Top 10 Betta Tank Mates for Community Fish Tanks

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If you have a 20-gallon aquarium or larger, try adding these peaceful tank mates with your betta fish.
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0:00 - Intro
0:32 - Kuhli Loaches
1:01 - Green Neon Tetras/ Ember Tetras/ Neon Tetras and Other Tetras
2:00 - Panda Corydoras/ Pygmy Corydoras and Other Corydoras
2:47 - Chili Rasboras/ Exclamation Point Rasboras/ Porkchop Rasboras and Other Rasboras
3:21 - Plecostomus/ Otocinclus/ Hillstream loaches and Other Plecos
4:04 - Norman's Lampeye Killifish
4:24 - Singapore Shrimp/ Vampire Shrimp
4:57 - Endler's Livebearers
5:51 - Malaysian Trumpet Snails
6:31 - Betta Fish Tank Mates for Community Aquariums
7:06 - Outro
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Aquarium Co-Op
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*Which tank mates do well with your betta fish?* Also, if you have a smaller betta fish tank, check out our previous video for more ideas:
Winterbourne Willow
Winterbourne Willow 16 օր առաջ
got 7 bettas, in 3 gallon cubes, 29 gallon and 10 gallon colum tank. in every tank i have neocaradina shrimp colonies and never seen a betta grab a shrimp. also have exclamation points, pygmy rasboras, phoenix rasbora, harlequin rasbora, nerites, mysterys, assasin snail army, MTS, gold banded gobys, CPDs, dwarf emerald rasboras, columbian zebra pleco, ember tetras. never had any problems, nipping, or predation.
Tuck Ամիս առաջ
Hi was just wondering if you ship to the Uk wanting a medium air filter or is there a place in the uk i could purchase one, thanks Tuck
Kermit the Frog
Kermit the Frog Ամիս առաջ
CORY! Why don't you ship to APO/ Military Europe???? I wanted some of those coarse intake filters and nobody caries them but you.....
Johnathan Fitzgibbon
Johnathan Fitzgibbon Ամիս առաջ
And what about angel fish?
Coeal Ամիս առաջ
I had a betta cohabitate well with 10 dwarf gourami in a 55 gallon tank. Dont know how common this is. (Moved the betta into a 20 gallon to breed the dwarf gourami)
max_.2132 9 օր առաջ
slowly getting out my comfort zone of bettas lol
JasOnWheels 9 օր առաջ
I just upgraded my betta tank from 5 gallon to 10 gallons and put in 6 harlequin rasboras first, later during the day i re-added my betta, i thought all are going well cause he wouldn't chase them however when i took a look again, 1 rasbora was swimming on the top with him i thought they were getting along and all of a sudden he bit it's eye, poor fish died right away, i dont know maybe that other was was totally weak from the start cause it was not shoaling with the group.
tanish meena
tanish meena 13 օր առաջ
Chile rambobarsa
tanish meena
tanish meena 13 օր առաջ
Jacob Desch
Jacob Desch 13 օր առաջ
Put a school of neons in my 20g with my betta. It's not going well. I don't think if my tetras are just dicks or what, but my betta is always flaring at them. I'm going to have to move one or the other to another tank...
caroline R
caroline R 14 օր առաջ
can you put them with mollies and platys?
Brando 16 օր առաջ
Don’t put neon tetras in your betta tank....your welcome
Luis Zendejas
Luis Zendejas 17 օր առաջ
My glowlight tetras are nippy
Mega Betta
Mega Betta 21 օր առաջ
David White
David White 22 օր առաջ
I have 3 female bettas in my 60 gal community with glo danios and glo tetras some plattys 4 rainbow sharks 2 dojo loches and a small dino bicher and they have been thriving the bettas all have there own hides and the sharks have there own hides that's how I avoid aggression and I make sure I over feed a little then just get out the left overs
Diana Gee
Diana Gee 27 օր առաջ
I got a betta on impulse after going to Petsmart for cat food and litter. On check out, I saw poor little fishies in teeny tubs. Broke my heart. Now, I have a red dragonscale betta son named Rex. He’s so stinkin’ cute! I love when he flares at me, then sees it’s me and stops. Lol but when I show him mirror Rex he goes wild! He’s in a 3.5g now but gonna get him a 40 gallon tomorrow and looking for some mates that will keep him company and not cramp his style. Also, someone to catch his uneaten worms, pellets, and brine shrimps. Thank you for the info!
