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Old 12-26-2012, 07:59 PM   #21 
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I over-filtered my 10 gallon, had lots of ammonia uptaking plants such as milfoil and duckweed, and did water changes twice a week.

If you have some other species they can help distract your females from each other. If you went for a schooling fish I would be more inclined to use a robust danio or rasbora species. They tend to be fast enough and tough enough to handle any aggression the females might throw at them.

Peaceful algae eaters or lower level fish such as otocinclus, small plecos or corydoras can also work.

I think it just depends on the temperament of your sorority as a whole. I couldn't put any fish in with my sorority. They killed and ate two of the medaka I was using as test fish in about the first half hour of introduction so you do have to keep that in mind. I would probably actually purchase the other fish first and then introduce your females into the sorority.

I've found bettas tend to react with less aggression when they are the intruding on another fish's territory.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:02 PM   #22 
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hmmm, interesting. Will the females ever make friends? I'm assuming not
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:06 PM   #23 
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I don't think fish make friends. They will tolerate each other and get used to each other's company, but I don't think they will ever be 'friends'. Even schooling fish don't have friends. They just stay together because they have no other defense except for survival in numbers.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:12 PM   #24 
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Yeah, that's what I was meaning. Thanks! Any tips or anything?
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:16 PM   #25 
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I put some tips on the first page. But here are some basic things I learned from when I had sororities.
  • Provide as much cover as possible
  • Always ensure your parameters are perfect
  • Choose the youngest, healthiest females you can find
  • Be prepared to separate out continued aggressors either temporarily or permanently
  • Make sure everyone gets a bite to eat during feeds, and that no one female is being picked on by the others
  • Quarantine any new arrivals for two weeks
  • Always stock as many females as you can to spread out aggression and stop individual fish from being ganged up on
  • Finally, take the time to sit down and enjoy your hard work!
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:35 PM   #26 
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Thanks! :D
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