(Closed) Here fishy, fishy fishy.

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

We have a freshwater tank, too. (Just a 29 gallon) We have Hoover (our algae eater pleco) who is 2 yrs old now and a bunch of guppies. We’ve had balloon mollies and platys, but right now just the guppies. We’ll get more mollies and platys again soon, as we really like them too. My favorite are the fancy guppies though. So colorful!

Never had angelfish (due to the semi-aggressive nature) or betas. I’ve heard bad things about mixing angelfish with other fish. I would research betas online. You’ll find compatiblity charts that show your options.

Post # 4
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We’ve had lionfish, zebra fish, and ciclids together.  They seemed to do ok.

We had a largemouth bass…she didn’t really get along with other fish.  Go figure.

My friend had angelfish mixed with other fish, but I don’t remember which they were.

As far as I know (and I never owned one for this reason), betas don’t get along with other fish.  But maybe if you had a fairly mature Jack Dempsey fish you could put those two together.  Our JD was always pretty mellow despite his size.

Post # 6
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We have a bristlenose pleco (never get very big) and he does a fantastic job! Haven’t had algae since we got him. 🙂

The seperation cup isn’t fair to the fish. Is that like the breeding dividers? For temporary use or something? Yep, I think that’s cruel…

Why not keep the beta in a smaller tank by himself and get a different variety of fish for the larger aquarium? Don’t betas prefer to be alone? (Again, I don’t know too much about them)

Post # 8
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@missmouse29: Do you have a reputable fish store closeby? Perhaps you could speak to somebody there? I know you want to have the beta in the larger tank w/ some tankmates, so hopefully somebody can advise you if this could work. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I had a female beta with Mollies, Clown Loaches and guppies.  She did great and was the sweetest fish of the bunch.  She used to eat out of my hand and rub up against me.  I think she was so grateful that I picked her instead of one of the more fancy boys!  I had so much fun with my community tank.  Maybe someday I’ll have another one!

PS- love the Sesame Street reference.  It’s what got me to click the thread!

Post # 11
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@missmouse29: Hope you get some good advice and are able to have some other fish with your beta. 🙂

 

@Mrs. DG: That’s so sweet. So your Beta did get along beautifully with the others. So cute!

So it sounds like Betas (at least some) do get along with peaceful community fish afterall. Awesome! Maybe you can follow through with your plans, afterall!

Side Note: I cannot believe I didn’t get the Sesame Street reference!!! Now that Mrs DG mentioned it, I can’t get “Here Fishy Fishy” out of my head!!

Post # 12
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That’s why I originally clicked the thread too…it’s just too great a reference!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

I think it just depends on the betta because some are more agressive than others. I’ve heard corycats and african dwarf frogs (NOT african clawed frogs) are a good fit with bettas. I’ve had a female with my platys, but the plays eat more often than the betta (who will over eat if given the chance) so I separated them because of that. They didn’t fight much, just chased around a bit. I love my platys though! They’re so colorful and very easy to keep (very hardy). They keep having babies though lol

Oh, also, try not to get fast moving fish if you are putting them in with the betta. Bettas aren’t the best swimmers (those fins slow them down) so I read the quick fish will stress the the betta out and open the door for harassment.

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