Polgara 28 օր առաջ
I have a Paradise Gourami around 2in, can I keep Congo Tetras or Ember Tetras with him in my 36gal tall bowfront? How about Silver Tip Tetras and Cherry Shrimps? It's heavily planted (congo aquascape)
Althea McNabb
Althea McNabb Ամիս առաջ
OFF BEAT QUESTION. WHERE CAN I GET SMALL WATER FROGS? I cant find them anymore after some scare years ago...I loved the water frogs. Very entertaining and easy.
SquirrilahFish Ամիս առաջ
I have a Green Dragon in a 5g with 5 White-Clouds and a Pygmy Cory. It’s my favorite tank in my house.
Terrible Timmy
Terrible Timmy Ամիս առաջ
Large aquariums for bettas... make this the norm please...(with lots of hiding spots)
Adon Pajaziti
Adon Pajaziti Ամիս առաջ
I have 6 betta fish in one aquarium. 3 males and 3 females and everything is fine, they aren't fighting.
Catfish Cave
Catfish Cave Ամիս առաջ
Chaetosomas need more love!
Kristy Whitehurst
Kristy Whitehurst Ամիս առաջ
I’ve got a 20G for my betta, and he’s a chill dude so he’s in with a BN pleco, 5 otos and about 1 jillion guppies. He takes out some of the guppy fry and doesn’t worry himself with anybody else.
Patti Argoff
Patti Argoff Ամիս առաջ
Would you recommend the same tank mates for a giant, or “king” Betta?
Daniel Crabb
Daniel Crabb Ամիս առաջ
i have a plakat betta and he hangs out with my cpds. my pygmy corydoras ignore him
Yolo itismomo
Yolo itismomo Ամիս առաջ
wow! what´s the fish on 2:00 ?!?! not the algae eater or the neon. the other killi fish looking one
J Freez
J Freez Ամիս առաջ
I have a betta with guppies but I got ich and the guppies are dying. I'm using ich x now with aquarium salt and temp set to 86 but it keeps coming back.
漢字読めない Ամիս առաջ
I prepared my dad's old 10gal to get a betta and some plants, looking for some good friends 😊
PROJEFF Pickle Ամիս առաջ
Can I put them with my clown loaches? I have a 50 gallon tank ,3 clown loaches,3 tiger barbs do you think if I add a betta it would be okay?
Samantha Benson
Samantha Benson Ամիս առաջ
We love your channel and your store! We've both taken up caring for fish (tetras, shrimps of all kinds, endlers, kuhli loaches, and bettas) in our little apartment.
soft yarn
soft yarn Ամիս առաջ
The betta in the thumbnail looks exactly like my boy, Hibiscus!
Lynn Bonica
Lynn Bonica Ամիս առաջ
Great video, as usual. Always so informative. Learning something new all the time. Thanks for that! 👍😃
Tami O
Tami O Ամիս առաջ
Can I put a beta in a tank w a stunted tetra, 3 panda corydoras & some cherry shrimp (I only have 12 cherry shrimp right now & no babies yet) thanks in advance for your answer! I just ordered from your website for the first time & I’m so excited to get it!!! ❤️
Aquarium Co-Op
Aquarium Co-Op Ամիս առաջ
The corydoras will work, the shrimp it depends on the betta
HereFishy Ամիս առաջ
Ready to get my buddy some friends
Jason Jenkins
Jason Jenkins Ամիս առաջ
Would congo tetra be okay with a betta? Thankyou.
Tinamarie Ussery
Tinamarie Ussery Ամիս առաջ
Great i will remember this so when i set up a community tank i can get the listing you mention
Jimmy Wong
Jimmy Wong Ամիս առաջ
Betta: Wait, u got gallons
Max Spicer
Max Spicer Ամիս առաջ
If your considering buying a group of kuhli loaches just get ready for them to be your favorite fish. Little guys are fun to watch swim around. Just be careful with plants and give them caves. If your making a cave then make sure you can see into it, they all huddle up.
