Tankmates for Bettas and Betta Fish in a Community Tank
How long do betta fish live in a health community tank compared to in their own small tank?
**People get into HUGE, NASTY, PERSONAL FIGHTS about this.** The truth is that what works for someone, may not work for another. Indeed, it is the exception, not the rule, that bettas make good community fish. Indeed, it is always safer to keep a betta by itself. Indeed, it would be cruel to keep a betta in a community tank if fish were getting terrorized, maimed, or killed and/or if the betta seemed constantly stressed and flaring at its tank-mates.
Before stocking, all species must have research done on them in order to determine what good mixes are. Finding out their bioloads (high or low), water conditions, live plant needs, and other details that may pertain to the type of tank being considered is a requirement for a successful community. Betta fish should be added after establishing a community inside the tank because otherwise the Betta may become territorial and not welcome any newcomers. Be sure to watch the other fish too--tetras have been known for picking on Betta fish by biting their tails. This can sometimes lead to death or infection.
This is a community betta fish tank with guppies.
Happy Betta Fish in Community Tank - YouTube
Myth: Male bettas only fight with other males; this aside, they are peaceful community fish. Reality: Most male bettas will fight with anything that even remotely resembles another male in finnage or coloration. Some will attack any fish indiscriminately, regardless of its appearance. It is inherently risky to house bettas with other fish. Some bettas are too aggressive to be kept with any species, and many community species will damage the finnage of a betta. This species does best when kept solitarily due to its special environmental and social needs. However, community keeping is possible with careful monitoring and appropriate tankmates if the betta's personality permits. Communal housing should always be approached on a case by case, individual basis! Myth: Bettas are completely unsuitable community fish and can only be housed solitarily. Reality: While the safest way to keep bettas is solitarily for both the betta's sake and that of its would-be tank mates, it would be inaccurate to suggest that bettas can never be housed with other fish. Placid males and females can often be housed in a well-planted community tank with mellow, dully-colored fish, as well as some aquatic invertebrates or amphibians. Careful monitoring is demanded, and the positives and negatives of the housing situation should be thoroughly evaluated prior to mixing species, but the community betta is not an impossibility. Myth: Female bettas are peaceful and can always be housed together or in tropical community tanks. Reality: Many female bettas are equally as aggressive as males - with added speed and mobility due to their short finnage! Sorority tanks are only possible in a well-planted environment under highly specific population and gallonage conditions, and even then injuries and deaths are commonplace. Likewise, female bettas will often attack and injure community fish, especially ones who resemble bettas. Male and female bettas are almost equally solitary; the safest way to keep females, like males, is alone. If you do wish to keep a sorority or community tank with females, you must monitor closely, and read up on setting up such a tank safely. A betta fish in a big community tank! Bettas can't live together, but in a 10 gallon tank or more, they can often times be compatible with other small peaceful fish! Be careful about guppies though--those big tails look too much like other bettas! #betta #fish