Hey everybody! I have a quick question for you all...(actually, probably not so quick....
So I rescued a baby betta a few weeks ago...I think it was on the 17th of last month. Anyway, she is still here with me, getting brine shrimp most of the time, every now and then blood worms. (It is all I have right now...they are frozen, not freeze dried).
She has been hanging out inside a breeder net in my ten gallon since I got her. (Don't worry, I raised the temp to about 82). But he/she (I will just call it a she) has grown a bit (YAY). But I feel like she would like it better to not be stuck in a breeder net inside a bigger tank with just a few floating plants for her.
Today I wanted to completely redo my ten gallon. Move the wood I have in here down to one of my male betta's tank (because he only has one small piece) and put some new pieces of wood in this ten gallon..
The ten gallon has one half grown balloon molly (she is adult, but never grew to full size..I think she was the "runt of the litter"), 3 pygmy cories, 7 assassin snails, and 3 amano shrimp.
Just some quick information on my halfgrown balloon molly: She seems very lonely
almost my entire tank was wiped out a long time ago by a parasite brought in with another fish. Every since then, she has been pretty much alone. However, with that said, she does not seem territorial AT ALL. When I added the pygmy cories (after being COMPLETELY on her own for a few months) she swam right up to them immediately. After watching them nose around in the sand looking for food for a few seconds, she then pretended to be a cory...no joke...she pretended to nose around in the sand just like them. She wasn't looking for food, she was just copying them. And she followed them around EVERYWHERE. We have also gotten to the point now where she will only eat what food they eat.
Another instance: I cleaned out my old science teachers horrid aquarium about a month or so ago. I decided to bring home a sick platy and try to save him (no parasites or bacterial anything, just very unhealthy, lethargic, skinny, etc from horrible conditions). Anyway, the platy would just kind of hover in the same spot moving his body back and forth a certain way. Well....as soon as I put him in, what else did miss molly do but swim right up to him and watch him for a few seconds, then start copying him? She swam up right next to him, and started doing the same strange wobbling movement as him.
I shared that annoyingly long paragraph to show the fact that the balloon molly seems extremely friendly, almost desperate for some company. She and this baby betta have been seeing each other through the net for a few weeks, so they have gotten used to each other I think. On top of that, like I said, I am planning on changing the entire layout of the tank today, so there will be no territorial business going on...
With all that said, now comes my question (about time right?!) What do you all think about me releasing her into the tank and seeing how it goes? Of course I will keep a hawk eye on the tank. But I really wanted some opinions on this.
Thank you for any suggestions you can give me, or I can ask any other needed questions.
I am really sorry for such a long post, I just really don't want anything to go wrong. I love this little betta and I ADORE my balloon molly.
Thank you all!