Can you put other fish in with a betta?

Asked By: Katrina Currius | Last Updated: 12th March, 2020
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Many people mistakenly believe that betta fish must be kept in “solitary confinement.” Female bettas can live together, and while male bettas will fight with other male bettas, they can be placed singly in a “community” aquarium containing other species of fish. These tiny containers are not suitable for any fish.

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Considering this, what kinds of fish can live with a Betta?

Consider these fish and other aquatic animals to put with bettas:

  • Cory catfish.
  • Neon and ember tetras.
  • Ghost shrimp.
  • African dwarf frogs.
  • Guppies.
  • Kuhli loaches.

Also, how do bettas kill other fish? Bettas will commonly thrash at each other hoping to damage each other's scales, tails or gills. It's usually the infections that kill the betta fish and not the actual fight. Male bettas will initiate a fight by fanning out their fins and flaring (or puffing out) their gills making themselves look larger.

Secondly, do betta fish get lonely?

Betta fish are naturally territorial and should not be housed with any other betta fish because they will fight and injure each other, often resulting in death. They are unlikely to get lonely in their tank; however, if they are in a small tank, they may get bored.

Can 2 female betta fish live together?

Female bettas do not fight each other like males do, so they could very well share the same tank, but half a gallon is way too small. If you can, go for a 1o or 15 gallons tank where you can keep 3 or 4 females together and even add a male betta.

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Why does my betta flare at me?

Big time stress, in other words. And stress is the worst for fish. When your Betta Fish is flaring at you, it usually means that he/she is trying to impress you. Otherwise, he may see his reflection or another one of your Betta Fish.

Do Bettas need a heater?

It is a good idea to include a heater in your betta's tank, in order to maintain a constant ideal water temperature. Though people don't often think of them this way, Betta are tropical fish. That means they live in warmer water in the wild. They require temperatures from the mid-70s, up to around 80 degrees.

Will a betta fish kill a goldfish?

Goldfish Are Dirty (And Bettas Need Clean Water)
And while bettas are hardy fish, they're extremely susceptible to ammonia poisoning which can quickly kill them. But it's not just the ammonia poisoning that can be a problem.

Do Bettas sleep?

Nocturnal fish sleep during the day and hunt at night. As bettas are active during the day, they sleep at night. Usually, they sleep when the lights are turned off. So, you may not be able to see them sleeping.

How do you know a betta fish is happy?

The signs of a happy, healthy, and relaxed betta include:
  1. Strong, vibrant colors.
  2. Fins are held open, but not taut, allowing their fins to billow and fold in the water.
  3. Feeds readily.
  4. Active, smooth swimming movements.

Can guppies go with bettas?

Ideally, you should introduce only one betta fish into one aquarium, because they can fight each-other. Usually male betta fish are more aggressive, while females tend to be peaceful. Keeping multiple guppies with one beta fish is the best way to go. This way the betta fish will not be able to focus on one guppy.

Can I put my betta fish with my goldfish?

Short answer, no! There are many reasons why these two fish cannot be tank mates. Goldfish produce a lot of fish waste, leading to high levels of ammonia in the water which is toxic to betta fish. It dirties the water in the tank quickly, meaning that larger more frequent water changes need to be made.

How long do betta fish live as a pet?

Because your fish is usually 6 months – 1 year old by the time you buy it, you can expect him to live for around two – two and a half years old. However, it's not uncommon for Bettas to live until 4 or 5 years old if they are given the perfect tank conditions and cared for properly (more on this later).

What do Bettas like in their tank?

Betta fish tank requirements also include correct water temperature around 74 degrees (they like warm water). Bettas like to have a place to hide such as floating live plants. They feed on floating foods, preferring bloodworms , brine shrimp , daphnia, and specialized betta pellets .

Do Bettas like light?

Bettas like light so that they know when to wake up and prefer a darker environment to sleep. You may have an aquarium light on your tank and if so, it is probably best for you to turn this on when you wake up in the morning and turn it off just before bed time.

How long are betta fish supposed to live?

The average life expectancy for a betta in captivity is three years. This figure takes into account the average age a betta is when it's first sold which, for males, is one year and for females, six months. However, with the right care, a betta can live up to four or five years of age (maybe more!).

How old are betta fish at PetSmart?

Pet store male bettas (PetSmart, petco) generally tend to be past their breeding prime, they tend to wait longer to ship them out, as Kytkattin said above, which results in fish with longer and more devoleved finnage So generally around 8 months to a year old.

Do betta fish get cold?

Betta fish can't live in cold water for a long time. If bettas are kept in cold water for a long time, they will become lethargic and sick more often than before. They will lay at the bottom of the tank and slowly slip into a coma. Generally, you should keep the betta fish in the water at 75-80 degrees temperature.

How many female bettas can I keep in a 20 gallon tank?

You need to cycle for longer, with regular testing, but 5 -7 female bettas in a 20 gallon sounds good.

Do betta fish recognize their owners?

So, if you're wondering whether your Betta will even recognize you as its owner, the answer is yes. Most fish species and not just Betta will recognize their owner over time, especially if this person is the one feeding them most of the time. They'll usually be excited when such persons come in front of their tank.

Do male betta fish kill females?

Can A Female Betta Kill A Male? The betta female will typically not kill the male. They will normally go peacefully together but they are an aggressive species and the male might also surprise you by attacking the female. The best way here is to introduce a fish with an adjacent tank.