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Old 03-09-2013, 09:16 PM   #1 
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Would my tank be overcrowded?

I currently have a 10 gallon tank with 2 female bettas, 3 zebra danios and 2 shrimp.
My friend found a sickly betta at the pet store and decided to take her home. Knowing that I'm a betta enthusiast, she gave her to me and I've kept her in a 1 gallon bowl for her to recover in.
Now that she's healthy and doing well, I was wondering if I'd be overcrowding the 10 gallon tank if I put her in there. I'm currently short on money, so I can't get her her own tank, so if I couldn't she'd be staying in the bowl until I saved up enough money.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:25 PM   #2 
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it should be fine, might be better to diffuse the agression.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:30 PM   #3 
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Three females are probably going to cause problems if they are all in together. What usually happens is that the most aggressive two gang up on the weakest. I'm surprised your two females don't fight amongst themselves already.

To house female splendens together you need a group of at least five individuals (some say four but I think five is better). Otherwise you will tend to run into problems with aggression in the future.

Zebra danios are not really a 10 gallon tank fish either. They are an active schooling fish, and need a lot of swimming space that a 10 gallon just can't provide.

If the one gallon bowl is heated I would probably keep her in there. The other two may attack her if you choose to add her into your 10 gallon.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:56 PM   #4 
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Three females are probably going to cause problems if they are all in together. What usually happens is that the most aggressive two gang up on the weakest. I'm surprised your two females don't fight amongst themselves already.

To house female splendens together you need a group of at least five individuals (some say four but I think five is better). Otherwise you will tend to run into problems with aggression in the future.

Zebra danios are not really a 10 gallon tank fish either. They are an active schooling fish, and need a lot of swimming space that a 10 gallon just can't provide.

If the one gallon bowl is heated I would probably keep her in there. The other two may attack her if you choose to add her into your 10 gallon.
I was surprised myself that the two don't fight.
My oldest girl, who was the first betta in the 10 gallon, has always been very calm and docile, so when I rescued the second one, I decided to take a chance and stick her in there and hoped they wouldn't fight so I wouldn't have to remove her. Oddly enough, they have never gotten into any kind of altercation. They actually rarely leave each others' side now.
And the danios were the very first fish I got for that tank, before I found out they needed more space, and I've gotten too attached to get rid of them. I'll have to figure out what to do with them then.

I'll try to save up to get her her own tank and play it safe.
Thanks! :)
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:07 PM   #5 
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If your existing females seem to be living together peacefully now, I think it is better not to add the other female. Relationships between female bettas can be tenuous at best, and all it can take is the addition of someone new to send everything into chaos.

No worries on the danios. I know they can be a popular choice for those new to fish keeping and are often recommended for tanks that are in reality much too small for them.

What you have planned sounds good. Great to hear she has recovered after what sounds like a bad start.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:34 AM   #6 
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+1. As my sorority girls died off, my final two girls formed an incredibly close bond. It is a risk, but you get to know your fish and are able to call the shots on things like that. Sometimes it breaks the rules, but sometimes it needs to.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:12 AM   #7 
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Zebra Danios need at least a 20 gallon tank and a school of 6+. I'd get rid of them.
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