LFS questions

  1. DebsR Member Member

    So today i went to my lfs to pick up my new dwarf gourami who are amazing by the way :-D anyway, whilst i was there i noticed they keep bettas in with a lot of their other smaller fish...tetras, small loaches etc and I was just wondering why, I mean they have been so good and i was always so happy to have a good lfs close by, they always ask peoples tank sizes, set up, filtration, water levels etc before making a sale, it really confused me. I was sure you shouldnt keep bettas with other fish, is it just because they are temporary homes? They have fighting fish in separate 2 gallon tanks, just not bettas though only ever 1 betta with schools of other fish. Is this usual or do i need to find a new fish shop!
     
  2. tokiodreamy Well Known Member Member

    Some bettas have quite a peaceful temperament. Sometimes they can be with other fish but I never suggest it. Esp because of the warm water they like and their long fins are targets for nipping.

    I've heard of people keeping female betta sororities. 3+ females in 20+ gallons.

    Depending on how fast they move them out the door its probably because its a temporary thing. Why not ask them and see what their answer is? I'd be interested to know what they say
     

  3. DebsR Member Member

    Yeah i will ask next time im there. The usual lady i hound with questions wasnt there.
     

  4. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    Well they do that because either they don't have enough cups or just want to. I have a sorority so it's normal for me:)
     

  5. maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    They may feel it's more humane if their turnover is rapid enough to prevent mass fish kills or bullying. My local lfs puts all their female bettas in one tank and accepts the losses if they get unruly as part of their shrink. It's just how they roll.
     
  6. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    I watch my females and put the ones that get to rough in timeout.
     
  7. Jim Well Known Member Member

    I actually saw a LFS keep 12 males in a 55 and there was no fin damage. I swear they were drugged. Watched for 5 minutes, nothing but peace.
     
  8. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    We're their any hiding spots?
     
  9. superbutterfly12 Well Known Member Member

    My lfs has some in their plant tanks. So if you have a 200 gallon tank and want to you can put a few male bettas in if you really pack the plants in. I'd guess they has a mixed community of bottom dwellers with 3 ir so bettas scattered in there. They also put a lot of females together in one of their tanks.
     
  10. Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes you can. I would do 2 males and the rest females. I would play on the safe side if I had that big of a tank.
     
  11. Demontay1 Well Known Member Member

    I would have loved to see the peace as that would have been a remarkable sight

    But I would absolutely never recommend doing that

    To answer the question a lot of bettas have a rather peaceful attitude I have always kept one until recently because my nephews have a nasty habit of slipping them food and killing them this not being human food. Always having them in a community tank they will do fine its jot recommended as any day they can turn into the most evil fish alive

    So they probably have the fish in the tanks one quick turnover too more humane and three probably observed them and have assured them to be peaceful keeping the more aggressive one in the horrible little jars u always see them in