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MelloYello

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I felt the need to share my success with this.

I have had my male betta, Sully, and My female betta, Celia Mae, in the same 30 gallon well-planted tank for the last 3 days and I have observed some awesome behaviors from the two.

Before I start talking about this, PLEASE don't just shove any two bettas in a tank together, I worked really hard to get this to work.

First, How did I do it?
I have got a very docile male that seems to have no care in the world when it comes to other fish or his reflection. I have not seen him flare once...
Then I got a female from my friend who keeps female betta sororities. Celia Mae, My female, was being beaten up on a regular basis and had no interest in fighting the other fish. I had another tank on stand by for her but I decided it would not hurt to try her out in the 30 gallons.
The Introduction: Both of the fish were introduced to the tank at the same time, my male had been in the tank before.. but I had never observed any territorial acts against other community fish before. However, just to be safe I removed him for 2 days and returned him at the same time as my female. I then observed them after the release to ensure no fights would break out... I observed no fights.

Here are the things I have observed

They share territory
I have noticed that both of them seem to protect and hang out in the exact same spot in the tank. See picture
(my phone charger is lost I will add pics soon!)
This spot in the tank is pretty dense with plants and driftwood. They will flare at other fish coming into their territory.

There is no aggression between the two
I have noticed no aggression towards one another, they stay withing a 5-inch radius of each other at all times, however, act like as if they do not care that the other exists. They often can be found laying around touching each other, either laying on top of or next to. My male has never flared at her nor has she flared at him.

Neither of them appear to want to breed
Despite having a part in the tank near the surface where there is no current (due to a blockade that I made for em) as well as having an almond leaf in there, neither of them have even considered going into the area. The lack of flaring towards each other makes me believe that the concept of courting has not really occurred.

I will keep this forum updated and I will continue to try to post photos of them as time goes on to show what all is going on between them. Thank you very much for reading! If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will get around to answering them as soon as possible.
 

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I think its wonderful. Maybe as they age the less territorial they become.
 

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I think its wonderful. Maybe as they age the less territorial they become.
Its possible that is true. The male was adopted and I have had him in my possession for 6 months (he had an owner previous to me).... but Im not too sure how old he is. But the female is just 7 months old (exactly)
 

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It all depends on personality rather than age

Although many times older bettas 3+ may get slower as they reach their ends.
 

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That's rather interesting! Glad you got pretty docile bettas
 

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Ooh that would be cool. I always loved seeing fish snuggle it's so funny. My dojo loaches always snuggle.
 
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