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Title: Betta tank
Post by: Ruthy on July 29, 2017, 05:30:41 AM
Right guys, I'm starting back with fish keeping again. Definitely getting a betta. Need to find a tank first. Have a 25 inch space, or 30 inch space it can go into.
Would love a couple of twig catfish. Any other fish suitable for a betta tank? Planning on being planted and low flow so nothing that needs high oxygen in the water

Title: Re: Betta tank
Post by: Ruthy on July 29, 2017, 06:33:53 AM
To add, I think can get a 125L/33G tank in the space I have. Not huge, but will have to do

Title: Re: Betta tank
Post by: russ on July 30, 2017, 02:04:38 PM
Hi Dr. Ruthy,

Even though it is difficult for me to imagine that a 125l aquarium as a Betta tank per say, but I think that is a nice size for what you may be planning for. Be sure to add some wood in your tank for your catfish. Be careful when thinking about several of these Twigs to your tank. Males are territorial.

Title: Re: Betta tank
Post by: Ruthy on August 01, 2017, 03:00:35 PM
Hi Russ,
I was chatting to a couple of members via Facebook and have since realised I can get a 160L tank. Due to my past experience with bettas, I'm unsure how one would do in a busy tank (Billy was a grumpy sod and killed anything else in his tank).
So thinking of a pair of pearl gourami, maybe 15-20 harlequin rasbora and a load of cherry shrimp.
Think the twig catfish may be a bit too hard for me to source currently as can only go to shops where Stanley (dog) is physically allowed to go in. Can always pop them into an Amazon biotope in the future. Decided rather than picking favourite fish, will go for an Asian biotope and see what can do alright in hard water

Title: Re: Betta tank
Post by: russ on August 01, 2017, 07:12:42 PM
Can't go wrong with a nice sized school of H. Rasboras  :happy:

Title: Re: Betta tank
Post by: TwoTankAmin on August 02, 2017, 04:02:27 PM
I would think a lone Betta would love a big tank but it would get lost in it I think. What are the dimensions of the tank and what are your tap parameters? There are a lot of choices available is my bet. How married are you to the idea of a Betta splendens?

Title: Re: Betta tank
Post by: Ruthy on August 03, 2017, 03:55:57 PM
TwoTankAmin, I'm opting for gourami instead of a betta. I do really love bettas and think he would love a decent size tank to swim in, but my want for some invertebrates means I can't have one (my previous betta would eat any size shrimp)

Title: Re: Betta tank
Post by: TwoTankAmin on August 06, 2017, 10:03:23 AM
As far as I know, Gouramis are pretty much similar to bettas in terms of behavior and requirements. My first tank was a 45 gal. and I had a pair of dwarf flame gouramis (Trichogaster lalius). Everything seemed fine until he built a bubble nest and apparently they spawned. I was a newbie back then and knew almost nothing. He ended up killing her by chasing her hard into the glass. Not long after he got into itwith  the the red tail black shark in the tank, The gourami did a stint in an H tank to recover. The next time the shark killed him. That little gourami wanted to be the boss of the tank and refused to back down.

As much as I like this site, I have also used several others for good ingformation on fish, especially cpmpatibiluty. One such site is I haveepen to correspond occasionally with one of the people working on updating the information there for a number of species. I trust most of what i read on the site. Here is an example of what they write about the gourami i mentioned above (

I find the easiest way to get fisg info on the ite is to use Google. I type in the Latin (or common name) of the fish and then add "+ seriously" and Google finds it fast.

Title: Re: Betta tank
Post by: Ruthy on August 07, 2017, 01:56:37 AM
According to "seriously fish" the pearl gourami is the most peaceful and good for communities. Don't worry, I did research the gouramis before deciding on them :-)