community tanks and sororities
I'm used to Betta care and many other fish, but I've yet to do a community tank with a Betta or a sorority, and I plan to try both soon. I'm cycling tanks and gathering the last of the supplies I need.
As for previous community tanks, I've done various combinations of Mollies, Plecos, Tetras, Danios, Cory Cats, Angels, Hatchets, Guppies, and some others. (I've had 2 saltwater tanks and a few freshwater.)
I've had many Bettas, but never in a community.
I have LOTS of questions still:
On sororities - Is it better to do just your females or a community w/ the sorority? What's the MAX you would put in a 10gallon tank? Does having them all the same color/size make any difference? (I know it's going to be mostly dependent on personalities.)
On community tanks with 1 male Betta - Can you do any sort of 'community' type with a 2.5gallon? (snails, shrimp, frog, or any dwarf fish maybe?) What's the MAX you would put in a 5gallon & a 10gallon? (I realize it depends on the other fish, like the number of neon tetras you add might not be the same number of plecos you add.)
My local PetCo is HORRIBLE!! They've been flushing all the dead fish, as well as many that are still alive just because "they'll be dead soon." Half of these 'almost dead' fish have nothing wrong with them! My newest fish, Hart, was about to be flushed for being too lethargic, but he looked perfectly fine, so I brought him home and within 5 minutes he was acting just fine. I tested the water still in his PetCo sale bowl, and the Nitrites was on the high end of the 'danger zone' plus the PH was waaay off.
Anyway, PetCo has told me I can take all of their 'almost dead' fish they're about to flush home for free, but I don't have all the space for them, so I'm going to try a sorority and if I can keep it going a while, I may do a couple more.
I also want to try a community with Hart because he just loves to follow me, the dog, the cat, and anything else near the glass, including other fish in near tanks, but he doesn't seem very aggressive. He's very active though. I'll continue to observe his personality more, but what would you suggest putting with him if I do a community tank?
I have four 10gallon tanks, one 5gallon tank, and one 2.5gallon tank to mess with/stock. I use the 2.5 gallon as a hospital tank, for fry that I know probably won't make it to adulthood, and as a "quarantine" tank when I bring a new Betta home from Petco. If they make it past a week in there, they can move up to a larger tank as soon as it's cycled. I also have a very small plastic 'tank' that I plan to start a brine shimp hatchery with.