Dither Fish With Betta? Question

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by scotty b, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. scotty bWell Known MemberMember

    i fave a lone betta in a 18 gallon (had him for a week or so) and he is skiddish and spooks easy :confused:, he spends alot of hidden in floating plants would it help to add ditcher fish of some type?
  2. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I don't know that a betta needs a dither fish - not something I've heard. However, the tank is certainly large enough to try some tankmates - might get the fish out and about more.

    However, you haven't had the fish long, and that is a bigger tank that it's probably used to....so you ought to wait and give the fish more time to adjust before making any decisions.

  3. JessiNoel21Well Known MemberMember

    +1 Jaysee

  4. scotty bWell Known MemberMember

    i think its odd hes hiding and skiddish, he dosent have stress stripes his colors are a we bit dull perhaps he just needs to settle in ? what type of ditcher fish may work put?

  5. kinezumi89Fishlore VIPMember

    First of all, it's "dither" not "ditcher" :p Secondly, listen to what Jaysee said. You just put him in the tank, and that's really pretty big for a betta. Give him time to settle in. You can't put him through a stressful move and expect him to act like himself right away. I would wait at least two weeks before making any decisions. I've never heard of anyone NEEDING to put dither fish with a betta; obviously most people recommend keeping them by themselves anyway.
  6. scotty bWell Known MemberMember

    ;:barfhe was looking fine yesterday today i looked in and he has a wicked bad case of fungus i added some salts but he dosent look long for this earth
  7. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Sorry to hear he has fungus.
    Bettas and dither fish both occupy primarily the top 1/3 of the tank. Bettas don't do well with fish in their territory.
    If you get something a fish for the bottom might be tolerated. I wouldn't get anything until the fungus is gone.
  8. scotty bWell Known MemberMember

    i dont expect he will last the night
  9. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Columnaris can kill that quick, and can look like fungus if I'm not mistaken.
  10. scotty bWell Known MemberMember

    if he dies should i nuke the tank he is in or leave it cycled and running? im correct in thinking snails cant get Columnaris,yes?
  11. scotty bWell Known MemberMember

    as i suspected he did not make it :'(
  12. EiennaFishlore VIPMember

    Do you have other fish in the tank?

    I would break the tank down, clean it, and re-cycle it before putting any new fish in it; I believe the antibiotics required to treat columnaris would kill your BB anyway.

    This is not your year, huh? :'(
  13. scotty bWell Known MemberMember

    i have snails and plants in the tank but no fish, would the sickness die off with no fish to infect? or will it live on in he water
  14. EiennaFishlore VIPMember

    I'm not sure. I do know it's highly contagious, though.
  15. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    I'm so sorry for your loss :(

    I'd sterilize everything.
  16. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Sorry for your loss :(
  17. scotty bWell Known MemberMember

    It was very sad, if i let the tank sit for a few weeks will the water be safe? i dont want to move my inverts around
  18. AlexAlexWell Known MemberMember

    Bettas can only be housed with specific types of fishes. IMO, and I have one in the same setup, Neon Tetras and Oto Catfish are an excellent match.

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