First one and the blue one behind it are definitely females, the second one in front looks like a young male.
Thanks! The fish guy at the pet store told me that because these have been brought up together (they were about 12 weeks old) and have never been separated, it'd be safe to keep a couple together in one tank. We were talking about 2-4 fish, not a regular sorority. Is this true?
As long as they have definitely never been separated and will not be separated then yes, most likely they will live harmoniously if they are siblings regardless of gender. But Betta Splendens are also very unpredictable so one of those females might end up ganging up on the male and slaughtering him, OR they may live harmoniously until their old. It's hard to say for sure since we don't know the disposition of the parents, if the parents were more docile then there is more of a chance that the babies will also be docile as well :)
2-4 isn't ideal in most cases but for siblings there is just an overall higher chance of them getting along provided they never were/will be separated, that's the biggest factor; separation. Once they are separated, they tend to not be so content in a sorority/community setting which is why sibling sororities work over regular sororities unless you just happen to find fantastically docile females haha.
But again, the reverse is always too, sometimes fish just "snap" and change their personality once they hit a certain age, just depends on a lot of factors that some are controlled and others aren't so in the end, it's still a gamble.
There were plenty more in the tank, not just the three that I managed to take pictures of :) how can you tell what fish are more docile? Would it be the ones that stick together and don't show stress stripes / have more colour? There were two that looked like the male that didn't move much, they were just hovering in the plant leaves and didn't want to socialise with other fish. Should I avoid these, as well as fish that chase others?
Yeah, since these are pet store fish there's no way to tell what their parents were like :(
I know that for a regular sorority you'd need to have at least six females in a heavily planted tank, but with these would two females in let's say, a 5 gallon with plenty of places to hide be okay? If I were to pick out two fish that seem to get along, what are the chances of them turning against each other? Obviously if this happens I'd have to seperate them, either by a divider or into seperate tanks.
I'd love to try raising a couple of these young fish, they're so cute!
There is absolutely no way to tell one from another if they are docile or not unfortunately. As with everything else, it's all a gamble.
A normal sorority is 3 or more females ideally, the more the better though. The same still applies for sibling females, you still want at least 3 and 10 gallons is still minimum, if you put them in a 5 gallon, they still don't have enough space to run from each other.
If you were to get the fish directly from the breeder and you know they are more docile and get along, then maybe you can do just the two but still you'd want a 10 gallon at least just for them to set up their own territories.
Did the store owner breed those fish himself or did he get them elsewhere?
I think this topic should be moved to another thread as well since we're getting off topic for this thread ^_^
I was shopping around for tank decor today, and one of my stops was Petco. OF COURSE I had to go look at the babies. It was so sad! There were 8 babies... of them, 5 were dead, 2 were very sickly, and only 1 looked healthy. I feel so bad for them to end up like that
I also went to Walmart, Petsmart and a local pet store and thankfully, no sad little baby bettas.