Introducing Kuhli Loaches To Betta Tank

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  1. SorenFawn

    SorenFawnNew MemberMember

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    I’m planning on setting up a 20 gallon tank with one betta and six kuhli loaches. Should I add the betta first and introduce the kuhli loaches afterwards, or vice versa?
     
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    Usually it's best to introduce the betta after the other fish so the betta hasn't claimed any territory, etc. and attacks the other fish.
     
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    I would add the loaches first, then the betta.
     
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    It shouldn’t matter, as bettas won’t really bother them. As a general rule though, always add bettas to a tank last
     
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    I agree with what everyone has said. I would also like to add on that my bettas never seemed to bother most of my bottom dwelling fish. Starlord (my betta) doesnt even bother with the kuhlis and corys.
     
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    Agree with everyone's comments. The kuhlies would appreciate settling in first, but if you already have the betta, it shouldn't be an issue the other way around. :)

    The only thing I would suggest is to pretty much consider doubling the size of the kuhli school.
     
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    If does kinda depend on the betta. I had a betta that I tried putting into a tank with cories, and suddenly all of my cories lost their tails. But I would think that loaches will be okay.
     
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    I completely agree, there is always that possibility since bettas can have unique personalities. It's like random traits in sims LOL
     
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    Yes and I was really surprised that my betta was going after the Cory's because he seemed so calm when he was in a tank by himself
     
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