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Old 06-06-2011, 09:01 AM   #1 
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tank size for females?

i am thinking of getting a couple female bettas (i have six males and no females) but since they are a lot smaller than the males, can i keep 2 or 3 together in a 2.5 gallon tank?

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:56 AM   #2 
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x: noooooooo. that's way too small to keep that many females. minimum size for a group, is 4~6 in a 10 gallon. x: you can keep ONE in a tank that size, but that's it.
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oh ok! can i have two in a five gallon, or do i need to have at least 4?
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A 5 gallon is not appropriate unless you divided it between two females, like I did. Two will fight, and one will probably end up dead. You HAVE to have at least a 10 gallon with at least 4 females to keep them together.
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You can only have one betta in a 5 gallon. One female per tank, unless in a 10 gallon sorority with 4-6 females. Any less in any smaller of a tank will result in bad fights between the girls.
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ok! so i'll either keep them separate, divide the five gallon, or save up for a ten gallon and buy four
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Old 06-06-2011, 12:41 PM   #7 
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Yeah, my two females are perfectly happy having a side of the 5 gallon to themselves. I think that's the best way to go. Sororities usually don't end well, according to all the threads I've seen on this site. I don't think I would ever have one.
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Even if you have 3, 2 will gang up on the third and harrass her to death.
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:07 PM   #9 
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x: noooooooo. that's way too small to keep that many females. minimum size for a group, is 4~6 in a 10 gallon. x: you can keep ONE in a tank that size, but that's it.
I wouldn't do less than six but you CAN do six in anything over 8 gallons.
I find the ten to be a little tight with 12

You can get away with six girls if you add a pair of bloodfin or other such pair-happy fish. My girls have always gotten along well with a male guppy, male mollys, the bloodfins and most female guppies. I had one girl guppy get to over 3 inches in size and she became dominant fish.

But back to the question. A five gallon tank should never be used for any multiple fish that add up to over five inches. Each girl full grown is 2 inches, so you could have two and a half betta girls in a 5.5. Which is exactly what you'd have if you put in 3.
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