thats too bad about the male[s].
I too have done my own share of betta-testing. Sofar my first two Betta's have been together since Dec. 1st. They have been happily co-habbiting together since, and Blue Bandit loves building her bubble nests, and show off his stuff. They attempted breeding once [Jan 30th], with no real success other then the eggs...mostly as they decided to spawn the day of their water flush, so water conditions weren't ideal. :S
I added them to my larger tank [10 gal upgrade to 15 gal] already inhabited with over a dozen guppies [male and female] and one CAE [6" long, think male] I got for free from a previous boss. At first, they didnt know what to do, and just swam around. A little pecking, but nothing serious, then was onto investigation. No serious battles, no deaths, even the next day, so they have been there since Feb. 19th. Still no casualties.
I was so pleased with my community tank, then I decided to take it another step, and really fulfill Blue's "herlm of females" I told him Id get him last year [deciding to only get 1 instead...Red Petite Mermaid].
As of April 20th, I caved in and bought 3 beautiful females from Petco I just couldnt bare to leave without. When I got Red, I saw her 4 diff times in the store over a month before buying her [partly out of pity, mostly 'cuz of her looks / personality, and perfect match for Blue] this time I didnt want to wait.
I got 2 crown tales, like red. One a beautiful iridescent while, with a black spot on her anal fin, small reddish marking on caudal fin, and black eyes: Ghost Pearl. The other a sort of mini me to Blue being a iridescent blue with pinkish coloring on her fins and white accents [if blue was a crown tale ;D ], thus her name: Mime
The last [but not least, and Blue's new favorite] Scarlet Seahorse. She's a little feistier then the 2 crown's and defiantly takes the role of dominate female between the 3 of them [Red doubles all their size, so they all "bow to her"] Named so as she's a brilliant red / scarlet colored Veil tale, with some black accents on fins.
Day 3 now, and all is still peaceful. The new gals haven't figured out yet the good stuff is at the top...for now they just rome the bottom for fallen flakes while the guppies [AKA pigs ;D ] take over the top.
Scartlet only becomes fisty when she's in her cave, and the other[s] dare to disturb her peace, of if they start to "shadow" her too much [Blue became so taken from her, he immediatly started flaring adn strutting, shadowing along side...she cashed him off a few times until realized he showd no threats. Now she just ignores him...its so cute! Like a betta sop-opera xD ]
I created a blog bases off perspective of Blue. More details of their story posted @ http://askbluebetta.blogspot.com