Once you know an alternative name for betta fish is siamese fighting fish (are sometimes Japanese fighting fish) you may wonder what fish can live with betta fish peacefully. Well, there are plenty of fish that can live with bettas and this article will hopefully give you some ideas to brighten up your betta fish tank. Although known to have some aggressive tendencies (we like to say added personality) having fish, even with male betta fish, doesn’t have to be a problem.
Checklist to follow when thinking about what fish can live with bettas.
• No nibblers – if a fish nibbles at a Betta fish it will get bit back!
• Bigger or colorful fish could be seen to be intimidating – you don’t want to intimidate a fighting fish!
• Think of the size of your betta fish bowl – you should always have 5 gallons of presonal water space for your betta fish
• Many bottom feeders* are fish that can live with bettas
• Remember the dietary requirements for both fish
• Add a few tank ornaments and live plants for any intimidated fish to hide (just incase)
*Bottom feeders are fish such as Plecos / catfish. ‘Sucker mouth fish’ that tend to stay at the bottom of the tank eating algae from the tank.
We are about to go through a few suggested species / tank mate ideas. Once you know what fish can live with bettas owning betta fish with other fish is a lot of fun because it brings so much variety to your betta fish tank and aquarium life.
Bristlenose plecos with betta fish
The Bristlenose plecos are very shy, and they tend to be very reclusive. There are other various types of plecos that can live with the betta; however, some of these can become quite large. So, a larger betta fish bowl or tank may be needed in time.
Plecos with bettas are good as they tend to stay out of the betta fish’s way. You will often find them at the bottom of the tank or feeding on algae from a piece of driftwood. (Which in turn keeps your tank cleaner longer)
Neon Tetra with betta fish
Neon Tetra tend to stay around the mid-tank area, keeping their distance from any bettas. But remember, tetras are schooling fish, so you will need to have a minimum of six tetras in your tank; however, it is a good idea to have more (approximately 10 to 12 is sufficient). Pick the larger adult sized tetras – baby tetras could be confused with food. Once your betta fish bowl features a colorful school you will see keeping betta fish with other fish is not such a problem at all.
What fish can live with bettas… ok, so these aren’t exactly fish…
Depending on the size of your tank, you should try to put between eight and ten ghost shrimp in with your betta. Japanese fighting fish have been known to make short work of these small ghost shrimp so it all depends on the aggression and personality of your betta. Try and choose the bigger shimp from the pet store – they have better chance at surviving and not just become a meal.
Japanese fighting fish are notoriously aggressive and not just towards other male betta fish, so you should not be surprised that you have to find fish that are suited for cohabited environments. The male betta fish are considered very aggressive and two should never be kept in the same tank. You also can’t mix male betta fish with female bettas unless you are breeding; otherwise there will be fights and continued casualties.
So, now you have a better idea of what fish can live with bettas. Armed with this information, you should be able to maximize the visual pleasure of your betta fish bowl or tank.
Do you have any suggestions of your own for what fish can live with bettas? What fish shares a tank with your Japanese fighting fish? We would love to hear them in the comments below.
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