This past weekend I got a 1 gallon tank with an air pump.
When I went to the petstore (Petsmart) on Sunday, the person that worked there said that I could get 3 female betta fish to put in that size of a tank, which I did. And that 3 would get along. I had a plant in their tank too.
Everything was going fine until Tuesday night when I noticed that my blue girl, the smallest one of course, had her tail fin clamped up and it was ragged. I separated her because I didn't want her to get hurt more or get sick and/or die.
Then I assume the two other girls, a red one and a natural colored one, were fighting last night. I didn't even think of the possibility that they would start fighting so quickly when I was just trying to separate the blue one temporaly for her own safety.
As of right now I have all three of them are separated - I'm really worried about their safety. Both the blue and red one have torn fins, the natural one is defiantly the culprit.
I have been doing some reading online, and it seems most suggest to put a group of females in a bigger tank, but at the moment I don't have the room for that and don't feel like dealing with the setup of a whole aquarium, I have done it in the past and know.
Was the clerk's advice wrong about keeping 3 in a 1 gallon???
What should I do:
I was either thinking about cleaning out, reorganizing the tank, and putting them back together when the 2 hurt ones are looking better and try again?
Or just possibly buying 3 separate bowls or a separated bowl?