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Samantha - 2011-03-07
Hi I get the feeling you all know what you are talking about. I have two male Bettas both in their own tanks. Can I keep females with them as everyone I talk to tells me I can't keep them together?! I know you can't keep two males together because they will fight. But I thought you could keep 1 male and up to 2 females together. Very confused. Any advice?

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  • Ja\'el - 2011-05-06
    You can keep the betta female with the male as long as you take her out after they breed or the male will kill her. And also only put her in if the male made a nest of bibbles on top of the water.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-08
    A male and a female can only be together if you are breeding them, or have a big tank that is heavily planted. You can keep females together with the right size tank, and also you need to do research before doing this.
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ananya roy - 2013-01-07
hi,can i keep a male betta fish in my goldfish tank?i have a pretty large tank with 7 goldfishes,3 of them are about 1-1.5',4 of them are 3'. will a betta fish nip their tails? also,can i house a betta fish with guppies? thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-07
    Will actually be the opposite.  The goldfish will go after the betta.  Betta are peaceful except to other male bettas.  Goldfish release too much ammonia unless you have an incredible filter.

    With bigger guppies a betta would do fine.  The betta will eat any fry but the guppies would do the same.
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Anonymous - 2013-01-06
I recently purchased a beautiful red betta from walmart. It was in pretty good condition too, nothing but a mild case of fin rot. But for some reason it won't eat anything but blood worms. So I've heard you shouldn't give blood worms to your betta alot because of the amount of protein, but at this point I have to becuase he won't eat the pellets or flakes. Does anyone know what I should do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-06
    Try adding some flake with a little blood worms or even brine shrimp.
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Larry parks - 2013-01-01
Is it ok to use a blue light with kissing fish.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-01
    It is fine to use.  Using different spectrum lights is best depending on light set up.
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lindsey escudero - 2012-12-29
i just moved my fish out of thier old tank and i'm gonna put a betta into the old one. any advice?

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  • Lindsey - 2012-12-30
    P.S. I just got him. He is a bright red, with a flowing tale. He seems very active. I named him Jamarcus
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-01
    These fish do appreciate a well filtered and heated tank.  Many people keep them in the small bowls which is not the best situation for the betta.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-01
    These fish do appreciate a well filtered and heated tank.  Many people keep them in the small bowls which is not the best situation for the betta.
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Anonymous - 2012-11-11
I just brought a red and blue male... but my blue one is still at the pet shop.. just waiting for another tank.  I also am gonna get a female and see if I can breed them..:-) They are so beautiful. I have my red fighter (ninjah) in a tank with 2 gold fishes and he try and fights with them. I would put him in another tank alone but when they are alone they look bored and don't move. Thats why I've let him in there....

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  • Anonymous - 2012-12-26
    The company is a great factor for the overall well being physically and emotional along with the pyschology
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steve - 2012-12-22
i am looking for a pair of pearls .... would like the male to have a red breats .... all i can find here are ones with an orange breast ..... can more than 1 pair be kept in the same 55 gallon tank if well planted

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-22
    Yes they can.  Good luck in your search!
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Willem - 2012-12-03
Hello, About two years I have diffuclties in keeping male Paradise fish. Every one of them is doing allright for about six months, they eat, breed, chase the female, etc. Then something goes wrong, they become lethargic, hang at the surface, don't eat, turn pale and die, apparently suffocating because they take surface air every five seconds. The females never have this problem. I examined the males and don't find any trace of parasites or worms. Therefore it must be something bacterial or viral, or with the water quality. As none of the other fishes have medical issues (platies, corydoras and female Paradise) all this is puzzling. Ofcourse I treated them with medication, but no result. It could be that I waited too long before I started treating them, but it's not easy to determine when the problem starts, it evolves very slowly, even when it's unmistakably there it lasts about four or five weeks before they perish. Any advice is welcome, otherwise I must give up on keeping these fish, wich I really like. There are two hints of infection in my tank, first a singel white spot, abces, that appears in the head of the paradise fishes when they are introduced, which disappears after a few days, but may recur a couple of times, and some mouth issues with some of my platties. I suppose the first is a virus and the second a bacterial infection For some time I had a group of black/grey widow tetra's who had serious mouth issues, but not lethal, some abces that difformed their mouth by what looked like dark pimpels on it, it didn't seem to affect them much. Any info or advice is thankfully accepted.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-03
    Depending how many females you have.  Try adding one male per 4 or so females.  The males may be fighting for mating rights and getting too stressed.
  • Willem - 2012-12-06
    The problem can not be caused by stress as I never had more then two male Paradise fish, and since the first one died, only one at the time. The first two had the occasional fight, but as the outlet of the filter is right in the middle of the 2 meter tank they had a territory at the sides and enough females for company and breeding. In my experience the females give the weakest amongst them also a hard time once there is a male in the tank.
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ashley barber - 2012-09-19
I've a honey gourami female lies on the bottom of the tank off colour very lathagic. A couple of times we thought it had died. It's been like it for a couple of days now can you help me?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-19
    I suggest you test the levels of nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia in your tank. Dwarf gouramis are sensitive to high levels while your other fish probably tolerate this. Do a water change if your levels are high, about 50%, and see if that makes a difference. Also make sure nobody is bullying him. If his tail or fins are nipped, he could be stressed.
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eden - 2010-05-08
I have 2 gouramis and I love them they are very hardy and do great in a community tank. The weird thing is that they won't mate if you don't have live plants trust me I have tried and it doesn't work out. As soon as I put live plants in they built a bubble nest and are still building. The reason I think they need live plants in there is so they can weave the plant debris in the nest. I would highly recommend getting this type of fish!

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