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Can a male betta live with goldfish?

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2011-09-12 14:51:52
2011-09-12 14:51:52

NO Bettas' and Goldfish have different ideal temperatures AND most importantly the Betta needs very calm waters and the goldfish due to is high waste production needs allot of extra flow in the tank, even more so than nearly any other fish except river dwellers. This makes this combination completely inadvisable.

If that isn't bad enough, the Bettas' can be highly aggressive and any aggressiveness can stress out the goldfish which can lead to an increased risk of disease.

Bettas are tropical aka 26 degrees C is ideal

Goldfish are cold water 22 degrees is ideal and no more than 23 is recommended for long term

Bettas' NEED calm waters to properly breathe and relax

Goldfish NEED EXTRA filtration and water movement to clear out the large amounts of waste they produce daily

Bettas' are ALL too aggressive and will stress the goldfish out which suppresses the immune system and allows an increased risk for developing disease that can be fatal

Some of the information below is good advice but the bit about temperature is iffy. The bit about aggression is iffy too since each individual Betta is different BUT all Betta that i have observed want to develop and protect a territory if possible and the goldfish aren't territorial at all so there will be a great potential for conflict

Male fighting fish are only aggressive to fish of their own size that have long flowing fins and tails as they will be mistaken for another male fighting fish.

Fighting fish can go in with cold water goldfish in summer time as they prefer a room temperature tank. And then in winter they will have to be put in a warm water tank. It doesnt really matter what tank cold or tropical as long as the water they are in isn't freezing cold or overlly warm.

Male fighting fish are not as aggressive as people think. They cope really well with other fish just not other male fighting fish, fish of the same size with long flowing tails and fins, and they can not go with other fish that will prey on them. Such as angels, guppies and neons.

If you have any more questions just leave a message on board and I'll get back to you right away.

It is not entirely wise to put a Betta in a tank with goldfish, I probably wouldn't risk it, but it might be alright. You probably could put a Betta with Goldfish if you watch closely and make sure to keep your fish well fed, because a common reason for cannibal fish is that people forget to feed the fish so they try to eat their tank mates.

So all in all I would probably keep a Betta in a separate bowl with a mirror for company if possible.

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