Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Compatibility
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-23-2012, 12:53 PM   #1 
CLCDiver
New Member
 
CLCDiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Adding to a sorority

I just established my first ever betta sorority. 4 females who were all introduced to the tank together (first given only visual access to each other, then allowed to explore freely). After a few days of chases and a bit of fin nipping they had settled down quite nicely (especially after adding some rasboras, which seemed to distract the bettas from each other).

But I'm currently fighting an attack of columnaris, and have already lost two of my females. The two remaining females aren't bothering much with each other, but everything says you should not keep only 2 females together. What I'm wondering is what is the procedure for adding new females to a tank with existing females who already have staked their claim on the tank?

(Of course, this is assuming that the treatment is successful and I wouldn't dream of adding more fish until the tank is healthy again.)
CLCDiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 01:29 PM   #2 
LebronTheBetta
Member
 
LebronTheBetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: MD
First off, I'm so sorry you're tank has had an outbreak. :( Best of luck to you and your remaining fish. Sorry for all the losses..

What I've heard, you're supposed to move the decorations around to different places in the tank. That way, you can start all over with the new females and current. And to let them acclimate to the current ones, you have to float them with each other. Make sure they see each other and the floating intro is supposed to last 2-6 days.
LebronTheBetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 01:55 PM   #3 
ChoclateBetta
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Virginia
Yes move the decorations around but also figure out what led to the outbreak.
ChoclateBetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #4 
kfryman
Member
 
kfryman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Fremont, CA
When I added one of my girls afterwards, my girls had no problem adjusting with her, just nipped fins. Didn't move anyone out or rearrange do to live plants, which take forever to rearrange.
kfryman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 02:40 PM   #5 
ChoclateBetta
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Virginia
You had one of those rare cases.
ChoclateBetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 03:30 PM   #6 
aemaki09
Member
 
aemaki09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North Central, OH
I just added to my sorority without moving decorations or existing fish today and have no problems with any of that, they are trying to establish a pecking order with flaring and what not, but arent really nipping or chasing too much. Maybe I just got lucky and have all calm females?
aemaki09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 03:32 PM   #7 
ChoclateBetta
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Virginia
Some people have success with what is not reccomended. Glad it worked out.
ChoclateBetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2012, 11:09 AM   #8 
Xeek
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
The EXACT same thing happend to me. Except I went from 6 females down to 3, and then the 3rd one had to be moved to another tank and also died of infection.

The remaining to bettas seemed to get along perfectly for several days even shoaling some. Eventually one began to pick on the other and the less aggressive one got nipped nicely.

My theory is after the most aggressive female or both females realize they are the only two in the tank and the other females are gone, that is when the aggression balance is knocked off kilter. Without more bettas to spread the aggression around one betta will pick on the other and no other bettas around to keep her on guard.

The trick is to have bettas that want to attack, but rather than attack they're more distracted about being on guard with other bettas around. That's the theory around spreading out the aggression.

After several days you may noticed a problem. I recommend buying some more girls like I did. I started over. I'm now back up to 4 girls in the tank together. It's a 16 gallon so I bought 3 more girls which are in holding tanks. I don't add them to the group until the stress from transport and petshop tinkering has gone down and they are comfortable.
Xeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2012, 03:12 PM   #9 
ChoclateBetta
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Virginia
I think with less in the tank avalible room was too much and they did not know how to get along and the weaker one was bold enough to invade and lost.
ChoclateBetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2012, 03:27 PM   #10 
Xeek
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
They have such complex personalities. Moving decorations around and all that is probably best if adding one to a sorority. If you add more then one then moving things around isn't as necessary.
Xeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Adding girls to a sorority.... finnfinnfriend Betta Fish Care 2 05-23-2012 11:11 PM
I'm adding two more!!!! MandiceP Betta Pictures 20 02-02-2012 06:06 PM
Adding Shrimp to a sorority! twinjupiter Betta Fish Compatibility 9 01-15-2012 05:12 AM
Adding To My 10G hannah16 Betta Fish Compatibility 2 03-25-2011 12:07 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.