If you’re interested in adding a fun and colorful betta to your collection of fish, you may be wondering: can they live with other fish? The answer is yes, but you have to get the right species of tank mate for them.
Although an alternative name for bettas is “Siamese fighting fish” they will not go after other fish in your tank. Many fish species can live together with them peacefully. Although some bettas have “added personality” (i.e., some issues with aggression), generally, even male bettas can live with the species on this list with minimal issue.
What Species Can Live With Bettas?
The first thing you’ll need to do is check this list to see if the fish species you’re looking at can live with your bettas safely:
- Do they nibble? Any fish that nibbles at a beta will be bit back.
- Are they colorful? Colorful fish may be intimidating (and you know what happens if you intimidate a fighting fish!)
- Are they large? A larger fish can also intimidate your betta.
If your fish species passes these three screening questions, you then need to start considering some other factors before you settle on the kind of fish you wish to add to your tank.
Other Factors To Consider
In addition to choosing the right species, you need to keep the following things in mind to keep all of your fish happy and healthy:
- Give plenty of room: Each fish should have about 5 gallons of water to themselves, so consider the size of your tank.
- Remember what each fish species requires in their diet and feed your tank accordingly.
- In case your new fish is intimidated, give him some live plants and tank ornaments to hide in or behind.
Some Good Options
There are plenty of good options when it comes to finding your betta fish a friend! Bottom feeders usually make good tank mates, but, whatever you do, don’t put two male bettas in the same tank. As fighting fish, they will do exactly what they’re meant to do: fight!
However, you can often get away with two female bettas in one tank. In fact, although they’re still aggressive, many people keep multiple bettas together in what’s called a “sorority tank” and it’s absolutely beautiful to look at!
Here’s a short list of other popular options for bettas:
- Neon Tetra usually stay in the middle of the tank, giving bettas plenty of room and making them a good choice for your tank.
- Bristlenose plecos are reclusive and won’t tempt your betta, however, they get very large so you’ll need a bigger tank if they grow too big.
- Corydoras are also great companions for bettas!
- Glass catfish can also be placed with bettas, and they’re completely see-through so you can even see their internal organs!
With these things in mind, you should be able to find a few different options for your new tank mate.