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Boxermom said:Of course this is just my opinion, but I think its rather irresponsible to recommend putting fish together that are notorious for not getting along. Yes, there may be exceptions to every rule but for the most part, one should consciously avoid purposely putting them in danger.
I am not by any means recommend that anyone else do this, but I too have a Betta in with Guppies (and Platys, and Swordtails), and they get along fine.chickadee said:Please always be aware that the temperment of all bettas do differ. It is really unwise to recommend that someone do something reckless with their pets when it is their tanks that we are trying to help with. Please do not recommend something to someone else based on what has happened in only one instance. It is such a heartbreak to lose fish, and it is not our place to suggest someone do something that would ordinarily not be a good idea. We have some very young members who not only do not have the money to use to experiment with but who are not experienced fish parents and they take things to heart. (I am speaking young in both years and experience) I do not want to see them discouraged because they got the wrong information here and had a fish loss.
No a betta cannot go into the tank with the guppies. One species or the other will attack the other. Guppies have been known to be fin nippers and will cause the betta trouble even if you have a really good betta who decides to leave everyone live in peace around him. Most bettas however, will attack the guppies as if they were fellow bettas (or any other fish with long fins).