Keeping Wild Bettas With Betta Splendens In Community Tank?

Janice C

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Has anyone tried keeping wild bettas with our domesticated ones? I have a 55 gallon and I'm wondering whether it's possible to do that, and if so with which types of wilds?
 

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I have not done so nor have I heard others trying this, but I do not believe this to be a good idea. The splendens are territorial and would likely see any other Betta as invading its territory. Similar as to why you don’t want to keep GouramI and Betta together. There’s also the issue that Bettas can cross so if you were to get two males they would see each other as competition or a male and female and they would likely improperly breed/kill one another. Two females would be unlikely to be better. Wild species also have different care requirements, typically that of being the only species.

Perhaps a few other species might work together, but I would not try this with splendens.
 

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I currently have a 60 gallon with 7 females and 3 males that work excellent. Mine are all domestic, I’ve never owned wild...
but I can say that most people advise not to house males together and I’ve managed to do it successfully so far... so I’d say, have a backup plan... decide which you’d want to inhabit your main tank and try introducing the other into the tank one by one being sure to watch them closely for a few hours. I find that it’s most successful adding ANY Betta to a tank of Betta if you be sure that they’re either kept in store close enough to other fish that they can see one another, or introduce them yourself first by a divider or something
 

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AbraCadaver said:
I currently have a 60 gallon with 7 females and 3 males that work excellent. Mine are all domestic, I’ve never owned wild...
but I can say that most people advise not to house males together and I’ve managed to do it successfully so far...
omg wow! sorry but could you tell us more about how you keep more than one betta splendens males together?
 

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queenofthehotdogrealm said:
omg wow! sorry but could you tell us more about how you keep more than one betta splendens males together?
Sorry! Been super busy at work.
But yes, the only option I have is to shop at petsmart for my fish, and it’s in the next state over. So what I find helps, is petsmart keeps them on shelves together in clear containers so they can see each other... this, is basically the same thing you do to condition your Betta fish when breeding, so they don’t fight too bad... so I pick the males that don’t flare up at the others and don’t flare when you pick them up... in my opinion, this basically means they’re use to the presence of other males. And you can do this at home if you have a fish that gets a little mean. Take him out and “condition” him. Get him use to the presence of males. Now, there will be an alpha male. You also want females in the tank. Upon introduction they will fight a little bit because the alpha will let the new guy know, hey this is my home. So there may be mild fin nipping. I just watch them, make sure it isn’t a full blown fight instead of a chase. If it’s going to be a fight neither fish will back down and run, so just remove new fish and give him time in a separate tank or vase next to the community. that’s about all I do! Plenty of plants and hiding places helps too
 

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