Set Up For Two Betta? Question

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by ajoyfulbettta, Jun 16, 2018.

  1. ajoyfulbettta

    ajoyfulbetttaValued MemberMember

    i posted early about this a little bit in my lots of questions, but i decided to make a new topic just for this.

    so i want two betta, basically. i have a 10 gallon, but i was planning on making this a community tank, and i already bought the stand, and it came with a filter, and lid, which i cant use for a divided tank, sine i am going to do two sponge filters, and a diy top, with cutouts where i want, and i was adding my own leds

    i also wanted to keep the two betta on my desk, i don't know if it would be too heavy to do a 10g, so i was thinking 5.5g divided, some said it wasn't a good idea, some said it was fine. i was thinking about getting two 2.5, but those can't really cycle and i like the look of one. i'm so confused about what to do. i would like a community tank, and love betta tank. would a desk be able to support a 10g? would a 5.5g divided be fine? here's my 10g i have rn for a community.
  2. Raizinhell

    RaizinhellValued MemberMember

    The easiest way is to simply buy a 10 gallon stand and never worry if your table might break. You just never know and its better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Jessica Lawson

    Jessica LawsonNew MemberMember

    You could do one betta in that 10 with a few other fish with it. If you went this route don't do any fish that could look like another betta as this will cause more aggression. 6 or more neon tetras would be an option. I don't recommend a 2.5 for bettas, in my experience they thrive a lot more in at least a 5. You could also look into doing a betta sorority with at least 7 female bettas (not sure if a 10 would be big enough, I suck at determining how many fish can go in a tank)

  4. wrs2

    wrs2Well Known MemberMember

    You need at least a 20 gallons for a sorority, so that wouldn't work in a 10.
    One betta + some nano schooling fish would work.
    Or something else like endlers would be good too.
  5. Jessica Lawson

    Jessica LawsonNew MemberMember

    I thought they required more! Thanks!
  6. david1978

    david1978Fishlore VIPMember

    A 10 gallon tank with everything weighs about 100 pounds. If you can sit on the desk it will hold the tank.
  7. OP

    ajoyfulbetttaValued MemberMember

    perfect example!! thank you! i will try it out
  8. Zoomo

    ZoomoWell Known MemberMember

    I have 2 of the below. Easist maintenance ever. I did buy stronger pumps and put in sponges for air bubbles but I love these tanks. I'd like more room per betta but that was all I could find predivided, and the dividers do not move so no chance of killing one another.


    I tried putting my most active male betta into my 40G tank with snails and just corys. I watched him for a solid hour. He hated it. He hid under the driftwod, never came out and wanted back in his divided tank.
  9. OP

    ajoyfulbetttaValued MemberMember

    that looks awesome! thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. i'll let you know what i decide within the week!
  10. penguin02

    penguin02Well Known MemberMember

    You can do a sorority in a 10g. I was afraid of doing it because of all the controversy, but there’s been little to no aggression. I’m going to up my females from 5 to 7. I also have a guppy and two endlers in the tank.
  11. Discus-Tang

    Discus-TangWell Known MemberMember

    You can't do a sorority in a 10. There is not enough space for that many bettas.
  12. BReefer97

    BReefer97Well Known MemberMember

    To do a sorority successfully you need 6-8 female betta fish in a 20 gallon minimum tank. I also wouldn’t do a community tank in anything less than a 20 gallon as well. Betta fish are aggressive and territorial, there isn’t enough space in a 10 gallon to break lines of sight or to hide when there’s bullying. The only reliable stocking for a 10 gallon tank would be one betta fish and some shrimp/snails. You can divide it in to two 5 gallons and keep one betta fish on each side but nothing else (no shrimp or snails either).
  13. penguin02

    penguin02Well Known MemberMember

    Not trying to spark argument, but I’m speaking from experience when I say a 10g sorority can work. Sure, they might show aggression eventually, but that’s the reality with any sorority.

    My tank is filled with fake and live plants, as well as spiderwood and rocks. Unless they are in the open swimming area I left in the middle they cannot see the other bettas in the tank.

    In the event of aggression I can separate them into cups and reintroduce them. And if that still doesn’t work, I can rehome them, as with ANY sorority. I’ve never seen aggression, so I don’t have any evidence that a 10g sorority CAN’T work, besides horror stories from other fishkeepers. And there are just as many horror stories for bigger sororities.

    There are some instances where you have to listen to others, such as keeping male bettas together. But with something as controversial as a 10g sorority, you’ll never know until you try it.
  14. wrs2

    wrs2Well Known MemberMember

    Perhaps it just depends on the bettas. As I’ve always kept a betta in my community tanks, even those smaller than 20 and have never had any issues. And I’ve been keeping fish for 15 years. But I always check them in the store to see if they are aggressive (hold their cups up to others and see if they flare) before getting them!
  15. Iverg1

    Iverg1Well Known MemberMember

    Sadly you can't add neon tetras with bettas as they need different temperature ranges bettas prefer 80-82 degree water neon tetras prefer 70-79
  16. Jessica Lawson

    Jessica LawsonNew MemberMember

    Forgot about temperature differences! Thanks!!

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