What to do with my new Betta??

ecnaj143

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My wife bought me a new Betta on saturday, for my 10gal. So I was acclimating him, all the fish were acting cool. Then when I put him in, he was harrassing ALL my other fishies. :'( So I took him out and put him in a small bowl til I can find out what to do with him, I don't want to, but I might have to take him back to the pet store. Anyone know what I could do?? (I don't have the money for another tank, so thats kinda out of the question)

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What types of fishare in the 10g? For the time being try and keep him in a 1g contatiner with lots of surface space so he can breath. You should be doing daily waterchanges also.


If he is a older betta then i would not put him in the 10g tank with other fish. but if he is younger then you may get way with it depending on his attitiude.
 
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There are 6neons 2 cherry barbs and 1 female guppy with 1 platy(had it since I got the 10gal). The betta started harrassing ALL of them. They did nothing to him. Maybe he's just a jerk.(No harm ment.)
 

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Bettas are notorious for not getting along with many others, most especially guppies. If you can't get another proper tank for him, I'd take him back.
 

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Every one of those types of fish are incompatible with bettas so this is not going to work, and don't put him in a one gallon tank. We are trying to educate the public here that Bettas Do Not Belong in the torture chambers that the fish industry says they can "fit into". A Betta needs room to live in and the recommended minimum tank for a Betta is a 5 gallon. Small tanks are very tempramental and easy to have a disaster with.

While I abhor the idea of taking a Betta back to the petstore, he is not going to get along in the 10 gallong tank. There is no way. The Barbs and Neons will eventually make his fins shreds and the Platy will be bullied by the Betta. And the guppy is not only going to be a fin nipper but going to be bullied as well.

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I don't like taking him back either, but, when you have little money, you kinda have no choice, but I might see if a friend or work mate might have or be getting a tank. Does anyone know if Betta's can be acclimated to saltwater like Platies can??
 

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ecnaj143 said:
I don't like taking him back either, but, when you have little money, you kinda have no choice, but I might see if a friend or work mate might have or be getting a tank. Does anyone know if Betta's can be acclimated to saltwater like Platies can??
Nope, no saltwater for Bettas. They are labyrinth fish and breathe through an organ on the top of their heads and it would be damaged in the concentration of salt water needed to qualify for a salt tank. Sorry.

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its horrible yes but i would take him back to ur lps or give him to a friend who will take good care of him...
 

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Sorry to hear that this happened. This is a sad reminder of why you shouldn't get surprise pet gifts for people. Your wife was obviously trying to be thoughtful, and maybe people at the pet store said there would be no problem...but it was obviously a not the best idea.

I do have to say that you never know, and that bettas will often chase other fish to establish dominance but aren't serious fin nippers. But the problems Rose stated are ones that are likely, unfortunately, and so I would not want to take the risk myself.

Taking him back might be the best thing for him. But you could always ask around and find out if anyone wants one. You never know.
 
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