Hello, everyone. This is my first post on the forum. I made this account just minutes ago.
Anyway, here is the story:
Four months ago, I was given one of those fish hotel tanks as a gift. It's not very big. I checked it out at the store's website, and it turns out that it was 3.3L, which is slightly less then 1 gallon.
Now, I was never a fish-type of guy, but since I had a tank, I figured I would go buy some fish for it. I went to PetSmart, and they told me that if I was going to buy some fish, but not use a filter or heater or anything at all in the tank except for some rocks and decorations, betta fish were pretty much my only option. I saw them, and fell in love with these beautiful fish. The lady told me that they fight, and I knew that much. She told me that males can't be kept together, nor can male and female. She suggested that I buy 2 females.
I bought the fish. A blue one (Zahra Fish) and a purple one (Shaima Fish). When I bought them, they never fought. At most, they would flare up a little against each other (They don't do this anymore, though), but they NEVER fought. And 4 months later, they still don't fight, and that makes me happy.
I did a LOT of reading about these fish in what ever spare time I had. I read and watched videos about everything, including breeding. I learned that these fish should be kept in much larger tanks then the one I had them in. Since they didn't fight, and to the contrary, they seemed to love each other (I know that it sounds weird to say that, but these fish seem inseparable and playful with each other), I figured that this small tank would suffice until I could get a larger one. I also learned that females should be kept in at least groups of 3 or more, and not 2.
Finally, I bought a 2.5 gallon tank yesterday, and put my 2 fish in it. I know that this is not that much bigger, but at the moment, I have no space for a larger tank. My mom has a 10 gallon, but she has her own fish in there (Not bettas). I also wanted to buy another 2 fish (One male and one female), but they didn't have any yesterday. Today, PetSmart got a brand new shipment of betta fish in, so after work, I went and rescued 2 fish (I wish I could take them all. I feel bad for them in those tiny cups :( ). Now, I know that usually PetSmart fish are 'mutt' fish and all, and I really don't care, because I just love the fish, regardless of its genes or the way it looks, but to my joy, she told me that these are caught in the wild in Thailand, and that they don't carry fish that are bred in captivity.
So, I picked out my male, which is a beautiful blue-and-red half moon (Joey Awesomefish) and my female, which is a red veil tail, or so I believe (Her name is Yasmeen Fish). I took them home with me, and I put Joey Awesomefish in my old, 1 gallon tank. He seems to be fine, and I will disregard him for now, as he is not the problem in this story.
I was very nervous about introducing the new female to the other 2 females that I've had for 4 months. I took a chance, and poured her into the 2.5 gallon tank. All 3 fish seemed to be ok with each other at first... but then something went horribly wrong. I saw Shaima Fish eating a red fin!!! My old fish had already begun to eat my brand new, and beautifully-finned one!! I thought maybe I shouldn't panic, as this fighting would be normal as they get to know each other. Yasmeen Fish and Shaima Fish were going at it pretty hard... Yasmeen Fish seemed to be the less violent one, as it would not bite Shaima Fish; she would only give her a tail whip attack here and there. But then I saw Shaima Fish eating ANOTHER red fin! All the while, Zahra Fish is minding her own business; she wasn't attacking anyone, and no one was attacking her, which I actually found funny. I couldn't watch as she tore my new fish apart! So I took Yasmeen fish out quickly and put her in my mom's 10 gallon tank temporarily, which only has some baby fish in it, as I tried to figure out what to do (And looked in horror at my new fish's missing chunks of fins :( ).
The solution I came up with was this: I got a tall, glass container and filled it with water. I put the container in the tank with the other 2 fish (The container goes to the top of the tank, so the other fish can't get in it). I put Yasmeen Fish in the container. I am hoping that by doing this, they can see each other and get used to each other, without being able to kill each other. I hope to release Yasmeen Fish into the tank once this happens.
Will this work? And how much time should I wait before I remove the container and drop her in with the others? At the moment, Shaima Fish keeps circling the container, as they both flare at each other. Zahra Fish doesn't seem to have a care in the world (She actually seems more curious about the new fish rather than violent).
Any ideas, advice, answers or suggestions?