I have an empty 10 gallon tank that I plan to get started and cycling. Once I have decorations and get my silk plants in the mail, I'm going to get it going. I have not decided whether to start a sorority or just divide the tank between a couple males. If I just divide it, I'll probably plan to get a bigger tank for a sorority.
If I decide to start a sorority, what steps should I take to get it set up?
I know that it's best to buy females around the same size as each other. I also know that lots of plants and cover will reduce aggression. Then they have to decide the pecking order, as well.
My question is, how would you introduce them into the tank? Should I quarantine them before putting them together? I don't have enough tanks to really do that so they might be forced to stay in those awful cups from the store. Not sure if that would be alright or how to properly do water changes with small cups if that's the case. Unless someone knows of some super cheap tanks that would work since I'm not the richest person around.
But how would you get them in the tank? Let their cups float in the water to get them use to the temp for an hour or so then just let them loose? Or is there something you can do to find out the compatibility of the females before getting them in? Or?
Pretty much, what have you guys done when starting up a sorority tank? I want to be prepared before I dive into this.