Female Bettas can be together, but they need large groups and enough territory to go around, which would really need a 20 gallon or larger. Male Bettas will attack other males and can't be kept in mixed sex groups long term. Besides, Bettas are tropical fish that need a temperature between 78-82...
Best answer: Female Bettas can be together, but they need large groups and enough territory to go around, which would really need a 20 gallon or larger. Male Bettas will attack other males and can't be kept in mixed sex groups long term. Besides, Bettas are tropical fish that need a temperature between 78-82 degrees.
Cichlids are generally all tropical as well. Even Dwarf Cichlids require a 30 gallon or larger tank, and most African Cichilds need a 55 gallon or larger tank. An exception to needing larger tank sizes are the Shell Dwelling Cichlids. You should be able to fit a pair of Brevis Shelldwellers or a group of Multifasciatus Shell Dwellers okay in the 10 gallon, but you would need to choose 1 species and they would need to be the only type of fish in the tank. They also have exacting requirements: shells such as escargot shells to live in, aragonite sand, a high pH and hardness level, etc.
If you are attracted to female Bettas, you might look into Peacock Gudgeons. These guys look similar enough to female Bettas that a female Betta will attack them thinking they are another female. They are bright, colorful little things that hang out in the bottom of the tank among rock caves. You could keep a male and a couple females together comfortably in a 10 gallon. The only thing with these guys is that they require a staple diet of live or frozen foods such as glass worms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. They would be compatible with a relative of the Betta, the Sparkling Gourami, which has some of the body shape similar to Bettas and have some of their delicate beauty. Sparkling Gourami actually need groups of at least 3 of their own kind, and will guard tiny territories at the top of the tank among floating plants. Like with Bettas, males will build bubble nests and guard their young. But Sparkling Gourami are much more peaceful. A trio of each species would be about full stocking for your 10 gallon. The only thing with this is that both Peacock Gudgeons and Sparkling Gourami are tropical, so you would need a heater.
For cold water fish, White Cloud Mountain Minnows are an option for a 10 gallon. They need 6 of their own kind, and 6 would fully stock the tank. If you look around you should be able to find long fin varieties. These are fairly hardy fish, too.
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