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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Sorority Agression

I released 6 females into my 10g on thursday. At first there was mostly chasing and hardly any bites.

Today I came home from work to find that one of the girls (who seems to get chased and bit more than the rest do) has had her fins torn pretty badly. I isolated the fish that I think is responsible. (she chases and bites most of the other girls as well, just not as bad)

Now I don't know what to do.
Should I take her (the biter) out of the sorority permanently and replace her with a new fish? Give it time and reintroduce her (if so how long should I wait?)? Let her go back in now and let them all figure out the pecking order?

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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 06:20 PM
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Some females are just more agressive than others... I have to be honest and say that I never have tried putting bettas with bettas together but I have put neons with my betta and he did pick on one a lot and even torn one's fin! I watched him and after a awile he got used to the little guys. You could try putting her back in with monitoration. If she is still just too aggressive consider getting her a tank of her own. :) It may take a while for her to get used to the new company.

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This female has already torn almost all of the other girls's anal fins and two girls's caudal fins.

I think she's gonna have to get her own tank. And I'm gonna get another girl to take her place in the sorority tank.
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If you float her in a clear tubberware for a few days (just be sure to do 100% water changes daily to keep her water clean) and then reintroduce her, she might settle down some.

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+1 jkfish

iv had to do that with some of my girls. Float her for a week.

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Yep I had to float a naughty gal too. After a week she was fine.

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Also, how heavily planted is your tank? (fake or real)

Its not really recommended to have more then 4-5 girls in a 10 gallon.

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Also, how heavily planted is your tank? (fake or real)

Its not really recommended to have more then 4-5 girls in a 10 gallon.
6 is fine, I had 7 in a 10g. I moved them to a 14g, but still, six is fine.

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Also, how heavily planted is your tank? (fake or real)
I have 5 small-ish sword plants, 2 java fern, 2 bamboo, 3 large fake plants, one small fake plant.

I also have a reef deoration, 3 small glass cups, a fake tree stump cave thing, and a rock thet is leaned against the side of the tank that the girls can hide behind. Oh, and a martini glass filled with glass stones that my smallest girl likes to hang out in/next to.

Despite all of this, they mostly stay in the open areas.

Here is a pic of the tank
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very colorful and creative. I love it. I think you have plenty of hiding spaces. I use 4 coffee mugs and they like those. I have 6 gals in a ten gallon. They had issues at first and I have wanted to give up several times, I tell you. These gals can be a pain but they are worth it. I don't know if I sound like a total idiot or not but I see you have two tall plants and no lid. I love my lid since it keeps debree out (I have three doggys) and the girls in. If you were able to put a lid on there you could also add another gallon or two of water it looks like. May help with the little bit of extra swimming room. Ignore me everybody if I sound goofy please I was just thinking.

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