Scalariki - World Of Aquarium
Scalariki - World Of Aquarium Ամիս առաջ
Cool 😎
FONG CHI KIT 6C_04 Ամիս առաջ
hi aquarium co op I have one male and blue two years old veiltail betta
OG v169 OG v196
OG v169 OG v196 Ամիս առաջ
Does anybody have any tips for keeping angelfish in a 29 gallon tank
Jacob Hill
Jacob Hill Ամիս առաջ
hey can someone help me my tap water is at 7.0-7.5 ph and my kh is at 80-120ppm and gh is at 120-ppm but in my tank my ph is 6.0-6.5 and kh is 0ppm and gh is 30-60ppm how can I raise it in my tank and btw I'm using Fluval stratum and I think that's why they're changing?
Barry Suridge
Barry Suridge Ամիս առաջ
We don't appear to have either the Singapore Shrimp or the Vampire Shrimp in Australia *but* we do have a Native species that has the fans and that is Australatya striolata (Riffle Shrimp). This species is available from most suppliers. As a side note, we have a rare Native species of shrimp known as the Charmeleon Shrimp (Caridina sp WA 4) some also call it the Ninja Shrimp. You may ask why? Well, the name says it all. 😊
john s Tedrow
john s Tedrow Ամիս առաջ
they eat guppies
Riley Manders
Riley Manders Ամիս առաջ
great job thank you
chloe Ամիս առաջ
my cardinal tetras were bullying my betta..... then the tetras caught ich and passed away... man that was a stressful month for me.
Mr Kx
Mr Kx Ամիս առաջ
I got a dwarf gourami, flying foxes, corys, ottos, danios and even some goldfish hanging out with my betta. And they all swim together with no problems. I do have a 60 gallon though.
SweetMe Ամիս առաջ
I have 3 bettas in nano community tanks. In 10 long is Boo with 6 ember tetras and 3 cherry shrimp that did well for 9 months. I've just moved Boo to his own 4 gallon because I believe he's eating the shrimplets and I've ordered 10 red rili shrimp so I can hopefully, breed more to adults and add them to other tanks. In 10 high is Splash with 9 espei rasbora, 2 embers, 3 khuliis (Splash's lounging buddies😀), 2 adult cherry shrimp. Happily for about 7 mos. I have a newly cycled 20 long with Chilly, my first koi plakat. Thinking I'll eventually add some cardinals and panda cory's.
Jordan Asberry
Jordan Asberry Ամիս առաջ
Aye Cory or someone in the chat help me find out what killifish Species I have and how to get it to eat I tried a lot
SharDzZ Ամիս առաջ
what a video to come out on my bday :)
Jane Courtenay
Jane Courtenay Ամիս առաջ
I have got lots of tetras, galaxy rasbora, a Pakistani loach, and a couple of balloon rams ... so my only worry would be the rams, even though they don’t harass the other fish 🐠 can anyone tell me if this would be a problem? My tank is about 125 litres, or around 33 gal.
Gabesafish Ամիս առաջ
I have panda corys, otos and black neons. The male betta could care less about them, but he hates the nerite snails. Flares and nips at them constantly, lol.
Juan Name
Juan Name Ամիս առաջ
Hi, I ordered some Dwarf Agassizii Flame Red from live aquaria on your recommendation. The only problem is it doesn’t say if it’s male or female is there any way they could tell because it’s not a cheap fish and I want a male
FishFreak Ամիս առաջ
Some great ideas. Never thought of a kilifish with one. Might have to get some lampeyes in the future!
Krista Arnold
Krista Arnold Ամիս առաջ
I have 2 solo bettas (1 steals all the corydoras food and the other enjoys randomly spearing the corydoras) and then another betta in with just corydoras. Then in my 29gallon I have my halfmoon betta, harlequin rasboras and corydoras! I absolutely love the big community tank.
UK Fish Cam
UK Fish Cam Ամիս առաջ
Convinced everyone loves bettas
Crystal G
Crystal G Ամիս առաջ
This video is right on time. I'm cycling my 29 gallon and wanted to do a betta in a community. Any thoughts on platies with the betta?
