Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Beautiful high desert area of S. California
Betta sorority plus Dalmation Molly?
Hi -- I'm new here, and am learning so much from this board! I have a lone female betta in 20 gallon high. She has bottom dwellers, but no other "fish" so to speak. (3 Kuhli loaches, 2 Otos and a Mystery snail). She loves to dart from one end of the tank to the other, so even though I'd love to divide the tank and put a male on the other side, I truly think she'd be upset with half of her space gone.
I really want a sorority of 5 or 6 girls. But I've read horror stories of bully females attacking and even killing other girls in their sorority. I am so attached to this sweet, gentle little girl and would never forgive myself if another betta hurt her. So. . . I was thinking of getting a Dalmation Molly to see what her reaction is, before taking the big risk of introducing more girls. Mollies are supposed to be good community fish, am I right? If they do all right together, I was thinking of getting more girl bettas, then putting them all in my 10 gallon at the same time so there won't be territorial issues. That means moving my male betta into the 20 and putting the girls in the 10. If everything works out, I'll switch them back again. This way, maybe my current girl won't attack the newcomers coming into her space? What do you think? And if one of the new girls is a bully, I'm hoping Petsmart will take her back, as I don't have another tank set up.
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.