this vid is of my new male betta fish being released into my 15 gallon community fish tank.
My Betta Febas just passed away yesterday. I want to do a community tank this time and would like some recommendation or suggestions. I plan to start the tank sooner than later. Since my current tank is cycled already, I plan to start stocking it in the next couple of days. I have been adding some fish food into the tank to keep the cycle going.
But recently, I have fallen in love with female betta. (After browsing these forums!) Would I be able to house a sorority in my community tank? Obviously there would be plenty of places for all the fish to hide and plants all around.
Community Tank introducing your betta to a school of fish
Tankmates for Bettas and Betta Fish in a Community Tank | PetHelpful
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. Because of these varying factors, there is no absolute minimum for community tanks. Since a community tank can technically include merely having a single Betta fish and a single snail, it is also a loose term. Generally, though, . A small sorority of female Betta splendens, for example, cannot live in less than a cycled 10 gallon fish tank; even then a higher volume tank would be more beneficial.