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Old 11-02-2012, 07:50 PM   #1 
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10 Gallon Sorority

Not sure if I want to ever do this because the risk is too much for me but how many girls can you fit in a 10 gallon naturally planted tank COMFORTABLY? At the same time still making the group safe as far as numbers go. I was thinking 4-5 almost 2 gallons per fish. Would that guess be correct?

VS Oto's or pygmy corries what is the standard for them about 4-5 fit comfortably with one betta female? Just trying to get up a good community tank for nix. I would love to have some beautiful fish with her but my guess is she would beat up guppies, frogs, and maybe even oto's or corries depending on how large they can get to defend themselves. I also thought about other female betta and I just want to make sure in the end the community set in place will be the best option for nix.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:56 PM   #2 
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Not sure about the Otos or cories, but 4-5 girl bettas would do fine in a 10 gallon. I would go with a total of 5 at the most rather than 4.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:00 PM   #3 
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I have had 6 in a 10 gallon at one time. But 5 would work perfect
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:41 PM   #4 
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Sorority - 5-6, but you could squeeze in up to 8 if you had live plants.
Otos - You could fit 5 with a female betta.
Pygmy Cories - You could fit 6 with a female betta.

Keep in mind that otos are very fragile and will often die out of the blue, they can often starve as many are wild caught and cannot get used to prepared foods. Pygmy Corydoras are good, but I think the corydoras hasborus is quite fragile. Best to go with something like corydoras pygmaeus or corydoras hastatus. :)
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:15 PM   #5 
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Yeah I had a go with otos once but I could never get them to eat. All the other fish ate the algae wafers I tried to give them and even the zucchini! But for some poeple, otos turn out to be great so if you really want them go ahead and give them a shot.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:35 PM   #6 
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I say around 10 is possible. 1 gallon per fish works out fine if you do water changes often enough. If I had to, and I had only fair interests in those females, I would try even 15 females in a 10 gallon. However, for my gorgeous and expensive females, I house them in 1 gallon jar drip system. So far so good, haven't caught a disease that would kill or spread between the fishes yet.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:03 PM   #7 
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No offense but that is way too many fish in a 10 gallon tank. Even if you are a level wizard at keeping your water params at 0 your females would be very stressed out due to small territories. Bettas like to claim territories and with a 10 gallon among 10-15 bettas there would be to small of territories. They would most likely fight more often.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:03 PM   #8 
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O.O 10 is WAY WAY WAY overstocking, H no that is abusive.

Agree 100% with Leo, 10-15 in a 10 gallon is cruel and dangerous. The rule is 1 gallon per inch of fish, betta can be up to 2 inches thus 2 gallons per fish, 5 fish is the highest I honestly feel you should safely go.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:38 PM   #9 
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Yeah 15 bettas is like putting them back in cups. You should start out with 5; 2 gallons of space for each fish. Well, the alpha might be a little greedy eventually and could own a little more space for herself but that's why you should keep the numbers low.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:40 PM   #10 
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What's best for first introducing girls? Can you divide the tank into 5 parts for a few weeks to just get use to each other or just do the add the most docile in first and then the most aggressive last? I want to go for oto's but I can't find a place that sells them around here and I'm afraid to ship them since people say they don't do well in shipping.
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