Keeping Betta Fish With Other Fish 0 124

Keeping betta fish with other fish

Because the male Siamese fighting fish has a reputation for being somewhat aggressive, fish keepers often conclude that they cannot keep bettas with any other fish.

However, providing that you pick your tank mates carefully and do your research in advance, this is by no means the case. Most bettas can be kept perfectly happily within a communal tank.

Betta fish with other fish

Male bettas and other male bettas

Male bettas should not be kept with other male bettas, as they are very territorial and will almost certainly fight.

If you have a very large aquarium, it may be possible to provide enough space to allow two bettas to create two distinct territories, but this should be undertaken with great care.

Female bettas

Female bettas can live quite happily in groups, providing that the group is not too large and the fish are not forced to compete for space and resources. One male betta can also live perfectly happily with several females without incident.

Other types of fish

Providing that you follow the above rules and only keep one male betta per tank, while not overcrowding the females, bettas can be kept with a wide range of other fish species.

Other than when two male bettas are in competition with each other, the betta species as a whole is generally peaceful and unlikely to display aggression towards other species of fish, unless the other species happens to look similar to a male betta!

Good tank mates for betta fish

Bettas can usually live happily in a tank with guppies, though the long, vibrant tails of male guppies could potentially cause some fighting or aggression. Once the male betta realizes that the male guppies are not in competition with them, this will usually settle down on its own.

Tetras, including small shoals of neon tetra, make good tank mates for bettas, and the two different species of fish will largely ignore each other.

Corydora or Oto catfish are generally fine with bettas too. Even large species of catfish are usually safe to keep with bettas, as they each behave in a different manner and do not view each other as competition.

Bad tank mates for bettas

Angelfish are not a good combination with bettas. This is because angelfish tend to be rather aggressive and not afraid of eating or attacking smaller fish. The slow-moving betta with its long, flowing fins and tail and its bright colors will soon become a target for larger angelfish.

Gourami fish also do not work well with the betta as gouramis are large and prone to nibbling on fins and tails. Generally speaking, bettas kept with any other species of relatively large and potentially aggressive fish will lead to stress and an unhappy tank environment.

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5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 247

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 0 374

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.