Can Betta Fish Live With Other Fish? 0 546

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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5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 331

Tortoises are adorable animals and they are great pets to keep in your home. Here we explore the top five reasons why you should consider getting a tortoise as a pet.

1. Low maintenance

With some space to enjoy and some lettuce to chomp on, a tortoise will be pretty happy. This low maintenance pet won’t need walking twice a day and will keep themselves entertained.

2. Tortoises are very affordable

Tortoises are very affordable to keep in your home. Once they are set up with a comfortable space to enjoy, there will be very little cost to upkeep them. Their food is cheap and their space remains clean for long periods without needing to be changed.

3. Tortoises live long lives

Tortoises will also be around for a long time. They can live from 14 to 30 years or more depending on the species, which means you will have a friend for years to come. Unlike most other pets, you will be able to enjoy your tortoise for vast periods of your life.

4. They’re harmless

Tortoises are far more harmless than cats and dogs. While they may bite your finger if you put it in their mouth, little damage will be done. A tortoise is a very safe pet to have in the home and is great when you have children too.

5. Tortoises are loyal

Tortoises are unlike most pets in that they are happy in the space you give them. With room to wander around, food to eat and occasional trips into the garden to play and eat grass, the tortoise will be happy. Tortoises will not try to run away from you like dogs, hamsters or guinea pigs.

Tortoises are adorable creatures to keep as pets and they are a very practical and affordable animal to have in your home. Unlike many pets, it is easy to keep a tortoise and to keep them happy for a long time. With a tortoise, you will have a friend for years and years to come.

Photo: Tortoise by snowmentality licensed under Creative commons 2

Keeping exotic fish as pets 0 483

Exotic fish

There’s something mesmerising about watching a tank full of brightly coloured fish swim around. Do they make good pets though? Is it hard to keep exotic fish? With the right pet care and pet advice, exotic fish make great, if unusual pets.

Tank size

Go for the biggest sized tank you can afford and have room for. The bigger your tank, the easier you’ll find keeping the balance of the water right. Your fish need plenty of room to swim too. Aim for at least a 20-gallon tank.

Tank set-up

You’re going to need a heater to warm the water. You’ll also need a filter to ensure clean, healthy water, which is crucial for fish to thrive. It’s advisable to add an air pump to boost the oxygen levels.

You’ll also need a light for the tank, and a timer for the light, so it’s not on all the time. Bear in mind a fish tank should be placed out of direct sunlight, away from draughts and heating sources.

On top of the things that make your tank work you’re going to need everything that goes into your tank; gravel for the bottom, plants, and decorative caves and tunnels so your fish can hide if they want to.

You can usually buy aquarium starter kits at pet food stores if you want help in pulling everything together.

Getting the water right

The filter will cycle your water to make it suitable for fish to live in, never add tap water directly to the tank. You need to de-chlorinate it first. You can also add a water treatment to help keep the water healthy between changes.

You should change about 10-15% of the water each week to keep it clean and healthy for the fish. Never do a full tank change once your fish are in the tank.

Choosing your fish

When you choose your fish, make sure you start introducing them slowly – this will help you identify if you’ve got the water balance right, and at this point, your tanks eco-system is still developing, so adding lots of fish can damage it.

There’s a wide range of tropical fish to choose from – Cichlids, Betta and Swordtails are good starter fish, and are nice to look at. Never mix goldfish and tropical fish together.