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I actually had a bottle of aquavitro seed that I started dosing about a week ago. But I'll keep that product you mentioned in mind. Have you had good experience with that product?

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Don't forget that if you plan on adding other fish, add those before the betta. That should help him transition into viewing them as "part of the decor" rather than invaders into his territory.

Great set-up so far!
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Someone from the forums was selling them for cheap. Met up with them in Chicago. It was like 2 dollars per pound. Even sold me that driftwood.

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Don't forget that if you plan on adding other fish, add those before the betta. That should help him transition into viewing them as "part of the decor" rather than invaders into his territory.

Great set-up so far!
I was thinking sparkling gouramis. What do you think? And will do I've also hear that they will stake their territory if they were introduced first.

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I was thinking sparkling gouramis. What do you think? And will do I've also hear that they will stake their territory if they were introduced first.

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I would not suggest putting gouramis with bettas unless you have a much larger (30g+) tank which is heavily planted, and the ability to separate them if needed. They are not known as being good tank mates.

Some of the more common fish that bettas do well with (read: bettas don't attack them, they don't attack bettas) are Harlequin Rasboras, Corydora sp., and Otos. Do some research before picking a fish, as bettas definitely don't do well with many species.
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I would not suggest putting gouramis with bettas unless you have a much larger (30g+) tank which is heavily planted, and the ability to separate them if needed. They are not known as being good tank mates.

Some of the more common fish that bettas do well with (read: bettas don't attack them, they don't attack bettas) are Harlequin Rasboras, Corydora sp., and Otos. Do some research before picking a fish, as bettas definitely don't do well with many species.
Aren't sparkling gouramis way smaller and peaceful? That's what I've read up. But I have no experience with them. I do like harlequin rasboras and Otto's would be nice.

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I personally don't have any experience with sparkling gouramis, though I'd still be concerned about the brighter coloration. You could try asking on bettafish if anyone there has had luck with them.

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I personally don't have any experience with sparkling gouramis, though I'd still be concerned about the brighter coloration. You could try asking on bettafish if anyone there has had luck with them.
Yea you're right. I will probably look into getting some Otto's. Do you have any recommendations?

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I had fabulous luck with my otos. They have a pretty high mortality rate, but I added them into a fully cycled, two-month old tank in the middle of an algae bloom, and all three survived and are flourishing. I think adding them after the algae bloom hit was what really helped them--they eat constantly, and that gave them a chance to eat all they wanted as they became acclimated to the tank. I just got my otos from Petsmart--nowhere fancy. I read somewhere to try to get them after they'd been at the store for at least 2 weeks, to help weed out the weaklings.

I no longer have an algae problem (they nipped it in the bud basically overnight), and they're still doing well almost two months later.
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I had fabulous luck with my otos. They have a pretty high mortality rate, but I added them into a fully cycled, two-month old tank in the middle of an algae bloom, and all three survived and are flourishing. I think adding them after the algae bloom hit was what really helped them--they eat constantly, and that gave them a chance to eat all they wanted as they became acclimated to the tank. I just got my otos from Petsmart--nowhere fancy. I read somewhere to try to get them after they'd been at the store for at least 2 weeks, to help weed out the weaklings.

I no longer have an algae problem (they nipped it in the bud basically overnight), and they're still doing well almost two months later.
Well I will go check some otos out tomorrow. I will have to change like 99% of my water first though. Would it be bad to buy both otos and the betta at the same time? Just put the Otis first?

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Why are you changing 99% of your water, if I might ask?

I'd suggest buying the otos first to give your cycle a chance to catch up to them. Bettas have a pretty low bioload, though, so either should be fine. Give the otos an hour or two to find some hiding spots before adding the betta to the tank, and leave the lights low the first few hours they're in together to provide the otos more opportunities to hide.

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Why are you changing 99% of your water, if I might ask?

I'd suggest buying the otos first to give your cycle a chance to catch up to them. Bettas have a pretty low bioload, though, so either should be fine. Give the otos an hour or two to find some hiding spots before adding the betta to the tank, and leave the lights low the first few hours they're in together to provide the otos more opportunities to hide.
My tank is already cycled, I have to change the water to get rid of all the excess nitrates before I add any fish. Just finished the cycle not too long ago, I've been dosing the tank with ammonia still to keep the bb fed.

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Well my son and I are headed to our LFS. Going to go check out some bettas and otos. Hoping they have something similar to what my gf saw last last time

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So after I acclimated my otos for about 45 minutes, I dump them in my net and slowly add them into my 10 falling before the betta. One of the otos gets stuck in the net on its front barbs? I cut a price of the net off.

One thing I noticed, my assassin snail tried to climb onto one of the otos. Should I be concerned? I separated the two as fast as I could.

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