I love plakats! My boy looks similar shape wise, but he's a complete mutt: a cellophane half covered by white dragon scales and smattering of black pineapple markings. And yes, feisty.
Thanks for sharing your experience. It's a gamble for sure. I know with every fish has different personalities and with aggressive fish it is best to have the more calm tank mates settled in first so it can learn the tank and find cover if needed. But this was an impulse buy :grin2: He will be solo for awhile thoughHe is really cute.
Here are my thoughts:
I read somewhere that Plakat means biting fish. That being said, it might have been better to put the tank mates in first and then add the Betta second. If the tank mates come first, they usually look like part of the furnishings. If the Betta comes first, the new buddies often look like food. I would add the tankmates when you have plenty of spare time to hang around and monitor the situation. Have a bowl or extra tank ready for emergency evacuation (just in case).
Shrimp: maybe. Some people on the forum have good luck keeping them with a Betta. Depends on the Betta. Shrimp are prey. Even if your Betta leaves them alone, your shrimp may be stressed. I had Amano shrimp climb out of their Betta tank twice. They didn't trust the Betta even though I never saw him attack them. Cherries don't usually climb. They may get ill from stress.
Rasboras: yes. They are great tank mates. They don't nip at my halfmoon. The Bettas leave their Rasboras alone except when Finn gets grumpy. He chases them but doesn't harm them. They are almost as interactive as my Bettas. They are faster than most Bettas and tend to stay safe.
Oto: I vote no. One Betta harassed his Oto to the point that he even bit an algae wafer in half and spat it at his "friend". Another Betta killed two Otos. The third Betta, a gorgeous halfmoon got attacked over and over by his Oto. I thought the fin damage was caused by a tail biting issue the Betta had before. The final attack happened while I watched. The damage was so bad the Betta died of infection.
Bonus: snails: maybe. Some live, some get harassed, some are way too tasty.
Plant heavily for maximum hiding spots. Good luck!
+1 (and make sure the water level is not too high for this reason. It sucks to find a crispy Betta on the carpet). I think I have had every Betta disaster known to man....Keep the tank tightly covered. They jump.
When I had bettas, I kept shrimps with them so they can have live food.
Yup. Going to let the carpet fill in more and going to start growing xmas moss. got a scape in mind. I'm leaning away from otos because of those reasons. I will check out those nerites in the future if shrimps dont work outLovely new betta. If you want to keep shrimp you should densely plant the tank including a lot of moss for hiding BEFORE getting the shrimp.
Don't get 1-3 oto. Otos are shoaling fish and do better in groups of 5-6 or more, less stress and more active that way. You need a 20g+ that's well established (and plenty of diatoms to start them off) to keep a proper group of otos.
Another potion for some red in the tank would be the tiger nerite (also called red spot nerite) snail.
All bettas have different personalities and temperaments. Some won't tolerate ANY tank-mates, some will. Have a back up tank with cycled filter ready for whatever you try to keep with your betta so they can be separated if needed.
I wont be putting in otos since I want this tank looking more open. I will get 2 nerites as clean up crewThat tank looks plenty big enough for ottos? I've had a trio in a 6gal for a year now doing great. You just need to provide them with more cover.
The betta really doesnt show interest with the shrimps anymore so I say its a success. They are wandering out in the open now. Time to add more shrimps. And I got those moss cages on ebay, shipping didnt tank too long either.Beautiful fish! I often see Red Ember Tetras listed as tankmates for Bettas if you are looking for red. I haven't kept them myself, though.
I'm subscribing to see what your experience with shrimp is with the Betta.
Those moss cages are interesting, where did you get those?
I have a mixture of chili and exclamation point Rasboras in two of my Betta tanks. They have been living with their Betta buddies for a couple of years with no problems. Finn ate one (I'm not sure if he killed it or scavenged it if it died beforehand). He was a juvenile Betta at the time, it gave him a massive bellyache and he never tried it again. Aside from some pissed off chasing around the tank each morning after breakfast, Finn gets along with themI wont be putting in otos since I want this tank looking more open. I will get 2 nerites as clean up crew
The betta really doesnt show interest with the shrimps anymore so I say its a success. They are wandering out in the open now. Time to add more shrimps. And I got those moss cages on ebay, shipping didnt tank too long either.
I have embers in my other tank in case I want to switch it up. But leaning towards Chili or Exclamation Point Rasboras if it has other fish for tankmates :smile2: