Bettas And Penguin Tetras?

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Will J. said:
I was wondering if I could keep bettas and penguin tetras, will they nip my bettas fins?
Tetras are a known fin nipper. If your betta is a halfmoon or has a lot of finage, that puts the betta at a greater risk. Plakats still possible a risk but they would be less tempting than a half Moon because they have less finage. I wouldn't risk it but if you really want to, at least make sure to have a lot of hiding places and make sure the tank is a bigger tank, 10 gallons +
 
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BettaNation said:
Tetras are a known fin nipper. If your betta is a halfmoon or has a lot of finage, that puts the betta at a greater risk. Plakats still possible a risk but they would be less tempting than a half Moon because they have less finage. I wouldn't risk it but if you really want to, at least make sure to have a lot of hiding places and make sure the tank is a bigger tank, 10 gallons +
I have 14 days to take either fish back, so I will see if the tetras nip and if not I wont do anything. Also which fish should I add first the Tetras or the Betta?
 

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Hi Unfortunately your tank is not large enough for penguin tetras.
They need at least a 20 gallon.
 
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Hi Unfortunately your tank is not large enough for penguin tetras.
They need at least a 20 gallon.
I have 14 days to take either fish back, so I will see if they are doing fin. Also which fish should I add first the Tetras or the Betta?
 

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w_johnson07 said:
I have 14 days to take either fish back, so I will see if they are doing fin. Also which fish should I add first the Tetras or the Betta?
Add the betta first so he knows the layout of the tank then add the tetras
 

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I wouldn’t recommend it. A 6 gallon would be great for a betta and a nerite snail but I wouldn’t add anything else to it. If you want a community tank with a betta then you need a minimum of 20 gallons
 
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Milliemae124 said:
I wouldn’t recommend it. A 6 gallon would be great for a betta and a nerite snail but I wouldn’t add anything else to it. If you want a community tank with a betta then you need a minimum of 20 gallons
Okay, I have added them and they seem fine (although they have only been in there for ten minutes) why would you not recommend it? I have seen many people with neons in a 5 gal. with a betta.
 

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w_johnson07 said:
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Okay, I have added them and they seem fine (although they have only been in there for ten minutes) why would you not recommend it? I have seen many people with neons in a 5 gal. with a betta.
All Bettas are different, I recommend a 20 gallon or more because if the betta is in a grumpy mood then the other fish have room to escape. Your tank is also too small for penguin tetras, they need a minimum of 20 gallons
 

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w_johnson07 said:
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Okay, I have added them and they seem fine (although they have only been in there for ten minutes) why would you not recommend it? I have seen many people with neons in a 5 gal. with a betta.
Nobody should have neon tetra and a betta together. Simply because they are not temperature compatible.... also because tetra require 20+ gallons, they are very active fish. Bettas are also very aggressive, in a 6g he could get very aggressive and kill them all. Even if they've been together for some times he may just be bothered by them one day and kill them. I would DEFINITELY take them back.
 

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The tetras should be in a bigger group in a bigger tank, so I'd take them back as well. They're not fine, they're very likely stressed
 
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TexasDomer said:
The tetras should be in a bigger group in a bigger tank, so I'd take them back as well. They're not fine, they're very likely stressed
The store I got them from had at least 15 of them in a 10 gallon tank and they all seemed perfectly fine
 

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w_johnson07 said:
The store I got them from had at least 15 of them in a 10 gallon tank and they all seemed perfectly fine
Most pet stores keep the fish in small tanks but it is only temporary so it doesn’t matter too much
 
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Milliemae124 said:
Most pet stores keep the fish in small tanks but it is only temporary so it doesn’t matter too much
If I did take them back would I still be able to get maybe neons
 

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No. Neons also need a bigger tank and a bigger group. They're also not temperature compatible with bettas.

No fish with the betta in the 6 gallon.
 
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TexasDomer said:
No. Neons also need a bigger tank and a bigger group. They're also not temperature compatible with bettas.

No fish with the betta in the 6 gallon.
What would happen if I kept the tetras (just wondering)
 

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Either the betta or the tetras would probably die. One would attack the other eventually....just my thoughts.
 
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