Lovey Bettas?

  1. Nicoldeme

    Nicoldeme Valued Member Member

    So I was at Walmart today and I went over to the fish section (I know, bad idea, but I couldn't help it!) While I was there, I checked out the fish, was horrified by their care as usual, saw a few rotting ones, sick ones, wounded, etc. Y'all know how that goes. Then I see the bettas. There's only two left. Immediately I see the dead crowntail male, with sickly yellow water and bits of him just floating about. He had to have been dead for at least a week.
    Next to him is a female. Her water is relatively clean, but there's only maybe an inch of it. Shes surprisingly healthy and responsive, but she did have stripes (and not the good kind!)
    She was a beautiful fish, and I annoyed my mother to death to let me get her, but to avail. Here's what I wanted to ask. Can you keep a male a female together? I have a ten gallon that I may be able to hopefully upgrade to a twenty in the next few months. I didn't get the female now, but I was just wondering (for whatever the future may hold...) if it's possible? The Betta in the ten is a male crowntail, Chili Dew, and he's really chill, as his name almost states. At one point my other male Betta, Royal, was in the tank with him (long story) and while Royal was freaking out, Chili just strolled about.
    They flared a bit, Royal chased him, but Chili never fought back. I only observed this behavior as I frantically looked for a net and separated them again, but honestly Chili seemed really relaxed. Is it possible to get him a girlfriend?
     
  2. AnonymousCatfish

    AnonymousCatfish Valued Member Member

    Sorry but I don't know...
    From what I have read it seems best to keep them apart but maybe male to female is okay...
    Sorry :)
     
  3. LJC6780

    LJC6780 Well Known Member Member

    Only for mating then they need to be separated. Unfortunately they are pretty much a stand alone fish.

    You could always divide your tank though. (For males)
     
  4. Flowingfins

    Flowingfins Fishlore VIP Member

    Please don't keep males and females together. Bettas are solitary fish, which if they were to breed could be disastrous. The breeding process is extremely brutal, especially for the female. Ripped fins are going to happen. What to do with the babies is another story, each needs to be in its own jar with daily water changes, not something you want to do with 500(I'm not exaggerating) bettas. I've had bettas I thought were peaceful go from nice to a complete monster in the spawn tank, bettas are unpredictable like that. I don't even recommend keeping a male and female in a divided tank, it will most likely result in the female getting g eggy, either her or the male jumping the divider, and spawning. Or them getting stressed that they can't get to each other.
    Short answer is no, sorry for my ramblings, I probably should have gone to bed when. I was supposed to.
     
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    Nicoldeme

    Nicoldeme Valued Member Member

    I know what you mean, I made this post at 2am last night! I wasn't planning on keeping them together, I know it probably wouldn't work out anyway, I was just seeing what other people had to say. I jsut like getting a clear yes or no, so thank you for your help! If I ever do a female, I could keep her in the 10gal (Or maybe it'll be a 20gal by then!) and divide the males in a 2.5, or I may keep the 10 set up and put one in there...
    I'm not sure, we'll just have to see what happens! If I do get a female though, I'll be sure to tell you guys! :D
     
  6. LJC6780

    LJC6780 Well Known Member Member

    It would be better for the fish if you divided the larger tank than the smallest.
     
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    Nicoldeme

    Nicoldeme Valued Member Member

    Yeah, but in all honesty, there's very little chance I'll actually get another betta. If I do, I'll do my best. If I don't, I'll have more time to focus on the fish I already. Any fish I plan on getting will have tanks ready for them, I only made this thread to see if there space-saving ways I could house a betta, in case I spontaneously buy one. Possibilities are low though. Thank you guys for your help! :)