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Old 08-18-2011, 12:42 AM   #1 
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Sorority help.

Hello all,

I have a 10 gallon tank that I recently set up the other day and have been considering a betta sorority tank.

The tank is 10 gallons. I have an aqua clear 30 filter and a 100 watt heater. The tank has live plants, anacharis and anubis, and soon will include a piece of mopani wood.

The tank currently houses 2 male guppies and a cory cat for cycling purposes.

I have read the sticky about sororities but would appreciate some feedback.

How many females could I put in the tank? Also do they get along with amino shrimp? I would like to get one or two of these to keep the algae down and the bottom of the tank clean if possible.

I was thinking about 5 to 7 female bettas and one or two of the shrimp.

Also do you have to introduce them all at once?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:35 AM   #2 
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Alright, first off in my personal opinion a 10 gal is too small for a sorority. If we assume the minimum recommended amount of females in a tank is 6, and the recommended amount of water per betta is 2.5, you end up needing a minimum of a 15gal.

What do you plan to do with the guppies and cory when you add the bettas? the cory can stay in but I have heard most guppies dont seem to get along well with bettas.

Some people have luck with small shrimp. Others have found them to become late night betta food. I personally use Ottos rather than shrimp for my sorority.

All females need to be introduced at the same time. If you wish to add one at a later date you need to take out all the bettas, rearrange the tank, then add the new one, then add all the old bettas. This will force all the bettas to re-establish territories and they will get beat up just like the first time. (Its just a huge hassle)
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