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Old 08-13-2012, 03:23 PM   #1 
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Empty 10 gallon

I recently purchased my first betta after college, and I only had a 1 gal vase to put her in. I've since purchased a 10 gallon that I'll be setting up in a week or so with a heater and filter, and I can't decide exactly what to do with it. I either wanted to split the tank in half and keep my female on one side and buy a male to keep in the other five gallons, or I was thinking of starting a sorority and keeping 5 female bettas in the tank undivided. Is ten gallons too small for that? If I do split the tank would it be stressful for her to have a male on the other side? I know some people do this before breeding, but I definitely do not intend to breed them. Thanks for any tips/advice.

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:44 PM   #2 
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20 gallon would be a lot better heavily planted.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:46 PM   #3 
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A male and female in a divided tank can be stressful. Also many times they will jump over the divided and mate.

A sorority is possible in a 10 gallon but it is a lot of work. You would need to have a quarantine tank that is heated for each girl for 2 weeks. It is not reccomended for a beginner.

My female betta is alone in a 10 gallon tank alone. she loves it! ;)
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20 is still better for sorioty veil tails seem to be more peaceful.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:50 PM   #5 
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Maybe it would be better to do a divided tank with one female on each side? I Don't really want to use the whole 10 gallon for 1 fish, not that she wouldn't enjoy it; I just feel that it would look a little empty. My current female, Belle, is a crown tail. So I'll nix the idea of a sorority. I am looking for a lower maintenance tank so keeping the bioload down is the better idea.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:51 PM   #6 
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A 10 gallon tank is fine for a sorority, just make sure it is fairly dense so the girls can get away from eachother. With a 10 gallon you could do 7 fine with no other fish. Look at other member's sororities to get an idea of what to do...

A male and a female is fine divided, though they may believe they are gonna breed. I would rather have a sorority though.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:53 PM   #7 
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Maybe it would be better to do a divided tank with one female on each side? I Don't really want to use the whole 10 gallon for 1 fish, not that she wouldn't enjoy it; I just feel that it would look a little empty.
it wont look empty, just decorate it nice! My girl is orange and her tank is natural colored, so she POPS. :)

If you wanna divide the tank, a female on each side is good.

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Old 08-13-2012, 04:01 PM   #8 
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teeneythebetta she's pretty, and you have a very nice tank, I'm going to go natural as well, I just haven't chosen plants yet.

I'm still thinking divided. Anyone have any tank divider suggestions? I saw they sell a type at petsmart, but reviews seem to rate them as difficult to set up.
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A 20 gallon would be better do not use any males and at least 3 females.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:35 PM   #10 
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A 20 gallon would be better do not use any males and at least 3 females.
Actually you need at least 4 girls. With 3, often times two gang up on the third.

Dividers, well I've heard the store bought ones suck! Try making these homemade ones: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...ividers-21866/
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