Yes, there are quite a few Betta species INCLUDING Betta splendens that can be housed in community tanks with appropriate tankmates- however, I would not personally house any of them with cichlids. You could try it- but definitely have a Plan B ready in case either species happens to decide the other is competition.
I need some beta advice. I know that betas can be a bit aggressive, not to mention fin nippers. But I only know about Beta splendens. I've never owned a beta simplex, or other, more rare, beta. Are ALL betas (currently known) aggressive, or fin-nippers? Or are there some less aggressive betas out there, that I might be able to house in a community tank? I'm specifically referring to trying to house a betta (or two, or three, or..?) with german blue rams, or possibly angels. I'm still setting up my 75 gallon tank, and I'm not certain as to what fish I want to house. Thank you for your time.
Sort of... I got it started, but the Rzilla keeps leaking when I water the plants (obviously I didn't get it waterproofed well enough) so I've decided to scrap the natural viv project till I get some glass ExoTerra or ZooMeds.