another question, should i keep him alone?

  32. Reply Luke Nov 26,2015 9:54 pm

    I have a double tailed male betta in a five gallon tank with an apple snail and they seem fine together

  33. Reply james Dec 2,2015 12:14 am

    I have a 5 gallon fish tank with a male blue betta I was wondering what other fish can I put with him I am new to fish that why I start with a 5 gallons first.

  34. Reply Brianna Dec 5,2015 3:35 pm

    We’ll I got a female Betta and a male Betta and a sucker fish the male and sucker died the first night can someone tell me why

  35. Reply Heather Dec 11,2015 2:58 am

    My son and I were in the craft store and came across the infamous aisle with bettas, large vases, and bamboo plants. We walked out with all the “necessary” items…an unplanned purchase for sure. After a week and some research, we decided Finny needed an actual tank, filter, thermometer and heater, so off to the store we went. He is now currently in his new 3 gallon home by himself. My daughter would like to add a fish, but I’m hesitant. I think Finny likes it alone and I’m not sure it’s a big enough space for another mate. Useful site and comments, thank you!

  36. Reply Tim Dec 16,2015 4:46 pm

    I have a female with sunburst, guppies, Cory cats and Dalmatians. She goes after them but she’s too slow. It’s a big tank, 36 gallons, with lots of plants. She’s definitely happier. When I saved her from the big box store, she was almost brown in color. Now she’s bright red with blue highlights. She has taken over the “rock” and hides there at night. Thinking about getting a male. Haven’t decided yet.

  37. Reply Jen Dec 16,2015 5:14 pm

    Hello, we have a very cheerful little Betta for about 3 months now and his water needs to be warmed up. I am wondering if anyone can provide some insight on how to increase his water temperature. Does it need to be done overtime, slowly?

    Thank you!

    • Reply Ashley Jan 10,2016 11:27 am

      Hey Jen, if you take the fish out of his bowl into a little bag with water from his tank now and purchase a heater, slowly warm the temperature 2 degrees at a time in half an hour intervals while having him sit in the bag with his water he should gently climatise. 😉

  38. Reply Scarlet Dec 23,2015 10:12 pm

    A have a 10 gallon with 3 females and one male Betta. It depends on the male, but females and a male can live together, just never put two males in together. They are living with a dwarf gourami, 2 danios and an algae eater and are doing well together

  39. Reply Lane Jan 3,2016 5:20 pm

    I have successfully kept a small school (6) of harlequin rasboras with a male betta in a 10 gallon tank with no issues whatsoever. I was thrilled with how the dynamics of the relationship was going for so long until the rasboras began spawning. Of course, their behavior became erratic and aggression on their part heightened. I noticed the betta to be frantic. Although, his fins are not visually damaged and I see no wounds, they have probably chased him or nipped him. They are certainly fighting each other while spawning. Not sure how this will turn out.

  40. Reply Amanda Duke Jan 5,2016 11:12 pm

    Until recently I had my betta in a 20 gallon tank with 3 Danios (2 more coming soon), 2 female and 1 male lyretail mollies. I just had to remove my aggressive Betta from the tank as he was nipping at the tails of my lyretail mollies (he was basically okay with the Danios I think.)

    He was segregated in a bowl overnight and today I purchased a 5 gallon tank for the Betta, with a filter, LED light, and 25W heater preset to 80 degrees. Already my normally sweet Betta is back to his usually calm self, and my mollies are all feeling much better too!

    I am still wondering, however, if Ziggy (my Betta) needs at least 1 friend. Should/could I try the 3 Danios in his 5 gallon? I note that many fish are schooling so I would need to stay with a very small fish to avoid overcrowding.

    What exactly is too much for a 5 gallon? Could I consider an albino corydoras or perhaps a few Danio or Guppies?

    Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated.

