Butterfly Betta - Planted Tank Mates

Butterfly Betta

3″ | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

Betta spenden

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 76 – 82

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 2 – 5

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwelling nano fish like ember tetras, harlequin rasboras, and celestial pearl danios, but keep them in strong groups

Bottom dwellers like Kuhli loaches, Corydoras, Malaysian Trumpet snails.  Depending on each individual betta, dwarf shrimp may or may not get eaten.

Avoid other aggressive, fin-nipping or even colorful fish like tiger barbs and fancy guppies.
Prevent stressing the betta by keeping top dwelling fish to a minimum.
Avoid larger fish which can prey or intimidate like cichlids.

Notes

Butterfly bettas have solid body colors that often extend to their fins. The outer edges of their fins often transition to a paler or translucent color.

Betta fish are also known as Siamese or Japanese Fighting Fish.  They’re very territorial and should never be kept together unless for short-term breeding.  Despite their aggressive nature, they can have a curious and playful personality.  They’ll often recognize their caretaker and will even come up to the glass to greet them.  The betta spenden species come in a variety of tail shapes, colors and patterns.  They’re easily the show piece to any tank and their extravagant tails flow like living art.  Provide their space with a lot of plants, slow water agitation and warm waters to keep them healthy and active.

Regardless of what you see in retail stores or what people say, NEVER keep a betta in anything less than a 5 gallon tank.

Types of Betta Fish

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ImageButterfly betta fish (Betta splendens).Dwarf powder blue gourami fish (Trichogaster lalius).Chocolate gourami fish (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides).Green cobra guppy fish (Poecilia reticulata).Gold lyretail molly fish (Poecilia latipinna).N class endlers fish (Poecilia wingei).
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Description

3" | Single | 5 gal

PH 6.5-7.5 | Aggressive

3" | Single | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2.5" | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 4-6 | Peaceful

2.4" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.8-8 | Peaceful

4.5" | 4 or more | 20 gal

PH 7-8.5 | Peaceful

1.75" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.8-8 | Peaceful

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Betta spenden

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 76 – 82

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 2 - 5

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Peaceful mid-dwelling nano fish like ember tetras, harlequin rasboras, and celestial pearl danios, but keep them in strong groups

Bottom dwellers like Kuhli loaches, Corydoras, Malaysian Trumpet snails.  Depending on each individual betta, dwarf shrimp may or may not get eaten. Avoid other aggressive, fin-nipping or even colorful fish like tiger barbs and fancy guppies. Prevent stressing the betta by keeping top dwelling fish to a minimum. Avoid larger fish which can prey or intimidate like cichlids.

Notes

Butterfly bettas have solid body colors that often extend to their fins. The outer edges of their fins often transition to a paler or translucent color.

Betta fish are also known as Siamese or Japanese Fighting Fish.  They're very territorial and should never be kept together unless for short-term breeding.  Despite their aggressive nature, they can have a curious and playful personality.  They'll often recognize their caretaker and will even come up to the glass to greet them.  The betta spenden species come in a variety of tail shapes, colors and patterns.  They're easily the show piece to any tank and their extravagant tails flow like living art.  Provide their space with a lot of plants, slow water agitation and warm waters to keep them healthy and active.

Regardless of what you see in retail stores or what people say, NEVER keep a betta in anything less than a 5 gallon tank. https://plantedtankmates.com/types-of-betta-fish/

Trichogaster lalius var. powder blue

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.5

dGH: 4 - 15

dKH: 3 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1, or 6+

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies

Bottom feeders like loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks.

Notes

Keep as a single feature fish, or as a male & female pair.  They're generally peaceful community fish but can become semi-aggressive towards each other, especially males.  When in groups, keep 1 male to every 2-3 female ratio.

Sphaerichthys osphromenoides

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 77 – 84

PH: 4 - 6

dGH: 1-6

dKH: 1 – 4

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish that an handle low PH requirements like Tetras, Rasboras, Cyprinids and dwarf barbs that dwell at the middle of the tank

Bottom feeders like Kuhli loaches, corydoras, otocinclus, snails.  Caridina shrimp make a better choice since they prefer softer water parameters.  Adult shrimp OK, but smaller shrimp or fry can become snacks. Avoid fin nipping fish

Notes

Chocolate Gouramis are not like the others.  They're very sensitive to water changes and prefer very low PH water parameters.  Their natural habitat includes a lot of decaying plant matter with branches and wood to hide.  They're more of a social fish that prefer to live in groups of 6 or more.

Poecilia reticulata

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.4″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 82

PH: 6.8 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Endlers, Plecors, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Guppies in general are one of the most hardy and therefore popular fish. Many beginners keep them with great success. Breeding is as easy as keeping some floating plants for babies to hide.  Avoid other fish that would nip on their fins.

Poecilia latipinna

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 7 – 8.5

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 4 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Angelfish, Guppies, Plecors, Loaches and Otocinclus.

Notes

Mollies in general are very hardy fish. Best to keep with other fish having hard water preferences. Avoid small invertebrates like shrimp and cichlids. Many beginners keep them with great success. Breeding is as easy as keeping some floating plants for babies to hide.

Poecilia wingei

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.75″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Top of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68 – 82

PH: 6.8 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Guppies, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Plecors, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Endlers are unique with distinctive color splotches and markings.  Similar to guppies, Endlers are also relatively hardy and popular fish. Many beginners keep them with great success.

Breeding

They generally breed in warmer waters.  They can also reproduce with guppies, so be careful with mixing because they will become hybrids and may lose their distinctive colors and patterns.  Keep a ratio of 1:2, male : female.
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