8.) I am considering starting a betta sorority. Can anybody post some pics. of their sorority, and give me tips about how to get all the girls together? You can search the forums for threads on sororities. I must warn you MANY sororities fail and personally I don't recommend them for begginers. You really should have a good understanding of the body language of these fish before undertaking a sorority.I’ve heard that most girl bettas don’t fight, but that there are some aggressive ones. What do I do if they don’t get along? Many females will fight, it's a myth that they are more docile than males because just like males it is entirely dependent on the personality of the fish. If they are too aggressive you just have to remove them to their own tank, there's no way to force them to get along. That is why anyone who has a sorority should have enough tanks/room to house each fish individually if something goes wrong. Also I plan on quarantining all the girls before they go in to ensure everybody is healthy, and that all of them don’t get sick because of one or two of them. I plan on basically conditioning all of them (but not breeding them). Are there any foods or medicines I can use to make them all happy and healthy? Feed them a high quality diet. Good brands of pellets are NLS, Atison's, HBH, Betta Extreme, and Omega one. Frozen foods are also an excellent staple for bettas. A varied diet is the best possible thing you can give them. Try not to feed freeze dried foods very often if at all.. most of the nutritional value is removed during the drying process (much like potato chips for people). I’ve heard bettamax, indian almond leaf, and aquarium salt is great for bettas even if they aren’t sick. Bettamax is just a gimmick, I wouldn't buy it. IAL is excellent and I highly recommend it. Like I said in a previous question aquarium salt should only be used to treat specific things. Not as a general cure-all or tonic. I also heard that for the first day or two they will nip at each other and establish a pecking order, but what if one of them keeps picking on the others? Like I said before if one is continually aggressive you will need to house her separately or find her a new home (which can be hard), always have extra tanks on hand. Knowing the difference between establishing a pecking order and out and out aggression is key to maintaining a sorority. Also how do you make sure they all get their fair share of food? Feeding each separately is an option, personally I just made sure to spread the food wide across the aquarium so each fish could find food without another butting in. Generally speaking you may find you are over feeding the tank in an effort to make sure everyone is fed, that is why you will need to do more water changes than usual for the tank. I didn’t buy them yet. I’m making sure I know everything before I invest any money, but more than money I don’t want to invest my love without ensuring the life of my new little bettas. I can’t tell you how many times I buy fish from PetCo and am disappointed and heartbroken when my fishie dies. So any answers would be nice.
9.) What snails/cleaner animals are safe to keep in a sorority betta tank? There is no such thing as a cleaner animal.. anything you add to the tank is adding bioload which is going to mean more water changes. Can you just use anything? I really want to use a snail, but I’m not sure which one to get. Snails are excellent for cleaning up uneaten food and algae but remember, everything poops, so you will end up doing just as much tank maintenance as you would if you didn't have the snail.A nerite or mystery snail is a good option as they normally don't overpopulate a tank like others do. Do you have to quarantine snails to make sure they are clean? Every living thing, plant or animal should be quarantined. Personally I QT plants for at least 1 week and animals for at least 2 weeks, preferably 1 month.I want to use a 15 gallon tank, is there a snail that works particularly well for that size tank? Any snail will do in that size one or two mysteries would do fine.Do you have to feed a snail or do they basically feed themselves? Snails need a calcium rich diet to keep their shells in good condition. Supplementing whatever they eat in the tank with sinking wafers enriched with calcium or calcium rich veggies like spinach is essential to keeping your snail healthy. You can check out the tankmates section for threads about snail care.
10.) Also I would like a heater and a filter (they both should be betta friendly) for my 15 gallon, but I have issues finding one. Could anyone recommend a good heater/filter for a 15 gallon tank? For a 15 gallon tank I'd recommend an Aqua Clear 20 or 30 hang on the back filter. For heaters you can use a 75watt adjustable heater. Aqueon, visitherm, hydor, ehiem all make good heaters.
11.) I heard that if you have a sick fish from a community tank/sorority that you should remove it immediately to a 1 gallon bowl or jar. I know this much but, how often do I change the sick fish’s water,Depending on the size of the container you will want to do daily or every other day water changes. what food should I feed it, Continue to feed high quality foods like the ones I mentioned. should I give it anything in terms of dťcor, or should I leave the bowl blank? IAL is good for hospital tanks as they can hide under it as well as benefit from the tannins released. Adding a silk plant or a cave to make them feel comfortable is also recommended, as well as a heater obviously.What do I do with the other fish, because they may have been infected? Depending on what disease it is you may want to treat the entire tank. Isn’t good for sick fish to stay warm? Yes.If so that how do you heat a one gallon bowl? Personally I prefer hospital tanks that are at least 2-5 gallons. Plastic storage bins work GREAT as hospital tanks and you can get one in a 5 gallon size for much cheaper than a fish tank. This way you can use a 25 or 50 watt adustable heater and maintain a healthy temperature.
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