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Betta & gouramis

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Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 04:38 am
can my betta go into a 25 gal with my blue & dwarf gouramis. my betta is in a pitcher next to the tank & whenever a gourami swims by, the betta flares up. but my friend says that he's had them together with no problems. i'd love to put my betta in the tank. any experiences?



Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 08:53 am
Betta are not good community fish. Gourami are unpredictable fish. What works for you friend may not for you and you are taking a chance that the betta will end up with torn fins and possibly die from stress. Some people successfully maintain weird combos of fish, it's just not recommended and may shorten the life span of your pet.



Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 08:19 pm
Ya, it probably wouldn't be wise to stick em' together in a 25 gallon. I'd say they'd be ok in like a 40 with some plants and cover, but in a 25 there's no room to swim away and hide. The fact the betta flares at the sight of the gourami gives you all the more proof they wouldn't be compatible.



Thursday, March 28, 2002 - 07:13 pm
is your betta a female or male? i am currently keeping a female betta with a blue dwarf gourami and they get along fine and the biggest surprise of all is that they're in a 2 gallon tank with no filter and no heater. They never mess with each other only stay away from each other until its feeding time.



Wednesday, April 03, 2002 - 08:01 pm
What!? A 2 gallon with a dwarf gourami and a betta? I'm sorry but that's no good at all. I don't mean to flame or anything, but I see that as pretty cruel. The fact there is no heater is bad, but no filter!? I hope this is VERY temporary.



Thursday, April 04, 2002 - 08:17 am
Betta don't need a heater, but I used one with my gourami. I agree the ammonia in a two gallon tank with both fish most be extremely high! Also the poor little guys have absolutely no room to move.


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