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    ok i know it's a dumb Q but my dad wants to know if i can put a betta in with my africans...he put it in and he seems to be doing fine right now, and he is not harrassing my cichlid nor are they to him.
    55 gal.tank~
    jewels 2m/1f
    Ice blue zebra 1m
    O.B. Zebra 1f
    Albino Bristle Nose Pleco ?sex
    albino zebra ?sex
    red peacock 1m
    yellow lab ?sex
    albino rainbow shark ?sex
    hap.obli. zebras (vics) 1m/1f
    eletric blue joahni 1m
    scoiliff? 1m (not sure if thats the right name)
    red tail vic 1m




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    If there was a problem it would not be caused by the betta. I think it largely depends on the cichlids involved.

    I would think that the betta would not appreciate the higher currents in a cichlid tank.

    If the tank is an african tank I would suggest against it, betta's need much softer more acidic water. In general I think teh Betta is on the losing end no matter what.
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    I've had bettas killed by tetras. I wouldn't dare put one with my africans, not even the baby peacocks LOL. Right now I have one in with a long finned black skirt tetra and the betta chases the tetra on occassion (probably because of the long fins). It's like watching the OJ "low speed car chase" LOL.
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    C. Afra "cobue", Labidochromis chisumulae, M. joanjohnsonae,
    65 gallon
    Ps. acei, Ps.cyaneorhabdos, I. spengerae
    46 Bow front
    Ps. saulosi, Labidochromis chisumulae

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    I agree that it would probably be cichlid caviar.

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    well it;s day number 2 and the cichlids have not messed with the betta and he seems to be doing fine..i talked to this guy and he said that he has 3 males in with a bunch of vics, and he also has 6 males in a 10 gallon that do not harm each other (all male bettas)
    55 gal.tank~
    jewels 2m/1f
    Ice blue zebra 1m
    O.B. Zebra 1f
    Albino Bristle Nose Pleco ?sex
    albino zebra ?sex
    red peacock 1m
    yellow lab ?sex
    albino rainbow shark ?sex
    hap.obli. zebras (vics) 1m/1f
    eletric blue joahni 1m
    scoiliff? 1m (not sure if thats the right name)
    red tail vic 1m




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    I wonder if in-breeding/line breeding...captive breeding are causing Betta to lose their "fighting" instinct?
    SabrinaD
    75 gallon
    C. Afra "cobue", Labidochromis chisumulae, M. joanjohnsonae,
    65 gallon
    Ps. acei, Ps.cyaneorhabdos, I. spengerae
    46 Bow front
    Ps. saulosi, Labidochromis chisumulae

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    Highly unlikely. I don't buy that. I would want to see it for myself.

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    Bettas fight with bettas, thier instinctual rage is con-specific.

    I'm pretty sure if the betta had simular coloration to the cichlid it would be an ugly sight.

    Also one has to take into account the relative age of the cichlids.
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    It's only a matter of when - not if - problems will arise. The betta doesn't stand a chance.

    As to 10 male bettas in a 10 gallon, I highly doubt it unless they are too young to want to kill eachother. Their instinct is to be the one and only daddy of all bettas and will kill or die trying to accomplish that goal. They can mix with most non-aggressives and some semi-aggressives if the tank size permits, but cichlids? No way. I really wouldn't let it go any longer.
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    took it out already, and turns out the guy that has all them bettas in a 10 gallon said that they are still fry.... but anyways thanks for the help, and i didnt think my betta wold be good in there with the cichlids.

    btw here is a pic of the betta that was in the tank.
    Last edited by Red Tail Thick Skin; 11-07-2005 at 01:13 PM.
    55 gal.tank~
    jewels 2m/1f
    Ice blue zebra 1m
    O.B. Zebra 1f
    Albino Bristle Nose Pleco ?sex
    albino zebra ?sex
    red peacock 1m
    yellow lab ?sex
    albino rainbow shark ?sex
    hap.obli. zebras (vics) 1m/1f
    eletric blue joahni 1m
    scoiliff? 1m (not sure if thats the right name)
    red tail vic 1m




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    Just a note....

    I once kept a betta in my 75g for over 2 months without a single incident... but I removed the betta because all he ever did was sit in the front right corner and stay at the surface... No body bothered him and he never ventured far..... I stuck him in one of those plastic cheesey desk tanks...
    "Cichlids aren't aggressive, they are territorial. Aggression is a response to inadequate territory for their breeding and feeding needs."

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    lol thats what mines did, today whent to boardroom aquatics and got 2 vics!!! they are sweet! charging my digital now to take pics, and they are hap. obiclieces or something like that.
    55 gal.tank~
    jewels 2m/1f
    Ice blue zebra 1m
    O.B. Zebra 1f
    Albino Bristle Nose Pleco ?sex
    albino zebra ?sex
    red peacock 1m
    yellow lab ?sex
    albino rainbow shark ?sex
    hap.obli. zebras (vics) 1m/1f
    eletric blue joahni 1m
    scoiliff? 1m (not sure if thats the right name)
    red tail vic 1m




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    this is what it looks like, but the guy at the lfs said it was a hap. obli something
    55 gal.tank~
    jewels 2m/1f
    Ice blue zebra 1m
    O.B. Zebra 1f
    Albino Bristle Nose Pleco ?sex
    albino zebra ?sex
    red peacock 1m
    yellow lab ?sex
    albino rainbow shark ?sex
    hap.obli. zebras (vics) 1m/1f
    eletric blue joahni 1m
    scoiliff? 1m (not sure if thats the right name)
    red tail vic 1m




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    That's a common wrong name for Astatotilapia latifasciata.

    If that's what your new fish looks like, you do indeed have a latifasciata.
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