2 of the female in my tank were very, very aggressive within minutes of entry. One developed stress stripes and just CHASED her five sisters, biting away. She was spastic! I removed her and put her back into a 1 gallon before she hurt her more peaceful sisters or had a heart attack.
The 2nd girl was aggressive as well. I removed her.
I dont know how long it should take a betta to acclimate to her sorority, so I didn;t want anyone hurt.
This 2nd fish has stripes. 24/7. her fins are also speckled (natural color, not fin rot) She also has a tiny dot at the end of her body, on both sides, a black set that matches her specked fins. Odd thing, her fail fin is red, matching none of the rest of her coloring. She looks like a speckled trout. She had these when I received her. They have never darkened, went away, faded, and are not associated with any circumstace.
Now, I realize my first girl has a tendency to demonstrate stress striping....but my 2nd girl....is she just a striped fish? I have never seen a striped betta. they run the legnth of her body, so is not like the ones indicating she is in heat.
2nd question....are these 2 gals doomed to live alone in separate tanks from their sisters? Like I said, within 5 minutes they demonstrated so much agitation and the one even SOUGHT out the others hiding from her to bite them, I feared for everyone's safety.
If so, I guess I am off to buy 2 more permanent set ups.
I have a so far going well 5 betta female tank going...