Betta Fish And Platys?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by TheSempleton, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. TheSempleton

    TheSempletonNew MemberMember

    I am moving my cories to a larger tank and would like to get some new friends for my betta. I would really like to get platys but if they aren't a good match, what fish would be good? Thanks
  2. Aster

    AsterWell Known MemberMember

    What size tank?

    Keeping bettas with other fish is always risky. You could try inverts like snails and shrimp.
  3. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    What size tank? I wouldn't keep bettas with any fish under 20 gallons, it's too risky to do that.

  4. bopsalot

    bopsalotWell Known MemberMember

    Bettas truly prefer being alone in their tank. Some bettas do tolerate a community, but it needs to be well thought out. Larger tank, plenty of soft plants and decor for hiding, gentle current, ideal temperature...

    Bettas seem to do best in their own aquarium 5-10 gallons, larger is usually fine.
  5. Bruxes and BubblesWell Known MemberMember

    Size of tank? Betta's temperment? Tail type? Male or female?

    As the others have said, 20 gallons or more work best for betta communities.

    I have an extremely docile female that does well with my platy, but she's more of the exception than the norm. Platys are pretty colorful and that can evoke a reaction.
    Have a backup plan if it doesn't work.

  6. OP

    TheSempletonNew MemberMember

    Well I was hoping to get platys but I guess I will just wait until I can buy another tank. Thank you all very much do your answers and advice.
  7. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    What size tank though?
    I would just suggest some shrimp or snails.
  8. OP

    TheSempletonNew MemberMember

    The tank is five gallons
  9. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yeah, just stick with shrimp and snails.
  10. OP

    TheSempletonNew MemberMember

    Okay I will thanks
  11. tunafax

    tunafaxWell Known MemberMember

    Re: shrimp - I would stay away from colorful shrimp like cherries that would attract your betta's attention. Ghost shrimp would be your safest bet.
  12. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

  13. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Cherry shrimp should be OK with a betta as long as there is sufficient cover for them to hide.

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