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Old 11-14-2009, 11:01 AM   #1 
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Need some opinions on this set up

Ok, so my number of bettas just moved to seven, and I need to figure out how to keep them heated and happy. I have jars, but if I did that they would need tons of water changes.

I have an 18-gallon plastic Sterilite container and a ten gallon tank.

The Sterilite is about half-full of water and heated and I place various tanks and pitchers inside of it, with the fish in them.

I am planning on putting one male in a heated 2.5 gal by himself, and place the other three males in two 1 gallons and one 2.5 gal in the heated Sterlite container, with the females free swimming around in the container. Will this be safe for the females? There's three of them, will the plastic tub be safe for them to swim around in?
I cannot use the ten gallon because that will be my spawning tank.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:29 PM   #2 
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You have to make sure that the each male betta's top is covered, otherwise either the male or the females could jump and that wouldn't be good. But I guess it could work.
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Old 11-14-2009, 04:19 PM   #3 
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Thanks. Yes, the males are definitely covered. I did try the females together, and it did not work. They were fighting pretty badly and one of them had torn fins in a matter of minutes. So they are seperated now.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:43 PM   #4 
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Yes, from what I've learned in here, you need plenty of hiding places to have a sorority.....so best keep them apart for now. Also, you need at least four girls for it to work.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:16 PM   #5 
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Really? Why do you need four? (Just curious.)
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:28 PM   #6 
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So that 2 of them don't pick on the other one. If you have 4 it sort of balances it out, where just 1 isn't getting picked on.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:31 PM   #7 
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Ok, thanks!
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:24 PM   #8 
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The more you have the more it spreads out the aggression.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:05 AM   #9 
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That does make sense. They all stayed in a tight little group and were picking on one female.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:27 AM   #10 
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what will u do with all the fry after u breed?
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