Originally Posted by Curlyfatbottom
Clamp fin,fish staying at the bottom or top and staying at a single spot.
My saying is if there no fighting among each other with no rip fin.
All the fish are health and can be kept together why not do it.
I will give you the same answer I give everyone who swears up and down a betta only needs a 0.5 gallon unheated bowls with monthly 100% water changes. If this seems like a rant, that is because it is very direct and to the point. If it seems a bit harsh it is because tone in forum post.
Just because your fish are healthy does not mean you are right.
Just because your fish aren't nipping at each other anymore does not mean you are right.
Just because a pecking order was established does not mean you are right.
Just because your fish aren't dead yet (and I do mean yet) does not mean you are right.
There is a difference between living and not being dead yet. The males who have lost the will to fight are not dead yet. There is a difference between thriving and surviving. The male who does have the will to fight is surviving by constantly intimidating an endless line of opponents. That is no way for any creature to exist even if the creature is able to adapt.
I will admit that my 5 gallon cycled tanks I am re-cycling for each of the new betta fish is a betta paradise. I will also admit that people with much simpler set ups have had fish for longer than I had Luigi and Snowy. By no means do I believe my way is the only right way. If a unique set up works for a unique situation then I'm gald when the person found a way around a problem.
However, I do call people out when they do something just because they feel they have a right to do something. If your curiousity about how well males can live together is satisfied, rehome your fish properly so they can thrive while living for the rest of their lives. Even if your curiousity isn't satisfied because you want to know who long males can live together before the inevitable happens, rehome them properly anyway.
I wouldn't start a sorority in a bare tank with no hiding spaces... -_-