Fish for new tank - adding fish - Beta and other fish

orchidfun(6 MA)November 6, 2008


I a have new 20 gallon tank and a few questions.

I would like a male Beta (especially to rescue out of its sad little bowl in the store) but am reading so many conflicting view points on Betas with other fish.

I am considering 1 male Beta, 6 neon tetras, 3 cory catfish, 3 mollies. I wanted fan tail guppies, but have learned guppies are not a good choice with a Beta

  1. Does this sound like a good group that should get along?

  2. I am thinking of adding catfish first - can I do 3 to start? Followed by mollies, after a wait add tetras, and finally the Beta. Is this is best order?

Your feedback and insights are greatly appreciated.

Thank you!


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PKponder TX(7b)

I have had bad luck with mollies being fin nippers. Neon tetras and cories will survive better in a seasoned tank. The betta and guppies would be the easiest for a new tank. I wonder why bettas and guppies would be bad together? Maybe the betta would see the fantails as one of their own and try to fight with the guppies.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2008 at 3:31PM
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In my opinion, they should all be able to get along just fine in a 20 gallon tank, especially if you provide plants and shale or PVC or whatever they can use for refuge and territoriality.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2008 at 11:09AM
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