Now that your tank task has accomplished, let’s begin to choose your Betta’s tank mates. I know keeping a fish in a tank seem boring and makes the fish lonely especially keeping a male betta fish in a tank. Base on pethelpful and theaquariumguide, we definitely can add some fishes in the tank or add betta fish in the community tank, and here is some fabulous tips for you to choose betta fish tank mates and to keep them in great condition.

As a fish lover, I would like to advise you to position your aquarium to the site that is accessible for regular maintenance and feeding. The tank’s position should be firm and have an electrical nearby to power the tank, lights air pump, filtration, thermometer and thermostat equipment fitted for reading the temperature. Different tank size have different water capacity with different heater size fitted.

Fish species chosen from your local pet shop brought home must be acclimatized with your tank‘s temperature. As you well know that Betta is a ferocious, aggressive and a territorial fighter and the male is known to have violent interactions, choose the mate with care. Before mixing the betta into community tank or adding new fish in it tank here some few tips about mixing betta fish in the same tank:

*Keeping Two Male Bettas in the same Tank

Housing two male Bettas in the same tank is absolutely not a good decision. They will start the battle to the very end until one of them loses the game and died eventually. So it is not advisable for two male bettas together.

*Keeping Two Female Bettas in the same Tank

For two female bettas in one aquarium, it is a possibility especially if there is enough room for them to move about and hide if needed. A single male and one or two females could be kept in a community tank with dense vegetation in one tank. However, keeping more female Bettas together may not be a great idea and you will have to safeguard against the aggressiveness.

*Keeping A Male and A Female Betta

In the wild, females avoid males except mating, however, in a tank environment, males might injure the female seriously or even kill them. To keep betta with other species in your aquarium is of course possible because otherwise their tank might look bare and dull and boring with only one betta. Here are some species that will be a great choice for your Betta to live with peacefully.

Different Species of Tropical fish mixing with Betta

Keeping the same species of fish would make the tank looks boring and I’m sure many of us start to ask is it possible to mix  different species of tropical fish with betta. Well yes, Betta can be mix with other species of tropical fish and here some information for you about which suitable tropical fish to mix with betta fish. Don’t forget that, Betta also need space to thrive and it is better to prepare a tank with a size of 10 gallon.

*Neon Tetras

Neon Tetra

Neon Tetra

Neon Tetras are beautiful, active fish with a blue and red stripes that almost seem to glow. Believe it or not, these fish get along fairly well with most Bettas. While your betta will spend most of his time at the top of the tank, Tetras are mid-tank fish, so the two will not fight for the same space or collide into one another.

Neon tetras are omnivores, and will eat algae and most high quality flake foods. Personally, I think Hikari makes a great food choice, because your betta will probably eat it as well. Hikari flakes food floats on the surface of the tank for a while, and then slowly sinks to the bottom in a couple of minutes and then the Neon Tetras will start picking the food.

There is also this pleco who sits at the bottom finishing up the unfinished food. I should remind you that tetras are schooling fish and you only need a minimum of six tetras in your tank. A minimum of 10 gallon tank should be spacious enough for all the fish live in a tank.

*Ember Tetra

Ember Tetra

Ember Tetra

Like the Neon Tetras, Ember Tetras are peaceful schooling fish. They thrive in the same conditions as the betta and require water temperature that is anywhere from 20-29°C, with a pH between 5.0 –6.5. They are also easy to feed, and like the betta, they enjoy foods such as brine shrimps, bloodworms and flakes.

Hikari brine shrimp are fresh and highly nutritious favorite food for your fish and same as bloodworm. They are processed by new freeze-dried technology. Fish like Neon Tetras, Ember Tetra and Betta love eating it.

*Harlequin Rasboras

Harlequin Rasboras

Harlequin Rasboras

Harlequin Rasboras are the perfect match to live side by side with your betta. They can get along well with the violent betta in their natural habitation. There is no aggression among the two.

With their dull appearance, these species will not be mistaken for another male betta. They have the same diet and are not known to nip fins so they can be a successful cohabitation of the Bettas.

*White Cloud Mountain Minnows

White Cloud Mountain Minnows

White Cloud Mountain Minnows

These White Cloud Mountain Minnows are small schooling fish and are said to be found in China. They are proven to be a great tank mates with Bettas for a number of reasons. First, these fish are generally peaceful and do not harass or nip the fins of other fish and Bettas in a community tank.

Their water pH and food are similar as the Bettas and is easy to keep together. The White Clound Mountain Minnows are not easily available in the local pet shop because of their natural habitat which is in the mountain waters of the mainland China. The other difficulty is that the Betta prefer warmer water while minnows thrive in colder water, but you can overcome it by setting up the water temperature to 24°C where they can survive the water temperature.




Corydoras are bottom dwelling fish and can blend well with the sand. Their natural colors of grey or white make them unlikely to be noticed by your Betta. Betta like to swim in the upper levels of your tank so there will hardly any conflict between the two species regarding their territories. Additionally, their water preferences are aligned with the Betta and they live in schools of 6 – 10 fish.

*Other Suitable Tank Mates (Shrimp)

Red Cherry Shrimp

Red Cherry Shrimp

Ghost or Cherry Shrimp have translucent bodies so your betta hardly notice them and they are secured from being eaten up. Even though shrimps are usually kept as feeders for aggressive fish species, they make a lovely addition to the tank. They also take up little space in the aquarium. You can have 10 shrimps per gallon.

What not to keep with Bettas

It is very important to avoid certain species with your Bettas as tank mates because of their bright colors, aggressive behavior, or different environment needs. Such kind of species are goldfish, cichlids, tiger barbs, gouramis, Siamese algae eaters and especially other male bettas. Always consider the fish behavior for the best tank mates for bettas.

The Siamese Fighting Fish can have very different personalities, thus leading them to accept or reject certain species. All you can do is try for different combinations to find out which is best works for your Bettas. Lastly, I would say Betta fish can be a striking addition to any tank, however not every member of your tank would like to befriend with your Betta. You must do research before adding them into your existing tank for placing more than one betta together because keeping an aquarium is to enjoy seeing all your lively fish living peacefully.



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