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« on: September 07, 2012, 10:19:06 AM »

After visiting a couple of LFS-s, I found one that had privately-bred bettas, kind of interesting.  They still are in small bowls, but I sadly realize its a business that needs to look at revenue.  I have a 10g that I've been struggling to figure out how to stock (whole 'nother thread on that), and based on what is available, I'm considering getting a single male betta to be the standout fish.  I woud like the tank to be a community, however, and have been looking at tankmates.  From initial research, it seems that its a case by case basis, but bettas can get along with almost any fish that just doesn't look like a betta, i.e. bright colors, big fins, etc.  Since the tank is small, I realize I'd probably only be able to have 3-5 others there, and bottom-dwellers would probably be best.  A tutorial post on this site recommends snails, shrimp, or african dwarf frogs, but I really prefer fish!  Are there bottom-dwelling fish that could fit this tank and get along with a betta if I added them first?  The two I'd mainly been looking at are otos and pygmy cories.  One LFS had some nice looking kuhli loaches, and if they'd work I'd be willing to get sandy substrate to help accomodate them. 

What bottom-dwelling species could get along with a betta in a 10g?
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2012, 12:59:42 PM »

Either of your choices might work.  It all depends on the betta.  Some of them are relatively laid back (for a betta  Smiley) and others will not tolerate anything at all with them.  You would need a backup plan in case it doesn't work.

When in doubt, do a water change.
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2012, 08:49:43 PM »

Don't underestimate the interest-value of shrimp!  Cherry shrimp are fun (make sure they have a little shelter to molt in), and generally -not always! - get along with bettas.  Their colors are bright and they are very active.
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Theres more water than air in here :P

« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2012, 09:10:18 PM »

Ive successfully kept Galaxy Rasboras with a Betta in a small tank...I reckon that would work well for ya  good_luck

I love to hate Water Changes! :P
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 09:08:07 AM »

I currently have a betta in a 10 gallon with 3 ottos and some ghost shrimp and they all get along fine. It is heavily planted though, but notsure that makes a difference.

20g soon to be shell dweller tank
10g planted betta tank with 3 ottos and some ghost shrimp
65g 4 regular 4 green and 5 albino tiger  barbs, 3 pitcus cat, 1common pleco, 6 kuhli loaches, and a Firemouth
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