    Kind regards,
    Amanda

  41. Reply Ashley Jan 10,2016 11:22 am

    Hey victoria, and anyone else who is reading!
    This year I received a better fish for Christmas from a friend we have been through a few ups and downs but it has almost been a month and I have just upgraded his small bowl into a larger tank, he is usually a very friendly and active fish however since the time change I have had to increase the water level using fresh condition water now or he wants to do is sit at the bottom of his tank or on a leaf hammock (designed for betas) he is still moving occasionally but darting up for air and then sinking to the bottom once again sometimes he sits behind his heater and doesn’t move for hours but if you look into his tank he will start swimming again I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with him and I just want him to get better quickly any ideas on what I can do to make him happy again? With in the next few days I will be taking a water Sample to the local pet shop and getting them to run a few tests on the water and they said that I I will be able to have a result within hours of me handing them in the water and they will give me a treatment for water I will be also purchasing while they’re a little friend for him I was just wondering if anyone uses small upside down catfish they seem to be quite friendly fish and are right next to the fighting fish with in store. Are all fighting fish active all the time or do they stay stationary? Any help or advice would be great thanks again. 😊

    • Reply John Moore Apr 2,2016 7:14 am

      Ashley Check Your Temperture .. put Plants in Your Tank And Guppies..

    • Reply Frost Apr 23,2016 8:06 pm

      You might consider using a mirror to play with him a bit, as bettas can get bored if not interacted with. A mirror gives them the chance defend their territory in a way that isn’t dangerous for the fish.

  42. Reply Anja Jan 18,2016 8:45 pm

    What do you think about a beta in a RES turtle tank?

  43. Reply Linda Jan 29,2016 3:01 am

    A friend of mine had a male beta in a divided tank with guppies. Some newborn baby guppies made it over to the beta side. The beta tried to take of the babies. He unsuccessfully tried to keep them in his bubble nest. Finally he settled for keeping them in a tight school and protected them from fingers on the glass. After a few days she put them back on the guppy side but it was fun to watch.

  44. Reply Hayley Jan 29,2016 8:31 am

    Anja (sorry I do not know how to post a direct reply here), bettas are not well suited to terrapin tanks, terrapins unless introduced correctly to fish will view them as a snack, this is a process that is best suited to large fish, and bettas will be easily caught because their tail slows them down. If you want to have a better chance of success keeping terrapins and fish together you should start with a baby terrapin in a tank with fish much too large to attempt eating and of course never feed the terrapin live food. But this does mean you’ll have to keep larger fish with them :)

  45. Reply Ruth Feb 7,2016 5:56 pm

    My betta is pretty well socialized. I have about 5 neon glows, 2 dwarf frogs, a phantom plako,a few ghost shrimp, and a rainbow shark. Only thing that betta just plain didn’t like were mollies. Thinking about putting in just a couple more rainbow sharks to finish up the tank.

  46. Reply maguire Feb 18,2016 4:43 am

    I have actually keped a lot of different vorietysc of fish with my betta just not fish with vibrant colors or large fins but to my surprise i actually was able to keep two betters in the same tank for a number of months before the other betta my half moon died of old age as i have had for 3 years. between the both of them nun of them suffered any fin bite with is hard to believe.

  47. Reply Karlye mcdowell Feb 18,2016 8:14 pm

    I have my bett a in with an albino algae eater, a medium sized goldfish( one with less long find) 2 African dwarf frogs, a clawed towed frog, 3 banjo catfish, and a Mickey mouse fish. He seems to be getting along.

  48. Reply Karlye mcdowell Feb 18,2016 9:16 pm

    About 6 years ago, I had a 5 gallon tank .with all kinds of goldfish in it. One goldfish was a black telescope goldfish.( the fish with the big eyes) but this one only has one eye when I bought it. Eventually his other eye went, but I also added my purple Betta( he was an older Betts) but every time my blinded gold fish would swim towards the glass, the bett a would guide him away from danger. He was like a personal body gaurd!! Unfortunately, when the goldfish passed away so did the Betta. I guest they really were best friends. They didn’t die the same day but it was with in a day of each other.

  49. Reply Vic Mar 2,2016 3:58 pm

    Another really important thing to note is that you cannot!! Keep males and females in the same tank with or without a divider because the females will become very uncomfortable with their eggs because of the males hormones. And also the minimum amount of females to keep together is 5.