Pro Bro Dropz
Pro Bro Dropz 4 օր առաջ
Mine loves his buddies the zebra danios
S G Ամիս առաջ
Can you do corydora mates
Karen Hieatt
Karen Hieatt Ամիս առաջ
Bettas started me in the hobby - all mine have an oto and a mystery snail for company
c Fajardo
c Fajardo Ամիս առաջ
My copper betta sees his reflection in the tank and is constantly swimming against the glass. Any suggestions on how to stop that ? Please any advice would be much appreciated
Wm Deardoff
Wm Deardoff Ամիս առաջ
Made a small order today it’s just a little past 3 in Iowa and it’s already shipped awesome
Trish KCMO
Trish KCMO Ամիս առաջ
Not into Betta however, my daughter -in-law has one and I have been helping her. Thanks for the input.
Jairo Guzman
Jairo Guzman Ամիս առաջ
Make a video about how to stimulate your fish/keep them entertained
Cur Gunner
Cur Gunner Ամիս առաջ
I have a 20 High that’s moderately planted with a male betta and 6 albino corydora because they contrast nice on the black substrate. Been thinking about adding a snail and seeing if the betta treats it well
MacHamish Ամիս առաջ
Also we put frogs bit floating plants in our tank and our betta loves it. ❤
MacHamish Ամիս առաջ
Our betta shares a 55gal bow front tank with 5 black tetras, 5 regular tetras, 3 bristle nose plecos and 4 small clown loaches...yah I need a 125 gal for my loaches when they get big but wifey doesn't want me to rehome them.
Kermit the Frog
Kermit the Frog Ամիս առաջ
My favorites: Dwarf chain loaches, dwarf corydoras, Cardinal tetras, guppies, amano shrimp, My cherry shrimp culls, Horned nerite snails, Ottos, Siamese algae eater. depending on tank size... of course.
David Baker
David Baker Ամիս առաջ
Your video was great timing for me as I bought a male Half Moon Betta 3 days ago and added it to a small 36 liter (~9.5 US gallons?) tank which has just 3 male Endlers (with small tails). I have had the 3 Endlers in there for about 7 months. So far so good with the betta. He doesn't go for them at all so far. They really kept their distance for ~24 hours because I guess they have never been in a tank with a much larger fish before. So I was really glad to see Endlers in your top 10 tank mates! Hopefully that holds true for my smaller type tank too. I'm hoping that things stay peaceful even when he tunes into feeding time. At the moment the little guys are getting most of the food and he gets the idea after a while. When he knows the feeding routine better, I hope he lets them get some without any violence. Thanks again, your videos are great.
NatureNaturally Ամիս առաջ
Jimmy! Loved the B-Roll at the end with the sign. Another great vid -Brandon
stoneroses8818 Ամիս առաջ
I dont recommend Serpae Tetras at all. I just done putting some of them with my betta, they ganged up on him and nipped his fin.
Angel Amaya
Angel Amaya Ամիս առաջ
I got a molly, swordtail, guppy and platy tank with babies and 1 betta which helps with population control and they all live together in peace and since water flow is medium to high but not stressful for betta the betta is not aggressive because of the water flow
Celesta Hernandez
Celesta Hernandez Ամիս առաջ
ive been waiting for this video >;)
Devin Matthew
Devin Matthew Ամիս առաջ
I have my betta with 9 glo fish in a 10 gallon they’re all flourishing, sometimes he swims along side of them if they’re active enough as far as schooling up to 4+ but usually he stays around the top or bottom for the most part and they swim the mid section mostly
Devin Matthew
Devin Matthew Ամիս առաջ
I think your bettas personality will be the biggest deciding factor to whether he’ll coexist with glo fish in my experience that is
Brian Thebodeau
Brian Thebodeau Ամիս առաջ
The problem with Bettas is when you decide to get one you end up wanting tons of them.
The Dave
The Dave Ամիս առաջ
Another great video by Cory and the gang! Full of useful information. Thank you. 😀
Kubiszonisko Ամիս առաջ
Betta requires calm, still water. "Fan" shrimps or hillstream loaches require just the opposite. Not a best fit.
L Ամիս առաջ
The neon/cardinal tetras are a no because the truth is they can ALL be nippy.
Marianne Climack
Marianne Climack Ամիս առաջ
Is a 36-gallon bow front tank too tall for a Betta? Will the Betta get too tired swimming to the top for air?
