Will this tank work out?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Bettaguy17, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. B

    Bettaguy17 Valued Member Member

    Hello all
    Please note: I am posting this on behalf of a friend..

    My friend is wondering if he could add a betta to his tank. its a 12.5 Gallon tank, here are the fish at the moment:

    2 Neon Tetras
    2 Zebra Danios
    2 Platys
    1 Von Rio Tetra
    1 Red Eye Tetra
    1 Silver Dollar
    1 Otto

    Can he add one more betta, please specify yes or no and why..

    Thanks :)
  2. cm11599ps

    cm11599ps Well Known Member Member

    I wouldn't put the betta in because he will get nipped.
  3. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    Imo, no.
    Most bettas don't make good tank mates, especially with nippy fish.
    Danios can be nippy as well as tetras who aren't in proper schools.
    Your friend has a few issues that may cause trouble.

    1) The tank is already overstocked.
    2) Tetras do better in proper schools. (However, there isn't enough room in the tank to fill out the schools).
    3) Otos do better in groups.
    4) Silver dollars get too big for that size tank and also do better in groups.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2010
  4. A

    AlyeskaGirl Fishlore VIP Member

    +1 for Lucy.

    Silver Dollars are a schooling fish and need a minimum of 55g. IMO
  5. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

  6. platy ben

    platy ben Well Known Member Member

    Hmmmm :;dete

    And also, I agree with Lucy, definitly no to a betta.
  7. OP

    Bettaguy17 Valued Member Member

    Ah thank guys and about that, its really complicated to explain, we did a science project witht the fish and kept them later, does that make sence?
  8. Nutter

    Nutter Fishlore VIP Member

    I agree with all of Lucy's points as well. The science project makes sense but you guys should either get larger tanks or send some of the fish to your LFS's.
  9. p

    philipbouchard-davies Valued Member Member

    Get those nembers up beacause not olly are schooling fish that arent in schools unhealthy they are also very shy and don't come out very much.

    Phil :)
  10. t

    trailblazer295 Well Known Member Member

    As others have said you have some rearranging to do. Pick a few of the species you want to keep (not the silver dollars) get rid of the rest and build up the schools you do want so not only is your tank better stocked but the fish are happier.

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