I am preparing to release a female into my sorority. She has been in a hospital tank to recover from her injuries sustained on the ride home from the fish store, and she is doing very well. But now I have a few questions...
1) Can fish have a gold iridescence? Another user had warned me she might have velvet, but that doesn't seem to quite be it. It doesn't look like a gold dust sprinkled over her body, it seems like a truly gold iridescence. She doesn't scratch against things, she's not clamped, and she has a voracious appetite.
2) Can females become lonely after being isolated? These fish spent their life together in the tank at the store, and they all know each other well. I separated this girl out because she got beaten up so badly on the way home, but she simply never regained her color, even after I put her in her hospital tank. However... she colors up INSTANTLY (I am not even joking) when I put a mirror against the side of her tank. Her body darkens and her fins turn a bold red. Is it that she's lonely and misses her tankmates? I know almost everyone says that bettas don't get lonely, but... well... she seems like she might be the exception.
3) I just bought a breeder box... is this what I should use to put her into the sorority? The other girls haven't seen her for a number of days now... have they forgotten her? Will they go after her again? There is an Alpha in the tank, of course... should I worry about her going after the new arrival?