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Old 06-03-2012, 09:13 PM   #1 
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Making a betta sorority

I am thinking of turning my 29 gallon into a sorority. What are some things I need to know?
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:41 AM   #2 
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There is a sticky with more details, but from what I've read....

10 G minimum, you have that covered.
At least 5 females!
Lots of hiding places
Monitor them closely when introducing so you can take action if one is being a bully - and a place to give any such offenders a timeout.

I've been thinking of setting one up myself (the kids keep asking about getting "our girls"), and I saw a lovely pink and white girl at the store last weekend, and was sad to have to let her stay.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:44 AM   #3 
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Tons of plants.

Like... live, fabric, silk. TONS Stuff the tank so you can barely see through to the other side! Trust me. You'll regret it if you don't. Low plants, mid plants and tall plants, floating plants...you name it

Also, have a few cheapy quarantines on hand. DO NOT ADD FEMALES RIGHT AWAY. they can be carrying parasites, or unseen diseases that can kill off your sorority, have you tear the tank down to sanitize, etc. Don't risk it!

Umm...Well I had a 29 long, with 4 gals, which was nice. It looked empty. But I'm finding 5-8 girls is enough 10 is alright too. Just so you can count and see each one, they can scout a good amount of territory, and generally will get along. Don't over stock

Be aware torn, chewed and ripped fins will happen, don't pull everyone out because of it... they have to sort themselves!
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:36 PM   #4 
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Be aware torn, chewed and ripped fins will happen, don't pull everyone out because of it... they have to sort themselves!
Do the torn fins ever go away? Or do they just keep chewing each other? Just wondering because my sorority has been going for a few weeks and they all look tattered (though some are worse than others).
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:39 PM   #5 
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Ehhh....yes and no. I mean, my alpha tends to heal better than the others, the lowest of them gets tattered fins now and then... I've had 4 siblings who maybe once in a while took a chunk of fin out. But then they were fine. Now this new sorority, they seem to have tattered fins no matter what and they have 40 glorious gallons for 4 of them.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:00 PM   #6 
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Well I am going to ask my dad to bring me to the petstore tomorrow and pick up a few girls. :) Can I add different tails together?
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:10 PM   #7 
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Oh, of course Try getting ones of equal size... this is your first sorority right? I know some people get away with giants and youngin's with normal bettas, however for a first time sorority owner, I suggets equal size... grab at least 4 =D
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:12 PM   #8 
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I will see what they have. :)
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:28 PM   #9 
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my sorority has been running great- since i got the male plakat out xD just make sure they didn't accidentally mark a boy as a girl. also if you just do 4 or 5 girls you can have other community fish in there, just like Sena said, don't overstock :)

oh also, if you do other community fish, make sure your females don't hog all the food. Peach always gorges herself on bottom feeder wafers @_@
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:44 PM   #10 
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I agree on that make sure to get for sure females: egg spot, rounder tummy, shorter ventrals (plakat males tend to be more...husky. streamlined. and longer ventrals!!!), etc.

I had female guppies with my sorority, in the 29 long and it was pretty good! I added males eventually, and only the long finned one was bullied... so he was removed.
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