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6 girls in a 10 gallon is already a lot of fish. It may not sound like it, but they'll be very active and enjoy the extra space.

There really isn't that much option for a 10gal sorority.
ok then it wlll be 6
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so should i add 1 fish then 3 fish then 2 fish?
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You could do least aggressive to most aggressive, but since I doubt you'll have time to get to know them all, I'd put them all in at once.

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D: i just started a sority in a 5gal! :( i have the other side split in half with my 2 males in it, i think i have a 15 gal tank...... or maybe 10 idrk...

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AND in your 10 gal with a male (if you do this) you can get mollies, and guppies (if they dont bite his tail) you know honestly, (i know this paragraph will start some kind of hate train like most of mine will but ive been doing ALOT of research lately) ive found out, that, any small fish, that minds its own business, and leaves your betta alone like....tetras, mollies,tiny goldfish, algae eaters, shrimp, snails and many more.... then you can put them in the tank with your lovely betta fishies! but if you get another aggressive fish then that's a big big big no no!!!! so any ways, good luck and have fun with your sorority !!! :) i hope you can have 2 10 gallons with lots of pretty fishies!!! BUT keep in mind goldfish have ALOT of bio-waste!!! its toxic i think ....

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Um, there's no such things as tiny goldfish. Only stunted goldfish.

Goldfish, mollies and even guppies all have completely different requirements than bettas. They all prefer hard, alkaline water with good water agitation.

Tetras, endlers and rasboras can be nippy depending on the individual fish and set-up, but they are much more suitable tank mates in terms of water conditions than the fish you mentioned.


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D: i just started a sority in a 5gal! :( i have the other side split in half with my 2 males in it, i think i have a 15 gal tank...... or maybe 10 idrk...
You have a divided 5g with females on one side, and two males on the other side? @.@ Regardless, females need to be kept in groups of 4+ which means a 10 gallon because a 5g will not give them the space to hide from either other as they need.

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5 gallons is too small for a proper sorority. In addition your females and males so close could drive your girls to get really eggy if they see each other..
Goldfish and mollies are both ammonia factories. Plus they are cold water and brackish, respectively..
10 gallon with a male:
-ember tetras/other peaceful tetras
-cory cats
-kuhli loaches
-platies
are all good places to start..

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AND in your 10 gal with a male (if you do this) you can get mollies, and guppies (if they dont bite his tail) you know honestly, (i know this paragraph will start some kind of hate train like most of mine will but ive been doing ALOT of research lately) ive found out, that, any small fish, that minds its own business, and leaves your betta alone like....tetras, mollies,tiny goldfish, algae eaters, shrimp, snails and many more.... then you can put them in the tank with your lovely betta fishies! but if you get another aggressive fish then that's a big big big no no!!!! so any ways, good luck and have fun with your sorority !!! :) i hope you can have 2 10 gallons with lots of pretty fishies!!! BUT keep in mind goldfish have ALOT of bio-waste!!! its toxic i think ....
There's quite a few things wrong with what you've said. The success of keeping bettas with tankmates doesn't depend solely on the tankmate. In my experience the betta's personality is a greater determining factor of success than what the tank mate is. I've kept several different bettas with cories, a fish that truly never bothers bettas, and it hasn't always worked because the betta is too aggressive. What you've said sounds like you can just plop any peaceful community fish in a tank with a betta and it will work out which is not the case.

Some of the suggestions you made for fish are incorrect. Mollies are brackish fish. Yes they can be kept in fresh water but it shortens their life span. They are also messy fish so I'm not certain I would keep a group of them in a ten gallon with a betta. In my experience they are also pretty nippy (could have just been my mollies). Goldfish are cold water fish and bettas require warm water so they are fairly incompatible. You did point out that goldfish produce a lot of waste which is true but this was in the same sentence as advocating them for a ten gallon tank. It's not recommended to keep most species of goldfish in anything less than 20 gallons with 30 gallons being preferred. In terms of algae eaters I'm not sure if you're referring to otos or plecos. The common pleco gets way too large for a ten gallon tank and otos are notoriously difficult to keep.
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You could do least aggressive to most aggressive, but since I doubt you'll have time to get to know them all, I'd put them all in at once.
wouldnt this cause an amonia spike?
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