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Old 08-08-2012, 10:01 AM   #1 
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aquabid female?

im in the market for 2 new females for my 10 gal sorority (im down to 3) and ive been browsing through the females on aquabid. but since ive had a little trouble with my sorority and keeping the peace, is it worth it to buy a nice female off aquabid if theres a big chance she might get killed? im going to buy more plants for my tank once i get paid so hopefully things get a little less aggressive after that.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:04 AM   #2 
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It really just depends on the fish. If you choose a female with longer fins she might get bitten on more easily than a female with shorter fins (not always the case, but for me it has been a factor if there is a more aggressive girl in the sorority). You just never really know until you get it really.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:15 AM   #3 
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It's going to be a toss up no matter where the girls come from. You definitely want to make sure to rearrange the decor/plants, and reintroduce all the girls at the same time back into the tank once you get your new girls.
If there is only one that is being a bully you may just want to separate her in her own tank.. one of the risks with sororities, you will have to rehome some. If you want certain girls because of their looks, then get them but be prepared in case things don't work out.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:01 PM   #4 
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I've just bought two beautiful females on aquabid and they were healthy as could be upon arrival! Just make sure you either get EMS overnight shipping, or if you opt for Express Mail, CALL YOUR POST OFFICE and ask them to hold the package for you so you can come pick it up from there - if you don't, the fish will be stuck in that box in a mail truck with no A/C for who knows how many hours, and that's the most dangerous aspect of mailing fish. I also prefer to buy from within the US because the idea of a betta having to be shipped over from Thailand would make me feel guilty.

Also, you can contact breeders on aquabid directly and ask if they have any females that would do well in a sorority. They tend to know a lot more about their fish than pet stores and can purposely send girls with more docile personalities. Often they will sell to you directly so you don't even have to worry about other bidders on an auction. Of course, you'll need to quarantine for 3 weeks and the fish may be stressed and aggressive at first just because of the stress of the journey. And there's no sure way to predict if a female will do well in a sorority. Some fish just aren't meant to live with others.

So far, all of the sellers I've worked with both on aquabid and ebay have been super helpful and knowledgeable, and able to help me pick out the right fish for my situation :) One seller who is particularly helpful is blackwaterbetta on ebay (she also has a Facebook page where she posts about her fish for sale and updates on her fry).

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