Thank you! I'm so excited! I still need to set the tank up and everything so it will be a little while before I'm ready. Do I have to add them all at once? I mean say I find 5 I really like but the next week I see another I just can't live without, could I add her?
So, a little fighting is ok and normal, correct? I hate the thought of someone getting hurt.
Oh and do the females have to be the same type, say all VTs or CTs and so on?
Sorry for all the questions, I just want to make sure I do this right so I don't end up with an injured (or worse) betta.
Yep, you can add fish after the fact, just use one of those breeder boxes that can either float in the tank or suction to the side. That way, the girls can see the new addition and she can see them and they can all learn to play nice without any danger to the fish. After a week or so, she'll be a nonevent, and you can quietly release her into the tank with the rest... no muss no fuss!
Fighting is absolutely normal, and unless you see serious damage being done (fins being ripped off or lots of missing scales or one girl constantly striped and hiding), don't interfere. They need to establish their pecking order, and the alpha needs to keep the others in line if they get uppity every now and then. ALL of my girls have had nipped fins at one point or another. Stress Coat is a wonderful thing for fast regrowth.
They don't have to be the same tail type. I have six VTs and one CT and they're just fine together. Also, as stated before, I have a giant among the littler girls and she's just fine, even with her outrageously long fins.
And tons of questions are fine!! I suggest PMing Lilnaugrim, she helped me when I was starting my sorority. Her advice is awesome!