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Old 05-06-2012, 10:01 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Issues with a new sorority

Well, my grandma doesn't like having a tank for one fish, so she let me set up my ten gallon as a little sorority.
We could only put in three because our petco seemed to be almost of of females.

We got a purple one that was "for adoption" and a black one that was just there, and we already have one female that used to be my cousin's but was living in a tiny tank.

My grandma didn't tell me that the fish she already has might have SMD, and isn't looking so great. I have her a salt bath and her colors went almost back to normal (she was a red cambodian when we got her, now she's more of a charcoal and red color). She looked 100% so I waited a while and put all three in because my grandma didn't want to wait too long.

The purple one was a little aggressive at first, mostly towards the other girl we got from the store. After a while, they calmed. Now, the cambodian has darkened again, is torn up and is acting odd again. The black one is hiding and the purple is chasing them both around very aggressively. I put them all in cups until I decide what to do.

Any tips on what we can do? How can I treat the cambodian and is there a way around the agression?
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:03 PM   #2 
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Do you have enough hiding places for them? Live plants work really well. How did you introduce them to the tank?
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I have a medium sized cave and a long ship in there, and a lot of fake plants but no real ones because I haven't had a betta in about a year. It does have a of hiding spots compared to other sororities I've seen.
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For the torn fins, keep her in a QT and keep the water extra clean, and put in the right amount of AQ, also known as Aquarium Salt.

The aggression is normal, as they are making there so called "Pecking Order"
They are just organizing their "Pack" by submission and pecking.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:18 PM   #5 
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Will the AQ help with her (I'm assuming) SBD? My grandma apparently over fed her and I think it may be the cause of her sickness.

I'll probably keep her in a bare-bottomed container to monitor her, but what should I do with the other two girls? I've heard that the aggression will only increase if they're left alone.
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Lebron is right. Some aggression is normal. They chase and sometimes even nip to establish who is in charge and to establish territories.

Right now I have a similar sorority up and going. A 10 gal with 3 females. Mine are siblings, however. There are 3 decorations for hiding along with both fake silk plants and live plants. I recently added some floating water wisteria. I highly recommend it. My tank queen is really happy with the floating wisteria.
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Yeah, I expected some aggression, but with Flower getting sick I don't think she can take very much.
Should I just cup them and wait until Flower feels better? I'm not worried about the fins, I have medicine running in my tank for that, because I was expecting some torn finnage.

My main issue is, what should I do with Drew and Nemesis while I wait for Flower to recover (she has been sick for a while, I assume) or I replace her?
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