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I'm looking into getting a 10-gallon aquarium that comes complete with hood and light, filter, and heater. Looking around at the selection of fish, I noticed the female bettas and was quite surprised. From all I had heard in the past, the females are supposed to be very plain and dull-looking, but the ones I saw were quite pretty! So, of course, I must have them. I understand that I will have to cycle the tank first (unless anyone believes that female bettas could survive that? As much as I want them now, I understand the need to be... humane, at least. ). I've searched through this forum and can't find a crystal-clear answer, so... does anyone have any suggestions on agreeable tank mates (I must say, I am partial to pretty, colorful fish...) or any advice concerning the bettas? Would male guppies look too similar to male bettas for the females? Thanks in advance!!