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Betta and Siamese Fighting Fish
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What kinds of fish are good tank mates for a female Betta in a 3-gallon bowl?

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September 26, 2012 9:55PM

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Some will tell you goldfish, but they need a minimum of 30 gallons

and are COLD water fish. Bettas need a minimum of 5 gallons and are

WARM water fish. Both need a filter, but the betta also needs a

heater. Bettas, like most other fish, like to swim around. A single

betta needs a 6-10 gallon tank with a heater and filter for optimum

health. Plants and caves make it more interesting for them and a

couple of rasboras might work, depending on his aggressive

tendencies. They can be kept with other female bettas, and can have

other tank mates if they have room. Almost any fish that doesn't

harass them would be fine as female bettas are peaceful fish.

People tend to think they don't live long, but if they have enough

room, clean water, and consistent temperature, they will be much

less stressed and can live for a lot longer than expected. If your

tank is at least 15 gallons, you can have four or five female

bettas, but they should not be crowded into a smaller tank. NO FISH

SHOULD EVER BE KEPT IN A BOWL. The constant water changes and

temperture fluctuations are very stressful and do not make up for

having enough room to swim and have plants and items to swim around

and through. You could live in a large closet with 4 other people

but I doubt you'd appreciate the quality of your life. Fish also

enjoy moving around and having an interesting environment. To say

it's OK to use a bowl because a few manage to live in bowls is as

logical as saying cigarettes don't cause health problems because a

few people manage to smoke with no obvious repercussions.

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