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Betta imbellis can be kept in a mixed group of 4-5. The males, unless B splendens, rarely engage in deadly combat. B. sp. Mahachai (which some authorities believe to be a wild hybrid of splendens and smaragdina) is rather less pugnacious compared to splendens and a sufficiently planted and spacious tank could house maybe 2 sparring males and a few females.

Most of the other wild bettas (pugnax, wine betta group, waseri, etc) can be kept in a small group, with some care.

Note though that all betta species (except the long-fin fancy varieties) are adept at jumping. A secure cover is a must.
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