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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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How Many Females to a 10g Tank?

Alright. So I have a 10 gallon tank that I'm using to house 6 female bettas.
I'm curious how many females should go into a 10 gallon? I read that 5-6 should be the minimum for a sorority so I had bought 6.
Someone said recently to me that overstocking is better than understocking the tank and that I could add more females with 1 female per gallon. Then I've heard people say the 10 gallon tanks are too small to house a sorority.
So I wanna know what everyone's opinions on sororities are.
My sorority is going great with 6 females in a 10 gallon tank. But now I'm wondering what everyone recommends.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 07:38 PM
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10 females. 1 female/per gal. Make sure there is a lot of cover. With sororities, overstocking is better than understocking. Helps a ton with agression. 6 is a good number, but 10 is much better.

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Imo, I've always done 5-6. I have quite a few big females.

(10 in a 10gal is too many to me.)

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Just remember, a 10 gallon tank only holds about eight gallons. Unless it's bare bottom and there are no filters, heaters, decorations, etc.

Here's an excellent sticky on starting a sorority that I feel is a "must-read" for anyone thinking of starting one.

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I have six girls in a 10gl with huge plants and it's perfect

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I wouldn't do more than 7 or 8 girls in a 10g.



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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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I've already read that thread, Russell. It was helpful when I was looking into starting the sorority. I have the sorority already started up now. It's been going good for about a week now. Almost.
I have 6 females in my tank. They're all younger females, not very big. They all seem to do pretty well in the tank with each other.
PetMania said 1 female per gallon in another thread and I was like, wait a minute. And started this thread. Haha.

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I have 7 in my sorority, and it's perfect the way it is! They were downsized from a 30g, and will soon be upgraded back to it, but in a divided 20g area. I think a 10g is perfect for a sorority, and can work great, but if you really want them to thrive, a bigger tank and more girls would be best

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I learned from another member. I am not making that up, just for the record.

Anyways, if 10 females is too much, then I would recommend 8 females.

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From personal experience, even with lots of cover and hiding spots, once I added an 8th female in a 10g I started to have issues. 7 seemed to be the perfect number for me in a 10g. :)



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