Mixing Bettas Together

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I was wondering if mixing two species of wild bettas in the same aquarium would be possible. I currently own a pair of crescent bettas in a 10 gallon and would like to know if other species could live in the same tank.
 

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I personally find that bettas in general should be kept separately or at least with a divider between them. That being said I wouldn't add any more fish of any kind into the 10g.
 
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Salem said:
I personally find that bettas in general should be kept separately or at least with a divider between them. That being said I wouldn't add any more fish of any kind into the 10g.
I'm not talking about domestic Betta splendens.
 

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I guess its possible its just that most people don't mix them.
 
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david1978 said:
I guess its possible its just that most people don't mix them.
Yeah. I got interested when I saw some people keeping multiple species of bettas in the same tank and was just wondering if it's a good idea.
 

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I know you meant wild ones- in my experience even wild ones should not be kept together because it stresses them out. 10 gallon is enough for 2 bettas but no more. Theyre from rice paddies that go on for miles, theyre super active fish, they are territorial-- they need space.
 

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A lot of wild betta species aren't actually that aggressive, and some actually prefer being in groups.

In saying, I wouldnt mix species since the possibility of hybridization... which, should be avoided.
 

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If you willing to give it a try just be sure to have a back up plan to rehome or separate tanks or even a divider if things go wrong.
 
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aussieJJDude said:
A lot of wild betta species aren't actually that aggressive, and some actually prefer being in groups.

In saying, I wouldnt mix species since the possibility of hybridization... which, should be avoided.
I'm not trying to breed bettas, I just want to have a community of wild bettas living together.
 

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Crispii said:
I'm not trying to breed bettas, I just want to have a community of wild bettas living together.
Hence, saying there’s a possibility. I’ve seen one before and I believe he only kept females. They were in a 20 long with a bunch of almond leaves. Only aggression was during feeding time.
 
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Moxri said:
Hence, saying there’s a possibility. I’ve seen one before and I believe he only kept females. They were in a 20 long with a bunch of almond leaves. Only aggression was during feeding time.
Tbh, I never seen any bubble nest coming from my male and yet he is housed with a female. The thing is that he would sometimes chase her despite no bubble nest.
 

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Tbh, I never seen any bubble nest coming from my male and yet he is housed with a female. The thing is that he would sometimes chase her despite no bubble nest.
Some breeds of the wild type are mouth brooders. Do you know which one you’re getting?
 
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Moxri said:
Some breeds of the wild type are mouth brooders. Do you know which one you’re getting?
Not yet, but I have a pair of B. imbellis. I really like B. smargadina and B. mahachaiensis.
 

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Not yet, but I have a pair of B. imbellis. I really like B. smargadina and B. mahachaiensis.
Same. I’ve been looking for the b mahachaI copper for the longest time.

I was able to keep a harem of betta rubra before but I barely saw them because they hid in the almond leaves all the time. I remember that I had 4 originally but when I sold them I pulled out about 7 or 8.

They were kept in a 20 gallon long tank in a corner of my room without much traffic. I think my mistake was that I kept them secluded so much that when someone comes near the tank they all hide. I would only be able to watch them from the other room.
 

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Crispii said:
Tbh, I never seen any bubble nest coming from my male and yet he is housed with a female. The thing is that he would sometimes chase her despite no bubble nest.
I really don't mean to be pushy but this is literally a sign of stress and aggression.
 

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