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02-02-2013 07:34 PM
goobypls I keep my Veil Tail in a 10g with 5 White Cloud Minnows. He chased them around a bit at first but now he leaves them alone all together. I have plenty of floating plants for my Beta to swim in, as well as small rock caves. He spends a good deal of time exploring while the minnows spend their time swimming in the filter current. The WCM were quite young when I bought them and now they are about an inch size. So far so good
02-01-2013 07:42 PM
hotrodprincess The shrimp are a may be I like the cherry shrimp but the girls want ghost shrimp we will see if we can even find any so far we havent spotted any shrimp of any kind at out pet stores. We are going to start with the corys and then add the endlers in a few weeks.
02-01-2013 05:20 PM
SouthernGorilla We have two albino and one peppered cory in our ten-gallon. There has never been a hint of trouble. You might want to reconsider the cherry shrimp. Our betta chased the ones we had. We never saw him kill any. But we no longer have any cherry shrimp. Could be a coincidence. He doesn't bother the ghost shrimp though. He doesn't even seem to notice the apple snails. So there's another option to consider.
02-01-2013 04:42 PM
hotrodprincess
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Good luck! I look forward to hearing what you decide on.
We have decided on getting 5pigmy corys 3 endlers and a few cherry shrimp. We have a couple pet stores in town so I am hoping one of them will have what we want.
11-05-2012 02:23 AM
Amandas tank Good luck! I look forward to hearing what you decide on.

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we have made a list of the suggested fish and we will see what we can find at our two pet stores neither one seems to have much of a selection. Hopefully we will be able to find some cool little guys to put in our tank. Not sure if i can find any cool colored shrimp so we may end up with ghost or cherry shrimp.

We are going to wait a couple weeks before adding any more livestock to the tank just to be sure there are no problems with the new tank. thank you everyone for the great suggestions
11-04-2012 06:15 PM
Repteel I'm doing good with panda garra, otos, cherry shrimp,lampeye killis, and hockeystick pencil fish. The betta was added last, not sure if that helps or not.
11-04-2012 05:02 PM
hotrodprincess
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Perfect!!!!!
we have made a list of the suggested fish and we will see what we can find at our two pet stores neither one seems to have much of a selection. Hopefully we will be able to find some cool little guys to put in our tank. Not sure if i can find any cool colored shrimp so we may end up with ghost or cherry shrimp.

We are going to wait a couple weeks before adding any more livestock to the tank just to be sure there are no problems with the new tank. thank you everyone for the great suggestions
11-04-2012 04:03 PM
Amandas tank Perfect!!!!!
11-04-2012 10:19 AM
hotrodprincess
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Yes HotrodPrincess, the corydoras will stay at the bottom. This question reminded me of something very important. They have barbels on their mouths to sift through sand for food. That is soething I didn't think to mention before suggesting them. If they are kept in a tank with gravel, sadly their barbels will get warn down which leads to death. I had mine with gravel and was told this very same thing. I thought mine looked fine and kept them in the gravel anyway. Then, sure enough, found one dead. Poor thing had no barbels! So, I changed from gravel to sand, and the younger ones grew their barbels back, but the older ones never did.
Just something to keep in mind.
thank you very much for the information i happen to have black sand in our tank so we shouldn't have a problem.
11-04-2012 01:23 AM
Amandas tank Yes HotrodPrincess, the corydoras will stay at the bottom. This question reminded me of something very important. They have barbels on their mouths to sift through sand for food. That is soething I didn't think to mention before suggesting them. If they are kept in a tank with gravel, sadly their barbels will get warn down which leads to death. I had mine with gravel and was told this very same thing. I thought mine looked fine and kept them in the gravel anyway. Then, sure enough, found one dead. Poor thing had no barbels! So, I changed from gravel to sand, and the younger ones grew their barbels back, but the older ones never did.
Just something to keep in mind.
11-03-2012 09:23 PM
ZLogic I kept a halfmoon with 5 ember tetras and 5 panda cories in a 10g with no trouble.
11-03-2012 08:48 PM
tinkerpuppet We had a betta who was in our 10g with guppies and all was good.
11-03-2012 08:02 PM
hotrodprincess
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Personally, I've never had a betta that was too aggressive to live with something. All but one did fine even with very small fish. The exception got along well with small cichlids and livebearers as big or bigger than himself well enough. Both my current males are so mellow they don't even mind cherry shrimp.

I would recommend a small group of endler's livebearers (probably only males, prettier and smaller and no overpopulation possibilities), a shoal of pygmy corydoras catfish (3-6), a trio of guppies (iffy with their fancy tails but I've never had a problem with it), a trio of platies, a school of otocinclus catfish (3-6), or any of the freshwater shrimp - especially amanos and cherries. I've never had any luck with ghosts. Obviously not all of these together, but for example a tank with the betta, 5 cories, 3 endlers, two amano shrimp and 5 - 10 cherry shrimp wouldn't be overstocked but very interesting. I'd also recommend nerite snails for algae control (but not together with otos - not enough to go around). Very hardy and my favorite algae eaters.

Be warned, amano shrimp climb out of tanks like no tomorrow if frightened by a fish or not happy with water quality, and need a tight fitting cover. I recently bought three, and lost three, all in one evening because my betta terrified them. They don't just jump like other shrimp and become limp on land, they climb plants or wires and run away like cockroaches only to dry up in a back room somewhere you'll never find them. Cherries also bail when scared but not nearly as readilly and they won't climb.

If you don't like more red, they also have blue, white, yellow, and a few other breeds of cherry shrimp but they aren't as readilly available.
thanks for the suggestions I am afraid of over stocking the tank.
I love the endlers those have some great color I think the girls might like them with the unique color, They look funner than the standard tetra, the corys are interesting too do they usually stay near the bottom?. I would love a few blue shrimp but im not sure what we could find where we are at. me and the girls will make a list of some possibilities and see whats available. Hopefully we can find some that wont break our budget for our home school project.
11-03-2012 06:02 PM
Amandas tank Oh, thought I should mention that the Serpae Tetras are not a good match for Bettas IME. I had a large school of them with my Betta in a 30 gallon thinking they would be too busy amongst themselves to fin nip; wrong! They nipped eachother constantly and if the Betta got close to the group, she'd get nipped too. My Skirt tetras did the same thing but less often.
Another thing to concider is feeding time. Bettas stock their food and Tetras go after it lightning speed like pirahnas! I feed my betta by hand and drop food on the other side of the tank for the zoomy-eaters. Works great!

Let us know what you decide!
11-03-2012 10:46 AM
acitydweller Avoid brightly colored fin fish which may trigger the betta's aggression. I have a giant betta with sparkling gourami which are a dwarf variety. Endlers are safe but the females get quite large and feed aggressively which may outcompete the betta during feedings. Avoid barbs that will bite the betta fins unless you have a plakat which can better defend themselves.

I have wild neo shrimp in the same tank as my betta but would not recommend the pairing unless the tank is over 10 gallons and heavily planted.
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