Can I put any other fish in with a male betta?

  • I had a male betta fish for a long time, and was told by the people at the pet store that I could put in a pleco fish (aka an algae eater) because it would stay near the bottom. Since, he claimed, the betta would spend all his time near the top, the betta wouldn't notice the pleco and they would get along fine.

    This worked out for a while, but one day I came home and they had attacked each other and both had died. This leaves me wondering - was it really okay to put the pleco in there? Should I have left the betta by himself? Was there a better type of fish to add to that tank?

    I agree it's a dupe of that question, though it's worth noting that neither of the answers there currently address whether male bettas can be kept with *other* species.

    I agree with toxotes, looks like a different question to me.

    Bettas can be kept with other species from the research I've done, but keep a mirror in handy so it can flash its fins every once in a while - it keeps the betta feeling secure of its territory, fighting off "invaders". Make sure the other fish don't include tiger barbs, for example - notorious fin nippers.

    You could keep smaller things then Plecos, but I don’t know if that beta would be aggressive, Is there anything for the other fish to hide in? It would definitely change the sistuation If they had driftwood or something to hide by.

  • Don Larynx

    Don Larynx Correct answer

    8 years ago

    Most male bettas will fight with anything that even remotely resembles another male in finnage or coloration. Some will attack any fish indiscriminately, regardless of its appearance. It is inherently risky to house bettas with other fish. Some bettas are too aggressive to be kept with any species, and many community species will damage the finnage of a betta. This species does best when kept solitarily due to its special environmental and social needs.

    However, community keeping is possible with careful monitoring and appropriate tank-mates if the betta's personality permits. Communal housing should always be approached on a case by case, individual basis!

    Placid males and females can often be housed in a well-planted community tank with mellow, dully-colored fish, as well as some aquatic invertebrates or amphibians. Careful monitoring is demanded, and the positives and negatives of the housing situation should be thoroughly evaluated prior to mixing species, but the community betta is not an impossibility.

    Alternately, or in conjunction with other fish, consider offering a mirror as a safe companion.

    Bettas can coexist with other fish perfectly fine. Obviously 2 or more male bettas is a no-no. Other species of fish in the same family as bettas can be a problem. My betta did not like gouramis (both are labyrinth fish). I have a male betta in with 30 other fish and all get along fine.

    A mirror isn't a good constant companion, as they don't recognize it as themselves it can stress them out. It's good if you take it away after an hour or so, to give them the illusion that they scared the other betta away. That's why it's usually advertised as exercise for them.

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