  50. Reply Jay Mar 8,2016 5:15 am

    Looking for ideas got a 10 gallon tank 2 emerald cory cats and a female betta thinking about adding tank mates and wondering if i keep tank in right temp from room temp and water thermometers in tank if that will work got air feed but do i really need a filter if i maintenance weekly

  51. Reply Nancy D Mar 10,2016 10:05 pm

    I had a betta male, very peacable with the 2 cory cats, and 4 small fry neon tetras. He was very curious about them and followed them around at times, not agressive. Decided to add more tetras of diff variety when I lost 3 neons due to suction of my filter. Added 6 tetras to my 10 gallon tank. My betta started looking depressed and wouldn’t come to me anymore, I was going to seperate him from everyone until I could rehome some of the tetras to my sister, unfortunately it stressed him so much,he didn’t survive. Maybe he’s unique but I will never have that many extra tank mates with a betta.

  52. Reply bemore Mar 20,2016 6:17 am

    I have my beta/neon tetras in an 55gal I plan to add white clouds clown pleco Harlequin rasboras nerite snails maybe shrimp

  53. Reply Tony D. Mar 20,2016 8:13 pm

    My ex-boss stranded her male betta on our unit when she quit and didn’t take him with her. He was neglected for months, living in a plexiglass box and being overfed by passers-by. Just in the last three months I decided to start up a 10G tank of tetras. Within a month I upgraded to a 29G tank and decided to adopt the betta into the 10G tank which only held two Chinese algae eaters that I decided I didn’t want. I then ended up using the 10G as a hospital tank to treat an infestation in some newly purchased platys. Long story made short, the betta made it into the big tank and is surprisingly co-existing with 7 Black Skirt tetras (some of which are the Glofish variety) 5 Neon tetras and 4 Julii corys. The tank is planted and landscaped with large slates of rock and ornaments to create a lot of hiding places for everyone. This plus the betta’s weakened state keep him out of trouble with the fast-moving larger tetras. The betta is either air-breathing at the surface or in a crevice on the bottom. When he does venture into mid-tank, he moves fast and defensively. I’m tempted to leave him in the big tank because this is the happiest he’s been since I adopted him. But he’s back to the isolation tank the minute any fish die at his hands.

  54. Reply GoldfishLover Mar 23,2016 10:00 pm

    I got a 6 white clouds with my female betta and a amano shrimp in a 15 gallon, sometimes she gets curious and looks a them but she doesnt get aggresive. Sometimes she swims happily through the fish and loves the place.

  55. Reply FishAreFriends-NotFood Mar 26,2016 3:59 pm

    I have to say, I absolutely love the advice that you’re giving! I’ve had my male betta, Cogidubnus, for a while now. Recently, I’ve added 2 ghost shrimp,1 of each gender, Dietrich and Ena, next I added a male cory catfish, Hezekiah, and most recently, I’ve added a female otocinclus catfish, Isnavarman. They all live happily. Sometimes Hezekiah will nudge Cogidubnus, causing him to take chase, but I have plenty of hiding places and plants.

  56. Reply Darsa ge Apr 2,2016 4:37 am

    Ashley my betta does same, imagine going from a small bathroom (the cup it was raised/ you bought it in) to a bowel 100× wht it is used to. Not to mention not much to do as a lone fish.

  57. Reply andrew Apr 2,2016 11:01 pm

    I doubt wether it will help bcos i have an aggressive white plakat betta. Will it help for its community

  58. Reply Frost Apr 16,2016 4:59 am

    Will a beta do okay with a golden dojo loach?

  59. Reply New tank Apr 24,2016 5:22 am

    I’m wondering this, I have a 1 gallon tank (2.5w 12h 12L) I want to get a Berra and 6-8 tetras of some variations. I had tetras in woth betas before but in wondoring if the tank size is ok if I add a bottom feeder and/or a small cleaner fish.

    • Reply Nobody Jun 4,2016 3:21 pm

      The tank is Way too small…You should do at least 1 gallon per 1 inch of fish. with goldfish its 2 gallon per 1 inch of fish.. You’d need at least a 10 gallon tank.

      Hope i helped.

