Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by Zerologist, Apr 21, 2017.
Hello guys. I would just like to ask if guppies can go with a betta?
Thanks in advance!
Some say it can work, others say nope. Depends on tank size. I personally say no. What size is your tank?
I personally wouldn't do guppys with bettas. For one guppy's can be nippy fish. Also bettas like to go after brightly colored fish with long tails.
If you want a betta tank mate in a small tank (ten gallons and below) I would suggest nerite snails and/or maybe shrimp. It really depends on the betta if those will be okay. If you have a betta in a twenty gallon or bigger I would suggest a group of cory cats.
Okay thanks. I'll go with snails...
White Cloud Mountain Minnows in a bigger tank. I have worked male Bettas into communities in the past, though.
I've seen it done with the wild (non-fancy) guppies and plenty of room in a 20 gallon, but the second they tried a colorful fancy guppy with a long tail the Betta went into full attack mode.
Basically you can't keep Bettas with fish that they could mistake for another Betta and even then it's a gamble.
If the male Betta is as aggressive as mine you can't keep it with anything that moves... lol. He will attack it.
@clk89 made a good point too. Many other fish will nip at the tail of a male Betta so you have to be aware of that as well.
I wouldn't risk it. If you do try it get guppies with shorter fins (not the really fancy ones) and use a tank bigger than 20 gallons.
@MattS99 WCMM need much cooler water than bettas
i have a low aggressive female betta, she's had tank mates before. only reason she doesn't now is cause of an ich outbreak and most of the mates didn't survive the treatment :/ she'd probably be a good candidate for fish tankmates. it all depends on your betta's personality i guess. my halfmoon-dragonscale could never have tankmates outside of snails. he's too aggressive.
2 possible options. based on what i've heard/read and videos i've seen.
1. find out return policy. ideally you'd want to put the guppies in first, so betta hasn't set up territory. but 48hr return policies wouldn't allow for hospital tanking them for diseases. so i'd either float the bag or put them in a cup and see how your betta reacts. if he loses interest then that'd probably be your sign that it might work but if he continues to be aggressive then it's no good. there are other ways to go about this like floating the betta in the hospital tank to see his reaction there.
2. if you just don't want a big empty 10 gallon tank. think about getting a divider and having either the guppies on one side and the betta on the other. can also just get another betta and put on the other side. make sure there's no room for one to jump to the otherside though. you can always give the guppies more room than the betta if you want.
i'm still new myself but these seem like your best chances.
It all depends on your betta. I have a male crowntail that doesn't mind guppies, I keep about 3 guppy fry in his 10 gallon tank to grow out and he leaves them alone. However, these fry get fed to the male crowntail in a 5 gallon. He doesn't like roommates.
One of my female girls chomped on guppy tails so badly I had to move them to their own tank.
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