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Old 09-08-2012, 11:22 AM   #1 
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Tiny female betta getting mating stripes

Hi so I got two female bettas about a week and a half ago and one is 1 inch and a half and the smaller one is 1 inch. The big one has not gotten rid of her stress stripes and I have her in a 5 gal with heater and plants and all and I had the smaller one there too but the big one chased her all the time and bit her so I took little girl out. The small one was moved to a tank near my big boy and got the vertical stripes which mean she is ready to mate... what do I do to get rid of the striped of BOTH of them?
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:12 PM   #2 
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The stripes your seeing that look like stress stripes just means she's developing her color. All young bettas have them at some point.

The girl with the vertical stripes- is she in the tank with a male or is her tank beside a male's tank? If she's in the tank, remove her immediately because males and females cannot coexist in one tank. If her tank is next to his, put a piece of cardboard or something between the tanks so they can't see each other.

AND.. For future reference.. Females MUST live in groups of 4 + in tanks 10 gallons of larger. So never put only two or three together. If not in a large enough group they will kill each other. Some females are individually too aggressive to live with others though.
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The stripes your seeing that look like stress stripes just means she's developing her color. All young bettas have them at some point.

The girl with the vertical stripes- is she in the tank with a male or is her tank beside a male's tank? If she's in the tank, remove her immediately because males and females cannot coexist in one tank. If her tank is next to his, put a piece of cardboard or something between the tanks so they can't see each other.

AND.. For future reference.. Females MUST live in groups of 4 + in tanks 10 gallons of larger. So never put only two or three together. If not in a large enough group they will kill each other. Some females are individually too aggressive to live with others though.
The little girl is in a separate tank, thanks I'll put something between them. As for the group where I live female bettas are really difficult to find I was lucky to get those 2, can they live in separate 3g tanks?
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:28 PM   #4 
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Yes, they can live separately. :) Follow Teeney's advice, I'm pretty sure she had a sorority once as well.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:28 PM   #5 
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The little girl is in a separate tank, thanks I'll put something between them. As for the group where I live female bettas are really difficult to find I was lucky to get those 2, can they live in separate 3g tanks?
Yes they can live in seperate 3 gallon tanks, just make sure you clean each tank twice weekly- do 1 50% water change and 1 100% water change each week on each tank :)
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:24 PM   #6 
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awww
this post made me think of Shiro....RIP little one..

picture of her showing stripes at .75in....

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Old 09-08-2012, 05:17 PM   #7 
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thanks for all of your help! And my piccola is just like your shiro :) im sorry she passed away
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