    • Reply BettaHappy Jul 17,2016 11:48 pm

      Bettas do best in a 5 gal. or larger. 6-8 Tetras would be WAY too many fish for such a small tank. As it is, with a 1 gallon tank, you’re going to have to do 100% water changes every couple of days. I wouldn’t add anything else to this tank.

  60. Reply cdubbs Apr 26,2016 5:57 am

    I am currently keeping a betta with 12 neons. 3 plecos (dwarf long tail. Albino. And 10 inch sailfin) 2 skirt tetras. 4siamese algea eaters, snails, 4 baby angels (well see) khulis, cory cats, autos catfish, pea puffer. Everyone is happy. Angels well see about. Gonna add lots more. See how much variety i can add to the 100 gallon tank.

  61. Reply Moe Apr 29,2016 9:41 pm

    I have a female betta and I added a male crown tale Berta. SHE KILLED HIM!!!!

  62. Reply Sadie May 13,2016 4:45 pm

    I have my new betta in a 1 1/2 cube tank by himself with a small live plant (he doesn’t eat it)… he seems happy, building bubble nests and all… is that really too small? I occasionally place a small mirror for him to “flare” at for 5-10 mins then feed him 2 pellets (which he lunges at). I was thinking about getting an 8 gal tank for him to have with some buddies… but is his current tank too small?

  63. Reply Danielle May 13,2016 11:09 pm

    I’ve been keeping bettas for several years, beginning with one in a betta bowl. I currently have a “sorority” of 6 female bettas in a 90 gallon tank with tons of tank mates, so I’d like to share some stuff I found interesting and/or useful. And yes, they’re awesome fish (hence my progression to bigger and bigger tanks).

    They can breathe oxygen, which is why they can survive in unfiltered bowls, but as others here said, an actual filtered tank is ideal. I’ve had success keeping males and females in with golden barbs, neon tetras, plecos, ottos, clown loaches, a rainbow shark, angelfish, etc., the key to success being providing them with coverage (plants, rocks, driftwood, etc.). They love “sitting” on plants and other decorations near the water surface, where they can easily rise for air. That said, I haven’t had great success mixing male and female bettas together because once they decide to fight –and it might be after several days or even weeks, they FIGHT. At one point I had three females and one male together in a 20 gallon. They got along peacefully and playfully for a while –the male even built a bubble next, but eventually he injured a female and the girls collectively ate his fins in response. I haven’t experimented since.

    If you’re new to bettas, just be aware they’re not as tough as you might think. I’ve had a couple develop weird diseases in an otherwise healthy tank and apparently things like too much meat in their diet can cause illness. My females love hunting ghost shrimp, but I’m fairly sure over-eating contributed to one’s death (I’ve heard their stomachs are the size of their eyes). Still, super cool fish with great personality. Good luck!

  64. Reply Nobody Jun 4,2016 3:16 pm

    I have a male betta in a 10 g with 3 shortfin danios. The male is very aggressive to female bettas and killed one. But with guppies (which i have with a male and female betta), Swordtails,Danios,Gouramis,Angelfish,Convict Cichlids,Tetras,Mollies and platys go well with bettas.

  65. Reply Dave Hovi Jun 14,2016 9:28 am

    I have had Bettas for many years and my tanks have always done well with rainbow shark, red tail shark, bala shark. Usually I’ve had just 1-2 of each of these (depending on tank size) for some variety of fish, and never had a problem with any of them

  66. Reply Catherine Jun 16,2016 1:16 pm

    We have a male dragon half moon betta; blue, white, red & turquoise in color. His name is Cyrus. He’s very happy in his tank with male dwarf gouramis, balloon mollies, scissor tail rasboras, silver hatchets, neon tetras, cory cats, plecos, and one baby female guppy we raised. There’s never any drama. It all depends on the betta. Some are sweet; some are not. Just like any fish. He is the boss, but has lots of fun with his mates. ♡

  67. Reply Arielle Jul 3,2016 3:41 pm

    We just upgraded our male Betta to a five gallon tank with a filter. I bought two neon tetras (I wanted to buy six because they are meant to be in a school but the store only had two) I figured no big deal- I’d buy more later. Wrong! We came home from dinner out and the two tetras were dead and my Betta had bite marks all over. The tank is for my 3 year old daughter and we had our first fish funeral. Any suggestions on how to get my Betta recovered from the bites? This morning he seemed like his old self. Now- I really want a tank mate. Should I try a pleco (bottom feeder) or snail? I really like the idea of a fish that cleans the tank. What about a snail? I feel bad keeping the Betta alone which is why I wanted another fish/snail for him. Do you think he wants to be alone? Or should I try the pleco or snail? Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!

