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Keeping Multiple Male Bettas Myth

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by AbraCadaver, Mar 24, 2019.


Housing male Bettas together?

Poll closed Apr 21, 2019.
  1. Yes

    0 vote(s)
  2. No

  3. Depends

  1. AbraCadaverValued MemberMember

    So, I think that whole thing about not housing Betta fish together is a myth. I have 2 males and 6 females in a community tank with other fish and they all do just fine.
  2. KoiBettasValued MemberMember

    How many gallons?

  3. AbraCadaverValued MemberMember

    Right now I have them in a 10 gallon, because I’m doing some work on my 60 gallon. I will say that not all male Betta are easy going, so I’ve found it to be most successful when you find a place that’s had male Betta housed next to each other for a week or two in separate containers but where they can see one another.

  4. KoiBettasValued MemberMember

    Males shouldn't be kept together at all especially in a 10 gallon. A 10 gal is even too small for a female sorrority

  5. AbraCadaverValued MemberMember

    This is my favorite male.

    Well, mine are doing fine. So I disagree. And like I said, 60 gallon is undergoing some changes so the 10 gallon is temporary. :) but people say “oh they shouldn’t” but I do, successfully, with perfect water.

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  6. AquilistWell Known MemberMember

    Remove them now! It's only a matter of time before something bad goes wrong. The only person I know who has successfully done this was in a 70 gallon heavily planted tank
    I think it was @david1978 ??
    But in a ten gallon that doesn't look heavily planted - NO!

    Edit: Sorry, 75 gallons, not 70.
  7. RepolieWell Known MemberMember

    Multiple male bettas can be housed together if they have enough space to claim their own territories. @david1978 has done it with a betta harem tank. I would agree that a 10 gallon is too small to house them together, even if it's temporarily. Best to keep them separate until you move them to the 60 gallon.
  8. AquilistWell Known MemberMember

    Also, question - why did you even consider trying this? In a small tank? Why risk it?
  9. AbraCadaverValued MemberMember

    I have about 20-25 plants and rocks in my tank, and why would I move fish that are doing fine? That’s just silly. They’ll be put back in the 60 gallon in 1-2 days anyway. But seriously they’re fine, you even see any fin damage? Lol.

    But why? They get along just fine, so what exactly is the risk? Lol.
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  10. WicketteValued MemberMember

    In a heavily planted 4ft tank... maybe. A 10 gallon is just cruel.
  11. AquilistWell Known MemberMember

    Even if they're not attacking, the stress itself is cruel.
    You can say "They're fine!" and "Lol" as much as you want, it makes no difference. In the wild, a betta population is dispersed roughly 1m squared per betta. 1.25 gallons per betta is cruel. No amount of conflict, or lack of, will change that.
  12. NappersValued MemberMember

    I'd have to take the AbraCadaver's word for it, she has the fish and knows them better than anyone else so thanks for the information. I wouldn't keep that much stock in a 10g for more than a few hours and agree it's asking for trouble. I do love the idea of having two males in a sorority tho.
    It sounds like this was an intentional project with some issues along the way, what issues have you had and do you have more advice for anyone that might like to try?
    I know their's plenty of people that will be happy to shoot this down (with or without personal experience) but it seems neither me or the OP are asking IF it should be done :p...
  13. AbraCadaverValued MemberMember

    These Betta fish aren’t wild, they’re bred in captivity in tanks containing hundreds, even thousands of Betta at a time. I suggest you watch some YouTube videos on how they’re housed before they’re imported to America. I don’t keep wild Betta fish.

    Honestly, the only issue has been my substrate. I decided to change to sand for my peacock eels. I have sponge filters that are cycled in my 60, so that’s all fine. But the sand is purchased from online has left this milky looking dust and stuck to the side of my tank, plants, and it’s literally everywhere. So I went to my local landscaping flower nursery and got about 30lbs of sand for free that’s much better. I was just cleaning out that nasty sand and cleaning my new sand in some buckets, it’s been added, turned my heater back on last night and added some new plants. The Betta go in the 60 gallon today :)
    I also have other male Betta in their own 10 gallon tanks, because they don’t play well with others. So that’s their permanent home. But yeah, no issues really aside from my substrate. So my advice is, never buy CaribSea sand. It’s nasty in my opinion.

    So clearly people aren’t reading that they go in a 60 gallon, that the 10 gallon tank is like a 24 hour temporary issue due to a nasty substrate mess. I’m just clearing the air that it is possible to house male Betta together.
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  14. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    It is but even after doing it successfully for a little over 3 years I'm still not sure how I feel about it.
  15. FeohwWell Known MemberMember

    That's the thing though, some wild type betta are fine in the same tank together (usually a male and female I believe). Betta splendens on the other hand were originally bred to fight for sport, thus the name Siamese Fighting Fish. When bettas are being raised they are younger and much less aggressive. If you actually go and watch videos of people that breed bettas, you would know that eventually males and some females have to get picked out of the groups and housed on their own when they begin to mature and get more aggressive.

    For now your fish may be fine, but for all you know it could be the calm before the storm. Since they are going to a 60 gallon tank in a short while, I have hope they won't build up to aggression. But even just the fact that you decided to take the risk of adding 2 males and 6 females into a 10 gallon, even temporarily, makes me worry about those fish. You had no idea they wouldn't rip each other to shreds in that tank and they still could. Keep an eye on them.....
  16. NappersValued MemberMember

    Lol, obviously not that bad!
    There's often quite a difference between what I'd advise and what I'd do.
    I have a Betta in a small community with neocardinia shrimp and advocate that its quite possible but I wouldn't advise it :)

    Yea there's plenty of options and probably best pushing the boundaries with territorial species that are a bit nippy but aren't likely to rip eachother to shreds in minuits.
    What do you reckon tho, shall I drop another male in my 5gal:eek:
  17. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    It was supposed to be girls only but a few turned out to be male. Mine was more accidental then on purpose. It wouldn't be something I would of tried on purpose.
  18. NappersValued MemberMember

    Must be nice to check on them and see everyone's still in one piece
  19. CandyCane701Well Known MemberMember

    I've kept 2 males in a 75 together. They were fine, but it didn't last because of the other tank mates bothering them. I've also seen several 10 gallon tanks with 2 males. Sometimes it works out from the get go, and sometimes they'd have to rehouse 1 or 2 bettas before they had a peaceful match. It can definitely be done, and it has been done in many situations. I would never recommend it to someone though. I can't remember her screen name, but there was a lady that had like a 55 gallon tank successfully filled with male bettas. She got a lot of grief for it, but it was really amazing.
  20. AquilistWell Known MemberMember

    Doesn't matter if they're wild or not, they still require similar conditions. Although, having betta splendens together is far worse than wild bettas. They were specifically bred to kill and fight with each other. As fry and youngsters, they're housed together, sure. I suspect that comes from the instinct of safety with numbers. But as soon as they get old enough, they DO become very territorial and violent. Hence why they are separated with age.
    I suggest you watch some YouTube videos on how they're housed before they're imported anywhere.