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Old 08-06-2011, 05:46 AM   #1 
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New sorority started today 2 girls fighting. HELP

I started a betta sorority today. I have 7 in total. I have had one for ages and added 2 yesterday and no problems with them then another 4 today. All are fine except two who are flaring at eachother and not backing down. They then started fighting. I put my hand in and broke it up and they are away from eachother now. The two fighting are two of the four I added today.

What should I do if they start again? The others are all ok and just turn away if they get flared at by one of the two. They're staying away from eachother now since I broke the fight up but advice just in case it starts again would be appreciated.

The tank is heavily planted and decorated with a cave and log to hide in. Fully cycled. 15 gall

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Old 08-06-2011, 08:46 AM   #2 
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Sometimes you have to let them fight it out and establish the pecking order...some may get injured....its best to not intervene......be sure to have tall plants in several different places to break the line of sight....this gives the less aggressive a way to the top for air, rest and food.....

Since this is a top dwelling species...you want to have lots of hiding places at the top and mid level as you do the bottom...tall plants, bushy plants and floating plants work well for this.....

Can you post of pic.....

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Old 08-06-2011, 08:55 AM   #3 
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Thanks. There are plants at the top. I let them fight it out and now it's calmed down a bit now. Are you able to tell from a pic male or female? There are two I'm worried about.

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Old 08-06-2011, 08:56 AM   #4 
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These two are the only two flaring and fighting:


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Old 08-06-2011, 08:57 AM   #5 
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This is the actual tank. The platys are gone now
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:00 AM   #6 
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You can see the fiirst one has damaged her gill fighting will that heal up ok?
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:06 AM   #7 
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I can't really tell the sex by those pics.....

Keep the water really clean with increased water changes during the first week or so to help prevent secondary infections...then stay on at least 50% with deep vacuum weekly thereafter

You may want to add a few more tall items in the tank...at least 3 locations is best.....
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