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Old 09-07-2012, 07:08 PM   #1 
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Normal sorority nipping

I have a sorority of 5 females in a 15gal. The fish have been doing well for about a month now. But every few days they each get ripped fins to varying degrees. When I watch them, no one really fights for an extended amount of time. Just a few nips and a short chase. The tears heal up. No fin rot. It's just a constant cycle of tears and healing. Is this normal? Maybe I need more plants? The plants are long and cover a lot of the top but the picture doesn't show it. I don't believe it's the plants tearing up their fins. Just constant short little fights.


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Old 09-08-2012, 01:50 AM   #2 
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Your tank could use more plants but the behavior is completly normal.
I have a heavily planted 15 galons with 6 girls (all siblings) and most of them have nipped fins... one of them is harrasing another right now!
I have so many plants it's hard to see the back of the tank and still have females misbehaving... as long as it is not very violent they will be ok.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:14 AM   #3 
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Perfectly happy females will still nip. It's what they do.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:35 PM   #4 
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I love your piggies!! Where did you get them?
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:39 PM   #5 
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Seven or eight girls if you can afford to take care of them. In a well maintained tank each girl is just an inch.
The more girls there are, the deeper and smoother the pecking order will be and the more likely that a third girl will interfere with a fight.
I've got a single male molly who's "a girl betta" by behavior and he actually patrols the fights for me some of the time.

You'll still get nipping and fin-tears.

Watch out for territorial girls and if you find one, chase her with a stick for a moment or two. Assert yourself as head girl.

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Old 09-08-2012, 11:15 PM   #6 
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Ok. I will buy more plants and luckily my gf bought 3 copper/black females from a fish auction last night. (She's a keeper) ty for your inputs :)

The pigs are ashtrays I found at a Japanese store called marukai. You put the cigarette you know where. Its true. They only cost like $1.50 or something.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:44 PM   #7 
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More plants in the open areas in your tank will help break up the sight line, enabling girls being chased to lose their pursuers, hopefully resulting in fewer actual nips :) As long as they're not taking big chunks out of each other nipping is part of how they decide who is in charge. Being such a territorial fish, they test the boundaries with each other pretty frequently. My girls know they can just zip down to the bottom of the tank and take a few turns and they'll be safe :P
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:38 AM   #8 
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Ditto on the more plants thing. 20G with 6 bettas. One of them turned out to be a male (mislabeled as a female). I don't know if them all growing up in the same tank together has anything to do with it, but all of mine seem to be pretty mellow. Every once in a while, I see someone with a minor nip but that's about it. I can't even tell who the alpha is.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:05 AM   #9 
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My current group of females live pretty peacefully together. They have been very jostled around these last couple of months and I have definitely noticed more nipping when there has been less cover.

I would suggest adding more plants to the front right hand side of your tank. It is very bare along there and there is really nothing to prevent your females from chasing each other around and around.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:02 AM   #10 
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Ok. I will buy more plants and luckily my gf bought 3 copper/black females from a fish auction last night. (She's a keeper) ty for your inputs :)

The pigs are ashtrays I found at a Japanese store called marukai. You put the cigarette you know where. Its true. They only cost like $1.50 or something.
Those piggies are great!!!

My girls, 5 in a 10 gal, are pretty much the same. I had 6 and they were a bit more peaceful, but one died unexpectedly and we haven't found her replacement. It's funny how one dying affected the pecking order. One of the top females is now the bottom female. One of the bottom females is now alpha and has grown a HUGE amount!
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