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Old 04-14-2011, 09:31 PM   #1 
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Trying to start a sorority

I found these gorgeous girls I want to get, but I really don't want to rush. And hey, there will always be more right? So I want to do this the right way 100%. I'm getting a 20 gallon (replacing my current one) with lighted hood, filter, and heater.

Right now I have small gravel, small river rocks, and large stones in there. I'm going to add a LOT of val in that tank and cover the whole back with it basically and make a thick "grass forest" thing and add a center piece of driftwood with anubias on it most likely. Does that work well??

As well, how many fish is a good number? I don't know how many girls I should add to this 20 gallon to allow them to live happily but not overstock.

Any other helpful tips would be AMAZING. I read the sticky under Betta Care but I just need help designing the tank!

Thank you all!
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:36 PM   #2 
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I found these gorgeous girls I want to get, but I really don't want to rush. And hey, there will always be more right? So I want to do this the right way 100%. I'm getting a 20 gallon (replacing my current one) with lighted hood, filter, and heater.

Right now I have small gravel, small river rocks, and large stones in there. I'm going to add a LOT of val in that tank and cover the whole back with it basically and make a thick "grass forest" thing and add a center piece of driftwood with anubias on it most likely. Does that work well??

As well, how many fish is a good number? I don't know how many girls I should add to this 20 gallon to allow them to live happily but not overstock.

Any other helpful tips would be AMAZING. I read the sticky under Betta Care but I just need help designing the tank!

Thank you all!
The plans sound fine, as long as it basically looks like a jungle your good to go.

The minimum number of girls that should go in a sorority is five, but more is better as to spread out aggression.

You could probably do about 10-12 girls in a 20 gallon, as long as they are the only fish of course.
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:46 PM   #3 
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So does it matter the set up at all as long as you have many covers for them so they're not staring at each other all day?? LOL
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:49 PM   #4 
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So does it matter the set up at all as long as you have many covers for them so they're not staring at each other all day?? LOL
I am not sure what you mean by covers, do you mean hiding spots?

I didn't mean look like a jungle, I just meant planted and decorated as thick as a jungle would be. No open areas.
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Yes, hiding spots.

Should the WHOLE tank be covered, or should it mostly be covered with an open space in the front for them to swim?
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I would say no open spaces, but maybe just have everything a little less condensed towards the front.
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Ok I get it... I think I'll do it really thick in the back, then a little more spread out in the front, with a very small window viewing where the twisted piece of driftwood covered in moss and anubias will be (with many cravesses and such).
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That sounds perfect! You should post some pictures, I bet that driftwood is gorgeous!
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Ya it's like a stump with wooden roots all over I love it! I might put a different piece in depending on how the val turns out... It's really pretty though. :) Thanks so much for helping me decide... I think I woulda messed up!

And really? 10-12??
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Ya it's like a stump with wooden roots all over I love it! I might put a different piece in depending on how the val turns out... It's really pretty though. :) Thanks so much for helping me decide... I think I woulda messed up!

And really? 10-12??
Yeah I have a 10 Gallon with five girls (which is about the maximum for that size tank) and a 20 gallon with five girls and seven cories, so you could definitely do that many bettas.
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