As beautiful and colorful as it is, the Betta is equally aggressive and violent in nature at times. Its behaviour is rarely harmful but when it is, any of the two fish might end up being dead. These are the kind of fishes which do not require or want a tank mate at all. But, if you still want to give it a community to live in, here is what you need to understand.
Why is the Betta aggressive?
The aggressive characteristics of Betta can be traced back to its origin. Betta splendens or originally called Siamese fighting fish are the most celebrated of the Gourami family. They live in tropical regions in the rice paddy fields, standing waters, flood plains with huge areas of territory to live peacefully in. They are not compatible even with their own kind and fight each other off to death.
Consider their territory as their sensitive zone and any other fish which enters it might have high chances of getting into a fight.
Points for preference -The female ones are still known to be less aggressive than male Betta and co-operative with the community at times too.
Understanding Betta fish community behavior conditions:
To have a good habitat for Betta and other fishes to live happily or simply without killing each other it should have these compatibility behaviors,
- Betta gets stressed with change in the atmosphere of the tank, so a fish with similar habitat requirements is preferable
- Betta is aggressive, thus a submissive partner clears the chances of any fight
- The one which does not have a territorial acquirement or ego problems to be precise is a good Betta fish tank mate
- Betta has inferiority complex to vibrant colors. A fish with lesser beautiful colors is likely to avoid any dispute.