Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
In regards to stocking a tank that also houses a beta, you should be more concerned of the beta getting hurt more than anything.
A lot of people have the misconception that betas (Siamese fighting fish) are killers and naturally like to FSU. This is hardly the case.
Most of the fighters are of the plakat strain, which used to be line-bred for fighting (sorta like cock fighting, aqua style).
There are tonnes of beautiful beta's, and they do quite fine with other fish, granted the tank is big enough, and it is comfortable.
Beta's do not like a lot of current/flow in their tanks.
Beta's are also more than fine with small fish, or even bigger fish, granted the bigger fish won't try to eat the beta.
The problem I see more often than not, through personal experience, and through what others have dealt with, is that smaller fish, such as some tetras and barbs for example, like to nip away at the beta's long flowing fins. This is usually more of a problem in itself than the beta being agressive.
Of course, you can't expect to keep RCS/CRS with a beta and expect the shrimp population to grow, or house it with live-bearers and expect the fry to survive, as the beta will eat the fry, naturally.
To say that you can't house beta's with other fish and to say that they're little terrors would be a little too extreme.
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