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Betta and other fish in same tank?

Can a Betta be in the same tank with other fish or will the Betta kill the other fish? Tank will be 30 or 40 gallons.

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It depends on the betta, and the other fish. Sometimes other fish badger and bully bettas into submission, and pick at their long fins. Some bettas tolerate and leave other fish alone, some chase everyone and everything that moves.
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Bettas very much have their own personalty. One may tolerate other peaceful fish fine, another may rip those same fish in half. I'd go with some bottom dwellers or slow moving tetras.

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Bettas very much have their own personalty. One may tolerate other peaceful fish fine, another may rip those same fish in half. I'd go with some bottom dwellers or slow moving tetras.
I agree with that...i kept betta in a 20 gallon long tank and they spwan right in front of everyone( neons,ottos...) here is a link to the thread that i posted long time with 2 videos: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fi...-spawning.html
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So I guess its a 50/50 chance?

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As others have said its pretty random. I tried a single male Betta in a community tank. It worked ok for a week or 2, but one night he snapped and we woke up the next morning to find he had killed 4 of our 5 cardinal tetras. Since then he has coexisted peacefully with our African dwarf frogs and otos in a different tank. We also had a female Betta who lived in our community tank for 2 months without incident, until an unfortunate event involving a filter intake.
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IME a little better than 50/50- but I'd have a Plan B just in case.

I've usually had more issues with other fish picking on the betta (can't resist those long flowy fins...), so keep that in mind when picking out tankmates. You don't want any fish about the same size and shape as the betta as that tends to trigger the betta, and no fish that tend to be fin-nippers to harrass the betta.

Female bettas and plakat (short-finned) are often the best choices for community tanks.





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Oh, ok. Still don't know what kind of fish I'm going to keep. But if I get a angelfish, I wont be able to keep a betta right? Since a angelfish is the same shape?

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An angel would probably work with a female betta OK. IMO angels really need 55gal+ tanks though, since adults can get so large and really need their swimming room.





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An angel would probably work with a female betta OK. IMO angels really need 55gal+ tanks though, since adults can get so large and really need their swimming room.
Oh, ok, gotcha.

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I agree with the previous posts that each betta has its own personality, so there are no guarantees. However, I have successfully kept male bettas with platies, tetras, otos, and adult amano shrimp.

One approach that I have found useful is to ensure that the betta is the last fish added to your tank. This helps minimize territoriality. If you don't have the betta yet, add all of the other fish to the tank first, then introduce the betta to the tank last. Ensure that you monitor the tank to see how the interactions go.

If you already have the betta in the tank, remove the betta, rearrange the tank decor as much as you can, add the other fish, and then add the betta back in.
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When I had angels I also had a betta - worked fine.

One suggestion - find an LFS that keeps bettas in the tanks with other fish (instead of the dixie cups). That way the betta is already used to being in a tank with other fish and might be less aggressive.

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When I had angels I also had a betta - worked fine.

One suggestion - find an LFS that keeps bettas in the tanks with other fish (instead of the dixie cups). That way the betta is already used to being in a tank with other fish and might be less aggressive.
sounds like a good idea to me.

my betta harrased my guppys and any other bottom dweller in my tank.
so to me its a 50/50
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