  68. Reply Elaine Jul 14,2016 2:34 pm

    I wanted know if I can put other fish with my Berta Male,I was told by Petco that you can’t put male and female together only mating season only and two males can’t be together that they would kill one another

  69. Reply notmrjohn Jul 17,2016 5:12 pm

    A 10 gallon tank wih a male betta, 2 cory cats, 10 to 12 neons. Within 2 daysof adding neons, the betta had nipped off every one of the neons tales.Probably happened at night.

  70. Reply Tenny Jul 22,2016 9:27 pm

    I like all of these suggestions, especially because they vary from the typical suggestions everywhere else. One thing to mention, however–ALL Plecos are poop machines, but no one ever mentions this when discussing plecos as tank mates. I could not keep the bristlenose pleco I had with my betta because the mess was waaay too much, and my betta could not handle stronger filtration to combat it. But thank you for all the other info on these fish!

  71. Reply zawthura Aug 2,2016 3:14 pm

    I want to the state of breed betta with figure. that is the best for fish and so many useful.respect and thz.

  72. Reply Bea Aug 3,2016 10:28 am

    Male betta took 3 days to figure out how to hunt for much faster thai rasboras and I had an emergency unsticking of dead rasbora from betta’s maul and an evacuation… All in a well planted 10 gallon tank…

  73. Reply emilyk_bettas Aug 7,2016 7:53 am

    I currently have a 10 gallon with 2 male bettas – it’s divided, no worries – that is filtered and heated. I keep the temperature right around 80 defrees, and am super faithful about water changes and getting water tests done on a regular basis. I’ve been thinking about adding some tank mates for the guys, and have been doing a lot of research lately! But I haven’t found any info about a divided tank specifically. Also, I don’t have any live plants in it currently. I might get a couple of Moss balls (they’re called betta buddies at my local petshop) soon, but other than that I would prefer to not have plants in it. Does anyone have any suggestions for some tank mates I could get? Both males are super mild and chill. I’m leaning toward either tetras or harlequin rasboras. I’m assuming the general numbers rule wouldn’t be the same for a divided 10 gallon, right? It’s big enough to not be over loaded with the bio thing, but they would be split between the two sides……. Not sure what to do, any advice and/or thoughts are more than welcome!

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  75. Reply Mary b Sep 16,2016 6:20 am

    I have a 30gallon filled with 6 mollies and one Rosey barb.

    10gallon- algea eater, albino catfish, 4neon tetras and one other tetra.

    What tank would my male Betta fit in better?
    He isnt easily arroused but does posture when you put a mirror beside him but never attacks.

  76. Reply Courtney Oct 17,2016 2:26 am

    Hey Everyone,
    I bought a pink betta a little more than a month ago, and he was originally in a 2.2 gal for a couple weeks. I thought he deserved better and got him a 10 gal with a proper filter, heater, gravel, fake soft plants and a castle.

    He was in the 10 gal for about a couple weeks by himself, until I got too jealous of my friends community tank of a betta and rasboras. So today, I bought two black harlequin rasboras and put them in the 10 gal with a divider between the betta and them for about an hour..till I let the betta meet them. Everything worked out fine, he did flare at first when he saw them in the bag but then was following them kindly for a few minutes to see who they were when swimming around. They both have a house to hide, yet the rasboras do not seem interested and they stay away from the betta.

    I was wondering if it would be a bad idea to add more of the same rasboras in since they do better in a bigger school. Will this piss off my betta? Will it make all their lives uncomfortable? I am new to this but have researched enough to know these guys would be good together and I just want them to have happy lives. Many thanks.

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