I'm so excited right now!
I went to petsmart to pick up a few more nerites so I wouldn't have to keep rotating tanks for the one I have now.
Went to have a look at female bettas there to see if the color combo I have been watching for happened to be there.
You see, I have my heart set on a yellow body/ red fin combo, because I've been wanting to name her Zia. Zia is the New Mexico state flag emblem, which is a red symbol on a yellow background.
Well, as luck would have it, Zia was there, and sweet as can be. She also had super red cheeks and blue eyes which pretty much sealed the deal :)
So, of course that meant the start of the sorority, so I got 2 others. With Lulu already at home, that made 4.
I wanted to get more, but there were only 3 others, and they didn't look so hot.
I'll probably go to petco next weekend in hopes they stocked up for their 50% off fish sale. Ideally, I'd like 7 or 8 for the sorority.
I can't even begin to explain the feeling when it's time to let everyone loose.
I floated the 3 new ones for about an hour, with Lulu still loose to get aquainted, and to get an idea how everyone was going to act.
It was pretty predictable from that point. I took Lulu out after an hour and cupped her, then released the shyest one, the marble crowntail, first.
I let her swim around and explore for about 10 minutes, then let Zia and the red veiltail who had been most reactive to Lulu out together.
10 minutes after that, I put Lulu back in, and watched, entranced and enchanted for about 2 hours as everything unfolded.
The red one, who I named Dezba, navajo name for "going to war", had to duke it out with Lulu for a while to establish who was boss.
Dezba wasn't giving an inch, and now Lulu has reluctantly accepted she doesn't own the whole tank any more. There have been no injuries or damaged fins between them so far.
I think this has a lot to do with Zia, who is the most mellow gal ever. She doesn't make any agressive gestures towards the others, nor does she react in any way when she's being flared at. Totally ignores it.
She likes to hang around Dezba and stays near often enough to act as a diffuser between her and Lulu. She often gets right between them, distracting any agression.
The marble crowntail, named Quilla, is the scaredy-cat. And a piggy. I'm glad she's so interested in eating, because it'd be easy for her to be stressed from all the running away and end up sick.
She at first was freak-out darting any time anyone got close, even by accident, and her running away just made them chase her.
She's chilled out now though, and just keeps to herself poking around on the bottom looking for leftovers. Once in a while she'll go to Zia and flare, but gets ignored.
Sororities are so FUN! I'll be up all night watching them! I know things can change fast with sororities, but so far, things have really settled down, and everyone seems cool.
I took pics of everyone before they got together. The quality is god-awful, mostly I just wanted to show coloring.
Zia, the little angel who told me it's time to get this ball rolling! Her fins are redder than the pic shows, and body more yellow. Hopefully I can get a better pic soon.
Dezba, who lives up to her name. Most of the time she looks a dusky dark red, but this one shows the other colors when she shines.
Quilla, the shy one. I think she's marble, but for now it's a bit of a grizzle. her fins in person are a pale turquoise at the base fading to a lilac color.
She'll grow into a pretty girl.
And Lulu, who has had to give up her crown for queen of the tank. She'll live :P