What To Put With Betta?

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i have a newly setup tank I want to put a betta sorority in after I cycle it. but I wanted to know what would work with a sorority of Betta? It’s a 20gal normal also, how many betta could go in there with other fish?
 

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5-6 females and nothing else but snails and maybe shrimp if it’s super heavily planted.
Also I’m pretty sure you need 20g long minimum but I’m not sure how much of a difference that makes so I would wait for someone with more experience and do more research.
 

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Depends on the betta. If it is an alpha type male it may kill anything it sees. If it is not an alpha it may be fine. As a test I would recommend getting 1 otoniclus and if the betta tries to harm it, remove the oto and know that your betta is an aggressive type.
 

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CloudTheFluffy said:
5-6 females and nothing else but snails and maybe shrimp if it’s super heavily planted.
Also I’m pretty sure you need 20g long minimum but I’m not sure how much of a difference that makes so I would wait for someone with more experience and do more research.
I haven't started mine yet but you need at least 5 females but i would go with 7. Odd numbers are the best. Im getting the feeling you may not be ready for one though. Its pretty risky and i never suggest for a beginner to do one! Live plants are better for sorority because it needs to be thickly planted to reduce aggression. I suggest a 20gallon long as a minimum! I have a 20gallon normal tank and i dont think its good enough. A 20long provides more spaces for the females and less aggression during feeding time. Its also better because bettas dont like to swim so far up to get air. I dont think the tank would be fit but what ever thats your choice. Anyways, i would suggest some snails or maybe shrimp since it should be thickly planted. You could also try some slow moving not colorful fish like female guppys to reduce aggression on the girls. Point being please do more research then us, I almost started mine when i was 2months into the hobby. Im so thankful i didnt as i was so not knowledgeable as i im now. Fishlore has helped me so much and reading about more storys on them failing and going well. Make sure you have extra tanks if your females dont work out.
 

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My sorority is a heavily planted 20 long. If you want success, you will need stem and bunch plants like rotalas and hornwort(Best sorority plant). You will also need some other areas to hide in like broad leaved plants(Smaller sword species and anubias) and some driftwood(Not sharp)

For tankmates, it all depends. I would get the bettas first and see how they react to each other. If they are overly aggressive to each other, then remove the aggressive ones until you find that all of the females are docile.

Then, you can get tankmates. Corydoras, kuhli loaches, shrimp, and snails will work for the bottom, but IME, my females eat food off of the bottom so bottom feeders aren't a necessity.

For schooling fish, ember tetras, cardinal tetras, and harlequin rasboras are my favorites.
 

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75g Discus Tank said:
My sorority is a heavily planted 20 long. If you want success, you will need stem and bunch plants like rotalas and hornwort(Best sorority plant). You will also need some other areas to hide in like broad leaved plants(Smaller sword species and anubias) and some driftwood(Not sharp)

For tankmates, it all depends. I would get the bettas first and see how they react to each other. If they are overly aggressive to each other, then remove the aggressive ones until you find that all of the females are docile.

Then, you can get tankmates. Corydoras, kuhli loaches, shrimp, and snails will work for the bottom, but IME, my females eat food off of the bottom so bottom feeders aren't a necessity.

For schooling fish, ember tetras, cardinal tetras, and harlequin rasboras are my favorites.
Someone told me kuhli loachs need to be in groups of 3 and need 30gallons...?
 

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CanadianFishFan said:
Someone told me kuhli loachs need to be in groups of 3 and need 30gallons...?
No, kuhli loaches can fit in a 20 long. Kuhli loaches grow 4 inches, but they are basically ramen noodles that have a low bioload(for their size).

They prefer groups of 6+ and aren't active in the day IME.
 

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75g Discus Tank said:
No, kuhli loaches can fit in a 20 long. Kuhli loaches grow 4 inches, but they are basically ramen noodles that have a low bioload(for their size).

They prefer groups of 6+ and aren't active in the day IME.
they how can these under water danger noodles go with female bettas? Isnt that to many fish in a 20gallon? I have to try this in my community next! I have two DGs (Ik thats not good) 4minnows, 2 guppys and 1 snail! I know whats next after these guys.
 
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Thanks for the advice, I’m going to rethink this, possibly tetras and Kuhli loaches instead?
 
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