Will this tank work out?

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

  1. Bettaguy17Valued MemberMember

    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. cm11599psWell Known MemberMember

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

  3. LucyModeratorModerator 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. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    +1 for Lucy.

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

  6. platy benWell Known MemberMember

    Hmmmm :;dete

    And also, I agree with Lucy, definitly no to a betta.
  7. Bettaguy17Valued MemberMember

    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. NutterFishlore VIPMember

    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. philipbouchard-daviesValued MemberMember

    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. trailblazer295Well Known MemberMember

    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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