This is my sorority. This was before I added any of my girls, though. I had just lost my pride and joy Athena after a sudden, vicious bout of dropsy and I went into a local petshop to look at a dwarf gourami to take her place. Then I saw these six gorgeous girls, looking a bit stressed out, in a bare tank. I held back and decided to shop around. I went into another shop (one I wouldn't normally touch with a barge pole, but I wanted to see if they'd improved, and whilst their staff were still ignorant, they had) to look at options there, and low and behold, a tank of ten females and an elephant nose. The elephant had the only shelter in the tank, and the girls were clearly unhappy with the bubble wall at the back. They were all extremely pale and very stripy, so I just chose six with different tail colours in the hope I'd be able to tell them all apart.
They all travelled home in the same bag in the topbox of a scooter. I let them float in my 15 gallon (the one in the picture), then released them. They all set off to explore the many hiding places, stare down the shrimp and snails and chase the tetras. Within an hour, everyone was living together peacefully.
They've changed a lot since that day.
Hera is still a dark brown, but her fins are a rich red with a tinge of blue.
Persephone has a brown body too, but with blue irridescence on her sides to a small degree. She is a mustard gas - her fins are mostly yellow with black edges, but the rays are a shiny blue. She looks plain til she catches the light, then WOW.
Medea was always going to be pretty. She has a dark blue body and fins with red rays.
Artemis was the prettiest when I first brought her home. She coloured up pretty quickly. She is a greenish turquoise and looks amazing.
Psyche has gone from being totally nondescript and colourless to being the belle of the ball. Her body is bluegreen, with a green and red tail.
Thetis was skinny and had trouble breathing when I first bought her. She is the most beautiful girl in the tank now, and a little bit chubby. She has developed a tail so big that she could be a plakat male, and has doubled in size. She's a royal blue with a red, blue and green tail, and is a total stunner.
All the girls look so much healthier than when I first got them, with rarely a stress stripe. They get on well with the ember tetras and only flare at each other when the weather gets really hot (I know how they feel). They all look like a tank of living jewels.
Last Saturday I went into the only shop in this city I still hate with a passion, and saw a one litre tank with 5 tiny girls in it. One was taken away to be medicated in a bowl of cold water (great) when I mentioned it. Three were slightly larger than the others and had some colour, and were bullying the fourth. I had to adopt her. She's barely an inch long, with a colourless body and very distinct stress stripes. She might have a red tail, but I can't tell. She's now in a 3 gallon with two big caves, a small one, a heater, a filter, live plants and an IAL and she is active and happy, not shy and hiding on the filter. She eats well and has grown a little. I'm not sure when to add her to the sorority (whilst she's still little so she's not a threat, is my current theory), but I want to try her. Even if they chase her, she's fast and has plenty of hiding spots. :)
So that's my sorority. :)