Betta Community Stocking?

  1. C

    ChaosCorrupter Valued Member Member

    I guess my eyesight is really bad because I bought my betta a 55 gallon when the caresheets said 5.5 gallon. JK. My new turtle pond opened up a tank. The turtles are still in it but when they go outside, I wanted to do a community with my male betta. I already have a bristlenose pleco from an old tank that was broken down. I wanted to do 1 school on the bottom, maybe a smaller corydoras or kuhli loaches. I'm leaning toward the loaches because the temps are more compatible but I'm not set yet. Also 1-2 schools for the mid - top levels. Something that will school would nice vs shoal. I really like tanichthys thacbaensis but I don't think temps match unless seriously fish is a little off for them. Espei rasboras look nice and anything else that might work. Finally, I wanted some snails and shrimp. I already know I'm going to add some amano shrimp. I also wanted Neocaridina shrimp and a few nerite snails but I was worried that loaches would eat the snails. Some final details, the temp will be 78-80 and it will be planted.
     
  2. Kenny777

    Kenny777 Well Known Member Member

    Okay how about
    1 Betta
    1 Bristlenose Pleco
    12 Albino Corys or Kuhli loaches
    14 Harlequin Rasboras
    14 Cardinal Tetras
    3 Nerite Snails
    20 Amano Shrimp
    I think this should work in a 55g
     
  3. OP
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    ChaosCorrupter Valued Member Member

    I think that would work but I'm gonna drop it down to 10 amanos and add some neocaridina shrimp for some color. Also what order should I add fish in? I already have the betta and pleco but I can keep the pleco in its current tank for a while. I'm just concerned about adding the betta first since it might claim the whole tank
     
  4. MattS99

    MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    The albino cories/kuhlis won't really work with that stock, I'd do sterbai cories.
     
  5. OP
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    ChaosCorrupter Valued Member Member

    Why won't the kuhlis work? Though the sterbai cories do look nice, how many could I get? 12?
     
  6. MattS99

    MattS99 Well Known Member Member

    Nevermind, kuhlis are fine. Screwed up. 12 sterbais is good.
     
  7. OP
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    ChaosCorrupter Valued Member Member

    Ok, I think I will stick with the kuhlis than. A mix of 6 pangio oblonga, the black ones, and 6 normal kuhlis with the stripes
     
  8. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Bettas need warmer water than the BN pleco. I also wouldn't keep them with tetras or rasboras, personally.
    But if they did go this route then do a clown pleco instead.
     
  9. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    I agree with both points Anders made
     
  10. OP
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    ChaosCorrupter Valued Member Member

    Yea, I saw that in my research but I already have the BN, it was a leftover from a different tank. I'm gonna try to rehome or trade it in to my LFS. Also in the second sentence, were you referring to the BN or the betta?
     
  11. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    I was referring to the BN in the second sentence.
     
  12. OP
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    ChaosCorrupter Valued Member Member

    Are clown plecos outgoing? I don't want something that will hide all day. What about claro plecos?
     
  13. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    What is a claro pleco?
     
  14. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    Clown plecos are generally pretty shy
     
  15. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

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    ChaosCorrupter Valued Member Member

    So I probably won't get a pleco now since what I found says that they are mostly shy and hide. Could I add more loaches without a pleco?
     
  17. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Yeah, you could, imo.