Originally Posted by Hadoken Kitty
Thanks! I'll be having my sorority in there. Does it look full enough?
I think it looks nicely decorated. I've seen sorority tanks that were more bare. The trick to a sorority tank is to break up the line of sight. You shouldn't be able to see from one end of the tank to another. The most important thing for a sorority IMO is many medium-tall plants. There should not be caves with few openings so that girls being chased can't be trapped.
The other trick to sorority tanks is making sure the tank can handle the bio load. An established cycle or many fast growing live plants will do, or both. The girls should have some open areas for swimming and also a lot of hiding places, especially near the top of the tank.
When you add all the girls at once, you should test daily to make sure the tank is properly handling the bio-load. Parameters need to be no less than perfect. Often, having other fish in the same tank can cause a little bit of stress and the presence of ammonia or nitrites can easily cause sickness. The heavy decor should help with the stress and QTing and introducing the girls at the same time is very important.
Also, rearranging decor and cupping the girls any time a new one is added or re-added is important. Otherwise, the girls will need time after being introduced to establish a pecking order. Nipped fins sometimes occur, which also increases the need for prestine parameters.
I think live plants are super great for a sorority. Also, additives like IAL or VitaChem that boost the immune system can't hurt. Anything to make sure the girls are healthy... One sick girl can devastate the whole tank...
I don't have a sorority yet, but I have no doubt they are very fun and rewarding if they are properly done from the start.