Kent’s Fish
Kent’s Fish Ամիս առաջ
Daniel Koltusky
Daniel Koltusky Ամիս առաջ
Are you still doing give aways? Huge fish and plant fan
Bacon Ամիս առաջ
If you pause at 2:26 in the background there is a fish that looks like a rummynose neon tetra! What is that fish?
toadshi9 Ամիս առաջ
Another good video, keep it up Cory!
Gilson Baldivino
Gilson Baldivino Ամիս առաջ
just keep betta fish alone. they don't need or want tank mates. you guys think that your betta fish will be happy if you put tankmates?
Brian Klimaszewski
Brian Klimaszewski Ամիս առաջ
At one point I'll have a betta tank
Coeal Ամիս առաջ
My male betta actually schools with the 15 neon tetra in my tank. Hes so peaceful with them. And they dont seem to mind him swimming with them
Pro Bro Dropz
Pro Bro Dropz 4 օր առաջ
Mine loves his zebra danios in a school too he does his own thing but loves to watch them
АкваСвет Ամիս առաջ
Tian Zhou
Tian Zhou Ամիս առաջ
Z Ամիս առաջ
Trying to introduce some cherry shrimp fry to my betta tank(6.8g) and distracting her with 5 guppy fry.. wish me luck lol.
Drew Perez
Drew Perez Ամիս առաջ
I want the aquarium co-op ornament
Kevin Hinds
Kevin Hinds Ամիս առաջ
I have my male betta in a planted 20 gallon tall with 6 ember tetra, 5 Khuli Loaches and an albino plecostomus. My betta is pretty chill though. He was housed with mystery snails for a while and left them alone too. I have only seen him go after an ember tetra once.
Kraig Anderson
Kraig Anderson Ամիս առաջ
Bro iv been wanting to get another one. Had on for a few years and lived his personality
Elquinjena Silverwing
Elquinjena Silverwing Ամիս առաջ
Cory I want to thank you for doing this video since I was still trying to pick out what I wanted to put in my second tank with another betta. I have never had Rasboras or corys until now. Picked up some cute Chili Rasboras and was amazed at how tightly they school, made me wish I had gotten a few more but there is time later to add more. Also picked up some Pygmy Corys and they are so cute and fun to watch. I am a Rasbora and cory fan now.
PrincessDi_2009 Ամիս առաջ
May someone weigh in? I wanted to get a beta for my 50 gallon community tank( diamond tetras, neon tetras, yellow fin tetra, and bushy nose pleco), but my fish store said that tank is too big for the beta cause they drown. I have drift wood and plants.
user205 205
user205 205 Ամիս առաջ
can a betta be in a aquarium with opaline gouramis and red fire dwarf gouramis?
Aspen Leaf
Aspen Leaf Ամիս առաջ
Several years ago I found a beautiful betta to add to my community tank of live bearers. The next morning I found betta on bottom of tank with ALL fins chewed off but he was still alive, put him in my quarantine tank he lived 2 days was so sad
katie wood
katie wood Ամիս առաջ
Hmm blue betta, yellow guppies, and green plants. Makes a pretty tank.
joe campbell
joe campbell Ամիս առաջ
got mine in with rainbowfish been doing great for almost a year now
Sean F
Sean F Ամիս առաջ
I kept my last betta with a clown pleco. Only saw the pleco once a week.
Huy Võ
Huy Võ Ամիս առաջ
Very helpful 👍👍👍
Tom H
Tom H Ամիս առաջ
Can betta and platys or mollies do well together?
ironfae Ամիս առաջ
I’d recommend snails first as a “test buddy”. They’re tough, non-aggressive, and cheap. Bettas won’t usually bother them, but if they do at least you’ll know how social the betta is before you waste money on other fish.
Who The Hell Is Harvy
Who The Hell Is Harvy Ամիս առաջ
I don't think I could keep a betta on his its own. Only ever kept them in community tanks and it makes them look even more amazing! Also, the footage in the clips were awesome!
Flawless Strategy
Flawless Strategy Ամիս առաջ
I got pygmy cories. Bought 3. One was big. One small one disappeared, and the Betta chases the other small one at times, but he's still alive after like a month. He killed all the Amano and Ghost Shrimp I tried. Cardinal and Neon Tetras were fine. He nipped at them occasionally but no one ever got hurt or died.
Master Photographer
Master Photographer Ամիս առաջ
Nice mix of community fish, even if you don’t have a Betta.
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