Gonna try this again. . . . uggggh. My first post didn't go through, said I had to refresh page and log in again after I'd already posted a rather long post. Frustrating!
OK, so it looks like I really messed up. I did EVERYTHING wrong! Went to Petsmart early, before reading the posts this morning. Big mistake. I got three female bettas, a Dalmation Molly and a Julii Cory. Yep, I blew it.
Rearranged the tank somewhat (not much) and took my original girl out so I could release them all together, after the floating routine. Did that, and everything seemed fine at first except for some minor flaring. After a couple of hours though, it became apparent that one of the new girls is a bully (at least only one of them is, lol!) She was chasing my original girl, and then started chasing another one. No serious fighting, just a lot of fast chasing that I knew had to be stressful to the others. The Dalmation Molly just watched calmly, bothering no one, and no one bothering her either.
I was glad at this point that I'd bought a divider while I was at Petsmart, just in case this happened. But just my luck, it doesn't fit. There is a tiny space on both sides, and those fish have no trouble slipping through it! The bully was out in no time, but at least now my original girl can slip through the mesh a lot faster than the bully (who is quite a bit slower to figure things out) and get away. Found out why the divider doesn't fit. It says it'll fit a 29-55 gallon tank, and the salesgirl said it should fit my 20 high. Well, I just measured my tank, and its 12" deep, and the divider is 11.375." No wonder! So I'm going to take it back to Petsmart tomorrow and see if they'll refund me for it. Won't they just love me? If no refund, then lesson learned--always measure!
About the bully--what would you do? Would you take her back to Petsmart tomorrow? I feel that's the best thing to do. Would you get another female, or just keep the three? I keep reading you should have at least 4-5 in a sorority, but if these three will get along, I'd rather not take a chance at getting another bully. Know what I mean? And since someone said Mollies are happiest with their own kind, should I get another Mollie for her? Or would that just encourage aggressiveness toward the bettas?
The Julii Cory is stressing a bit tonight, and since he probably isn't as happy as he should be with the albinos, I'm going to get him another Julii while I'm there. If these problems continue, I'm almost tempted to just get some fancy guppies and keep just my originial betta!
10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.
20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.
55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.