I have finally decided to start a sorority! This is going to be a long post, sorry just want to explain how I got to where I am with my fishies! lol
I originally had a 5 gallon tank that housed a couple of glofish (I do not recommend them btw, they seem too unhealthy) and a cory dora catfish. Now, at the time I was not aware that the cory needed to be in a bigger tank so it can have a small school. After the glofish died (really didn't take long) I got a neon tetra and a cherry barb... again did not now that they were schooling fish and needed more room and a least 5 of each. I am aware now. Almost a year later the neon eventually died after a water change and after talking over my options with a very nice worker at petsmart I decided to add 2 female cherry barbs and have a small school of 3 (I know, not ideal for a small tank). They were all very happy for a couple of weeks and then out of nowhere one of the females died. Shortly after that my male (who I had for about a year with the neon tetra) died.
So, after that there was just a female cherry barb, the cory dora and 1 snail. I decided I was done with regular fish and went to petco to look at the bettas. I came across a very lovely CT female that I named Cotton Candy because she is a very nice soft pink and blue color. I acclimated her very slowly to the tank and I saw absolutely no aggression towards the barb or any from the barb. They get along very very well, I think Cherry Pie (the barb) thinks she is a betta too. I went to petsmart for some new betta food when I came along Blueberry Muffin, a beautiful deep blue and red CT female. I figured I would be safe with the 3 fish in a 5 gallon tank. This is before I read about sororities and females living together. When I added Blueberry Muffin to the tank Cotton Candy and Cherry Pie paid her no attention at all. I monitored them all day and nothing. They all kept to themselves. Now, they are the bestest friends. They all swim in a little school together and there is no aggression at all.
I also have a stunning double tail male named Cubie (named after the Rubik's Cube) who was in a 3 gal tank with a snail. It was one of those cylinder tanks from walmart. It was extremely hard to see Cubie in that tank because of the shape. I mean he would just disappear! I finally got tired of that tank and decided to do some upgrades.
Now, Cubie is happy in his new home... the 5 gallon that the females used to be in. And the females got them a nice roomy 10 gallon. They still get along SUPER fantastic (knocks on wood). But I have a few questions:
Can I add another cory for the lonely guy/gal I have?
How many more females do I need... 3? I actually might I have one more... a baby that I bought from petco that I think is a female. Here is a thread about Einstein... http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=112181
So, if Einstein is a female then I should only need 2 more ladies.
Will they gang up on Cherry Pie now that they will way outnumber her? I actually tried to rehome her but nobody I know has a tank with barbs.