Betta Tank Mates
People are always asking me; “What can I put in with my Betta Fish?”. I never seem to have the best answer for them, so I did some research and here’s what I found:
- Be sure to have a good sized tank (5 gallons or larger) with proper filtration for your betta and his partner.
Good Tank mates:
- Kuhlii Loach – I love these little guys. We keep them in store and they are a perfect bottom dwelling fish. They hide down low in your tank. they eat after your betta has eaten which is good. You might need to slightly over feed your betta so some food gets to the bottom.
- Snails – for the most part many bettas don’t bother your snails. The snails will help clean up your tank which can be helpful. Keep an eye on your betta that he doesn’t try to eat your snails antenna.
- Rasbora Heteromorpha (in a school of 5+) – these little guys/gals are really fun for a tank. They have a gorgeous metallic color and are pretty easy to take care of. Your betta might go after them but with the schooling behavior probably won’t be able to hurt anyone.
- Neon Tetras (in a school of 5+) – I’m a little skeptical about this one but people seem to keep them with bettas frequently. They add a nice splash of color, are peaceful and swim in schools.
- Cory Catfish – we keep these in stock as well and they are very much like the Kuli Loach and stay to the bottom of the tank. They also make for a good clean up crew. I wouldn’t get more than 3.
- Black Skirt Tetra (school of 5) – We keep a pretty peaceful black orchid crowntail betta in with our black skirt tetras at the store and they get along really well. Black skirt tetras are very calm fish and bettas tend to leave them alone. They are very hardy and enjoy a good hiding space in a tank – so logs or tall plants work well.
As with all animals observe your bettas behavior – if he gets nasty with your other fish it may be time for someone to move out.
As always give us a call or email if you have any questions!