Can Betta Fish Live With Other Fish? 0 59

We should start by saying that betta fish can live perfectly happily on their own. They are not shoal fish and are happy with their own company.

It’s also important to say that some betta fish will need to be kept alone, as they may attack any other fish in their tank.

However, if you have a placid betta fish then you may want to add some friends to their tank. That’s fine, but it’s important that you choose the right tank mates.

The first thing to say is that whichever fish you choose to house with you betta, you need to make sure the tank is big enough.

A tank of 10-15 gallons is a good size if you are keeping smaller fish, as there is plenty of space for the fish to keep their distance. Large fish potentially need to be kept in a 40-50 gallon tank, if housed together.

Let’s take a look at some popular fish you may be thinking about putting with your betta…

Can betta fish live with angelfish?
Can betta fish live with angelfish?

Can betta fish live with angelfish?

The first thing that should be said is that angelfish need to be housed in a large tank. Even a single angel fish should have 20 gallons of space. The second thing is that angelfish have aggressive tendencies, which grow as they do.

It’s not a good idea for a betta fish to live with an angelfish, as they will usually fight!

Can betta fish live with neon tetras?
Can betta fish live with neon tetras?

Can betta fish live with neon tetras?

The question ‘can betta fish live with neon tetras?’ is not always easy to answer. It often depends on the individual betta. Although bettas have a reputation for being aggressive, there are some bettas that are more placid than others. These fish can live amicably in a tank with neon tetras, though you may need to watch out for the tetras nipping at the fins of the betta.

You also need to be aware of the following when keeping betta fish with neon tetras:

  • You should have a tank that is at least 10 gallons in size.
  • You should provide plenty of cover so that the fish can escape from each other.
  • You should always keep a shoal of at least 5-6 neon tetras.
Can betta fish live with discus?
Can betta fish live with discus?

Can better fish live with discus?

There is some difference of opinion as to whether betta and discus make good tank companions.

The best advice is probably to apply caution if you want to keep these two species of fish together. One of the first things to consider is that you are going to need a lot of space. 40 gallons is probably a good size of tank, in order to allow the fish to have their own space.

You also need to consider the fact that bettas like to be dominant in their environment, while discus are often referred to as the king of the tank. Either fish may become stressed if housed with the other!

Can betta fish live with guppies?
Can betta fish live with guppies?

Can betta fish live with guppies?

The answer to the question “can betta fish live with guppies?” is… “sometimes!”.

That may sound a little vague as an answer, but it’s the truth. If your betta is very aggressive then it won’t take kindly to having to share a tank. If you have a more placid betta then it may be just fine living with guppies.

There are a couple of potential issues you need to look out for.

  • Male guppies have strong colouring and long fins that may remind a betta of another betta. This can lead to the betta attacking the male guppy.
  • Guppies may nip at the long fins of a betta. As you can imagine the betta won’t appreciate this!

If you are going to try keeping your betta fish with guppies then you should ideally have a tank which holds at least ten gallons.

Can betta fish live with mollies?
Can betta fish live with mollies?

Can betta fish live with mollies?

As with some of the other fish we’ve discussed, the answer to the question ‘can betta fish live with mollies?’, often depends on the individual fish.

Some betta fish will attack mollies, especially the more ornate varieties. Others will live peacefully in the same tank.

Of course, it’s not just the betta fish that can be aggressive. You also need to be aware that mollies will sometimes rip the fins of your betta.

If you really want to try housing your betta fish with mollies then making sure they have lots of space is vital; at least 10 gallons.

Conclusions about keeping other fish with betta fish

It is possible to house your betta with a variety of other fish. However, whether you will be successful largely depends on the individual personality of your fish. Some fish are simply more aggressive than others.

It’s important to remember that, although male bettas are generally more aggressive, females can also display aggressive tendencies.

It’s also important to remember that you don’t have to risk keeping other fish with your betta; they will be perfectly happy on their own!

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3 lizards that are great for first-time owners 0 125


Unusual pets have become more popular and accessible in recent years, with many more people considering exotic pets than before. Reptiles have become particularly popular, with the range of lizards available in the UK wider than ever. Here, we’ll list a few of the best lizards for beginners in terms of pet care.

Bearded Dragons

The single most popular reptile on the market today, bearded dragons are docile and friendly, and have no problem being handled by humans. Aside from this quality, bearded dragons are also a manageable size when fully grown, with the largest species reaching around 60cm tip to tip. This means they’ll be large enough to handle with ease and safety, but not so large that caring for them becomes a burden.

Leopard Geckos

Geckos are another type of lizard that has become exceedingly popular with first-time reptile owners. There are many owners and dealers who strive to own as many different species of gecko as possible. Most geckos are fast, and the sticky pads on their toes mean they can scale walls and escape from handlers fairly easily. However, leopard geckos are slow, docile, and lack the sticky toe pads. This makes them an easy and beautiful addition to your first vivarium. Furthermore, leopard geckos are quite hardy, and not as susceptible to diseases. They’re also smaller than bearded dragons and other common domestic lizards, with adults typically reaching a maximum of 25cm. This makes it easy to set them up with a comfortable and compact vivarium while you get used to reptile care.


Like bearded dragons, uromastyx enjoy human contact, which makes them perfect for owners who have only ever cared for mammals before. Furthermore, unlike many other reptiles, they feed almost exclusively on plants. This makes them easy to shop for, and a no-brainer for anyone who’s squeamish about insects. Having said that, uromastyx can be a strain on your energy bill, requiring a basking spot kept at 35 degrees Celsius to stay happy and healthy. Still, if you can afford this and love the look of these distinctive lizards, a uromastyx can make a great introductory pet lizard.

Essential considerations when buying a tortoise 0 126

Keeping a tortoise as a pet

If you love reptiles, you may have toyed with the idea of owning a pet tortoise. These are truly fascinating creatures, having lived alongside the dinosaurs. Over millions of years of evolution, tortoises have grown to require fairly specific needs. However, they can be loving and fairly low-maintenance pets if you approach tortoise care in the right way. Here are a few things to think about before getting your tortoise.

Choosing a breed

Tortoises are very diverse animals, and different breeds will work better for different lifestyles. Russian, Bell, and Forest Hingeback tortoises are fairly small, growing up to 8.5”. Red Foots are a mid-range breed, growing up to 14”, while African Spur Thighs are a notably large breed, with some adults weighing well over 150 pounds. While vivariums and similar enclosures are fine for young tortoises and particularly small breeds, most will require some outdoor space to keep them in.

General supplies

As with any unusual pets, you need to ensure you have all the right supplies to keep your tortoise happy and healthy in its new home. When kept indoors, your tortoise will need a basking light to draw energy from, as well as a florescent UVB light to help it process vitamins and minerals healthily. To ensure the UVB rays are enough for your tortoise, set reminders to yourself to change them once every 6-8 months. A large water bowl is needed for drinking and soaking. Finally, your tortoise will need a heating pad. This will warm its belly, and help with its digestion.


Like many other animals, infant and adolescent tortoises will need extra nutritional care to help them grow healthily. To this end, make sure you’re keeping them on a balanced diet of crispy, easily-digestible food, like grasses and leafy green vegetables. It’s also a good idea to get them some calcium and vitamin supplements. As their jaws mature, you can move them onto more solid foods like fruits. Fully-grown tortoises will be able to manage darker leafy greens, along with a wider range of go-to reptile food, such as fruits, earthworms, and crickets. If you’re ever unsure of what you should be giving your tortoise based on their age and breed, consult your vet.

Find out more about caring for your pet tortoise