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What fish don't get along with Bettas | Fish not compatible with Bettas
What fish are not compatible with Bettas in 3, 5, 10, 20 gallon tanks?
There are number of fish which should not be kept with Bettas but in particular this is a short guide as which to avoid. The three most popular offenders are Tetras, Guppies and Goldfish. We know Bettas are aggressive in general with their own kind but they can be equally aggressive with the aforementioned fish.
Why are Tetras not compatible companions for Betta fish?
Many Bettas are known to have long fins and it’s this long finnage which acts as a target or flag attracting Tetras who swim quickly and will nip and tear at the finnage of Bettas.
Why are Guppies not compatible companions for Betta fish?
Guppies would appear to be a no brainer in terms of being roommates with Betta fish but in fact they’re not a good choice. The reason why Guppy fish are not good tank mates for Bettas is because their colors and fins seem very similar to Betta. This means a Betta is attracted to the bright color and fins of the Guppies and chase or attack them. The speculation is it may be perceived as a threat such as when two Betta males recognize each other. For some reason Bettas will target Guppy fish and at aggressively.
Why are Goldfish not compatible companions for Betta fish?
Goldfish are robust fish and can live in unfavorable conditions. Although Goldfish are cold water fish they are known to be pigs in terms of feeding, these fish are messy eaters and produce a lot of waste. This is important to understand because the output of waste from the goldfish would require heavy filtration from something like a power filter which is too strong for a Betta aquarium.
What tank mates make great Betta fish companions?
Many Betta fish keepers and tropical fish hobbyists recommend freshwater shrimp, Corydoras catfish and Otos or Otocinclus catfish, and Apple Snails. By adding freshwater shrimp, cory catfish, and snails you are really creating a beautiful aquarium community with different and interesting fish which interact well together. Besides the colors and characters of these residents are very enjoyable. To read more or order these recommended fish compatible with Bettas read Betta Fish Tank Mates click here.
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