So this might be a strange question, but I wanted to get all different colored female bettas for my sorority tank, will a more brightly colored one or smaller one be picked on more? Or is it more of a personality thing?
I have 3 cambodians (one blue, one red, and one purple/pink), 3 blues (a royal blue, a steel blue, and a teal), and one red. The cambodians are all top dog, and least aggressive. The blues are all bottom dogs and most aggressive. The red is midway. She is more similar in personality to the blues than the cambodians. They get along great regardless, still very little aggression.
The smaller one technically has a greater chance of being picked on more but it is mainly a personality thing.
I agree. For me, the personalities more curious of the outside-the-tank environment are the least aggressive, yet also most dominant. The ones who are more focused on stuff inside the tank are most aggressive, yet also least dominant. My theory is they are so focused on the immediacy of their surroundings, it makes them more fretful and thus more aggressive. The more observant ones IMO have observed enough to notice that the weird creature outside the tank that creates light tends to feed them regularly, and aren't as worried and therefore, less aggressive. I think human terms, they probably have higher IQ than the others, which is why I feel like they've ended up in the dominant tier, they are more clever/adaptable. I amy be giving them too much credit, but it's just been my experience, brief and limited as it is.
ETA- I did get mine all reasonably similar sizes, I'm sure that matters too. My smallest is also the very least dominant, and she acts like she has the most to prove, hence her aggressive. The others leave her alone, until she picks a fight, and she can never cash the check her mouth decides to write.
My bettas: D'Argo + the girls Jullanar, Lalla, Razz, Rayleigh, Aviendha, Arya, & Lovelylocks
plus the other guys Toni, Eli, and Clinton (platy, guppy, and molly) a kuhli- Burt, 2 yoyos- Duncan and Ma, and otos, Laurel, Hardy, Larry, Curly, and Moe, plus the kitty, Clara the Impossible Girl.
SIP: Turk (teal VT), Azul (royal blue VT), Jerrica Benton (pink cambo CT), Lady Amalthea (blue cambo CT), and Jadzia Dax (blue VT)
Last edited by osromatra; 05-02-2013 at 06:44 PM.