Originally Posted by Roemgie
So since I know there are several people who are knowledgable on sororities, or I believe, I have a questions. So I brought two new females home from petco. One had been marked as a baby but she must have just recently matured because she has eggs but is still fairly small.
I honestly didn't realize how small her and the other one were until I put them into my 10 gallon tank. My 'older' girl from petco is doing fairly well and is swimming among the other girls but my smaller 'younger' girl is usually in hiding. I do know that some prefer to stay away and being so small she is most likely scared. I'm actually sure of it.
Should I take her out and allow her to grow up a little more or do you think she is fine with the 4 other girls? I feel like my tank is fairly well suited for a sorority but I could be wrong.
She is doing a great job at hiding and doesn't have any major injuries. She has a little scrap on her head I think but I'm not 100% sure where it came from.
I keep them in breeder boxes if they're too small. I kept my baby betta in a breeder box for at least a month before I let her join the others. An advantage to being small though is speed. She was smaller than the rest when I let her join the sorority, but she wasn't afraid at all often chasing the queen and when the queen decided she was in charge, darted off real fast without a scratch! Her favorite area seems to be where the most current is - she can swim in it much better than the others.
I now have 2 new girls in the group and they are pretty small, Molly the smallest now. They are scared, but they are new to the group and after over a week in boxes in the tank they're still cautiously exploring even though they had full view inside the tank for so long. They're always going to be scared at first. Molly is now my fastest betta - she's quick! She'l slow down when she gets bigger as I suspect she'l outgrow the one that was a baby betta.
Baby bettas don't seem to always get up to full size.