Can I Add A Betta Fish To My Tank

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  1. Dennis57

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    Hi all, I always wanted to get a Betta fish for my 55 gallon tank. I really dont know much about them, but they really are very pretty.
    As of now I have 8-neon tetras, 2-glofish, 1-gouarmi, 3-guppies, 3-plattys, 3-plattys, 1-black ghost, 3-nerite snails, 2-swordtails.
    I have live plants inside. Temp is around 78-80 all my levels (except PH) are dead on. My PH is 6.0 ( I add ph increaser everyother day like 1tsp but will not go up.
    All my fish are very happy and healthy. 75% water changes every week.
    Fish are fed 1 good pinch a day 6 days a week, Sundays we fast.
    Thanks
     
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    I wouldn't put one with a gourami, they're both labyrinth fish and IMO too closely related to not have any aggression issues
     
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    Thanks, I had a feeling about that. My LFS said that they would get a long just fine because it was a 55 gallon tank
     
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    Gotta love their advice sometimes. Honestly the tank size wouldn't matter much, you could put them in a 6 foot tank and I'd bet money they would still get after each other sometimes.
    It is possible to do with care, but you have a 50/50 shot of it working. So either make sure your LFS has a good return policy, or have a backup tank
     
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    In my experience it still won't work out. Bettas and other anabantids just don't mix - I had a pearl gourami and female betta in a 52.8g. Let's just say he wasn't a fan of her.
    Ahhh change!! I had to do a double take over your pic!
     
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    Thanks all. Yeah the LFS i go to they will tell you what ever they want to make a sale. I guess in the future i will set up another tank for a Betta.
     
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    Its one of those it might work great or be a complete failure. Doesn't seem to be a middle ground. Your temp is on the low side for a betta anyway.
     
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    Lol, it's so people don't recognize me giving them the same advice to the same problem on multiple threads.
    Isn't ~80 good?
     
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    What temp do bettas need? So when i do set up a new tank i will know
     
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    78-82 yes. On op's profile tank is 76.
     
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    Oh the good ol' profile check, I just went off what he said in the first post
     
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    Ok, Thanks. Going back to the fish in my tank, can I add more if I wanted to?
     
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    I actually just reread the fish, by black ghost you mean knife fish? Do you have future plans for that guy?
     
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    And I missed it in the original post. Lol. If you want to add I would up the number of glofish. They are a schooling fish after all.
     
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    Yes its a black ghost knifefish, Future Plans?? not really sure what you mean, My grandson picked him out when we went to the LFS, and yes I was told that they get about 3-4" long, (another lie) Yes i was thinking about getting like 4 more glo fish. Thanks
     
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    It would benefit from a larger tank in the future is what I think he means, good on you for filling out the school
     
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    I probably should have been more clear. As said they get really big and need big tanks.
     
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    I read that they can get as big as 2'?? Yes I will be getting a larger tank in the future, i would say like 100-150 gallon, ( just need to convince the wife)
     
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    Its easier to ask for forgiveness then it is permission.
     
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