Bettas require warmth, light, and filtration just like any other tropical fish. While they may survive in a bowl with no supplemental heat or filtration, this is not humane unless water changes are done AT LEAST once weekly and the bowl is kept in a room that goes below 74 degrees Fahrenheit. No Exceptions!
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They can breathe oxygen, which is why they can survive in unfiltered bowls, but as others here said, an actual filtered tank is ideal. I’ve had success keeping males and females in with golden barbs, neon tetras, plecos, ottos, clown loaches, a rainbow shark, angelfish, etc., the key to success being providing them with coverage (plants, rocks, driftwood, etc.). They love “sitting” on plants and other decorations near the water surface, where they can easily rise for air. That said, I haven’t had great success mixing male and female bettas together because once they decide to fight –and it might be after several days or even weeks, they FIGHT. At one point I had three females and one male together in a 20 gallon. They got along peacefully and playfully for a while –the male even built a bubble next, but eventually he injured a female and the girls collectively ate his fins in response. I haven’t experimented since.
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The female however, is in the 10 gallon tank, all by her lonesome. I am worried the longer she stays in there alone, the more difficult it will be for her to adjust living with other fish. I was thinking one or two more female bettas (though two might be pushing it) along with some school fish, like the cory cats.
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Although many believe that bettas can only be housed by themselves because they'll "kill" anything alive in the tank, bettas CAN be housed with other fish/invertebrae. In fact, there are quite a few species that can successfully coexist with a betta. The general rule is that a betta can live with anything as long as it's But whether you consider keeping your betta with one another (highly not recommended) or with other fish species, there are some general rules that apply to most situations. If a possible tankmate qualifies for all 4 conditions, then they should make great tankmates with a betta. Another important condition is the betta's personality. Becuase every betta has his or her own unique characteristics, whether or not a tankmates will peacfully live with the betta varies widely. An overly aggressive betta should only housed by itself while a shy/ peacful betta can possibly live with guppies or other colorful fish. However, bettas are solitary fish meaning they do best by themselves. That's how they live in the wild. Additionally, adding fish to a betta tank may cause the betta to become aggressive because it thinks that another fish is swimming over his/her territory. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't get your betta a tankmate. As long as your betta doesn't show any signs of distress or become aggressive, everything will be alright. It's up to the owner to decide whether or not to get a tankmate. Now, on to the common tankmates! This is a really great fish to have along with your Betta fish because they actually live together side by side in the wild without any problems. They are naturally non-violent towards Betta fish and most other fish in general.