The kids and I just got back from our July vacation. During our trip, my husband took care of our two 10 gal tanks... and things happened.
First, Blackbeard our supposedly female CT turns out to be male as it seems. The fins have really grown out. Was the bossy behavior within the sorority an early indicator of this? Blackbeard seems to have killed our two female VTs, Sparkly Rose and Violet... (RIP).
My husband found them dead about a week ago in the morning with extensive fin damage and body parts missing. Up to that point there was only chasing around going on and the VTs were doing fine eating. Quite a blow.
Second, the house of our Black Mystery snail Captain Booty is empty.
My husband has no idea when or how that happened. He was in the tank with our male VT Cherry and 5 Neons. This is also the tank that has now about 10 little black Mystery Snails that came in as blind passengers on the Java Moos on Coconut plant. Do Neon Tetras scavenge?
Now I am thinking of dividing one of the 10 gal tanks to make it the home of Cherry and Blackbeard. Afterwards I will have to think about restocking the sorority, but I am weary now about the labeling of the young Bettas in the store (Petco). Or should I leave Blackbeard with Jolly Roger (the supposedly other female CT) in the sorority tank, including divider?
How long does it take for a Betta to mature fully? Just to be on the safe site in the future.