Reading this section has got me worried

summer

Member
I'm not sure about my Betta now (Chandler Bing).

he's a beautiful crown tail and I've had him for around 3 or 4 months.

he lives in a heavily planted 130lit tank ( 85 x 37 x 49 cm ) with swordtails, neon tetra, 2 sturisoma and 2 ancistrus cat fish

it has caves, bubbles, a rena 2xp external filter, an air stone and bogwood.


reading posts on this forum I'm now worried that he might not be happy

should I move him to my 10 gallon hospital tank to live on his own?

he doesn't seem to mind the other fish, he eats ok, swims up for air ok, hangs about at the bottom next to the air stone, or at the surface under the surface plants, and often entangles himself in the plants

he's never made a bubble nest

I'm worried now in case I've got his environment all wrong
 

Tigerfishy

Member
Welcome! Love his name, I think there's a Joey elsewhere on the forum too!

Keep the 10 gal as a backup tank in case something goes wrong as some bettas are OK in communities, but as you've read, most sadly aren't. You're doing your research, that's very good. Not all bettas make bubble nests but are very happy, they just don't do it. My brother's betta is a happy little chappy, very excitable at feeding time especially (Aren't they all?). We have had him for over 2 months now, he has never made a bubble nest either, it's nothing you should worry about.

Keep a close eye on him, watch for any fish damage, as they can suddenly decide tank mates are not good for them, and if this happens, get him into the 10 gal asap. As long as you are watching them and have that backup, you have a plan if it does go bad at some point.
 

Aquarist

Member
Hello Summer and Welcome to Fish Lore!

These links may help you if you haven't already seen them:

Betta Fish Care Guide


Best wishes!
Ken
 
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summer

Member
lol Ken - I did read some of the threads in those links - that's why I got worried

tigerfishy - is it more likely that Chandler will go for other fish if he's unhappy, or will he sulk in the corner a lot?

different question - if I do have to put him in the 10g, should I put him in on his own? I was thinking of putting the 2 ancistrus in there with him (I want to see if the ancistrus will breed).

this site is great though, so much info, and helpful advice from experienced fish keeprs
 

Aquarist

Member
Good morning Summer,

Personally I would house the betta by himself. Maybe one day he and Monica will find each other and there will be little Bings all over the place!

Ken
 

Tigerfishy

Member
I have a betta - Mars, and he started in a community (I was the same as you!). He sulked and hid away, before becomin lethargic. I immediately divided the tank so he had his own section. He still didn't like this and just stayed 24 hrs on top of his filter. I got him his own tank and now he is a different fish! He is growing his fins for some reason (not going too well as they are not colouring up properly), he blows bubbles constantly and dances all the time, not just meal times!

However, I have a CT in the tank Mars was in, again in his own divided section, and he loves it. He's very happy, dances etc. They are all different, so just keep an eye on it.

He may go for them if he suddenly gets frustrated at having company, he may do it due to stress he feels, there's no set reason why he would do it, but if he's going to do it, he will. You have a back up so just get him in there if he does anything.

You'll probably find he gets more active, nosy, and personable in his own tank though. You'll be surprised how fun they can be by themselves!!

EDIT: at Ken!!! Good one...
 
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summer

Member
ok thanks for the advice - I might try him on his own just to see if his behaviour changes.

btw we already have a monica, but she's a swordtail lol


oooh that begs another question - would a female betta do ok in a community tank?
 

Aquarist

Member
Hello Summer.

I would use the same guide lines for both males and females. It's just too risky (IMO) for Bettas to be housed with tank mates.

Ken

ps....no little Bings then if Monica is a Swordtail.
 

Tigerfishy

Member
aquarist48 said:
no little Bings then if Monica is a Swordtail.
Is it bad that I'm slightly gutted??
 

Aquarist

Member
lol Tiger,

Maybe you could start a new episode where Chandler and Rachel get together? Do you have a Rachel? If not...MM where are you? lol
Ken
 

uprightandlocked

Member
OMG I love Rachel!!! I'd love to see a betta Rachel. How long do you think it would be until my girl started telling me she wanted "the Rachel" look. LOL
 

Tigerfishy

Member
Don't give her any ideas upright, you know what happens when bettas get an idea in their heads... Turn the screen away from her now, NOW!!
 
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summer

Member
ha ha all the swordtails are named after 'friends' characters, but once janice turned into a boy we gave him away, so I have space for a Janice, and she did date chandler, so....
 
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summer

Member
here's a picture of him
 

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lyndra

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Such a pretty boy!!
 

Tigerfishy

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Aw, he's a lovely boy! I think there'll be a Janice around soon...

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! (really bad computer impression of "the laugh")
 

bolivianbaby

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He's beautiful!
 

marina3

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he sure is beautiful!!!
 
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