I joined this group a pretty long time ago. I was interested in setting up my first soriority. A nice lady, I'm sorry I don't remember her name, answered my query with a lot of thoughtful questions and lo and behold I had a MAJOR puter crash and just never got back on here.
Soooo, I'm back.[g]
Our beloved puffer fish of 5yrs. passed away and I've converted his 30gal. salt water tank to FW and have put my first little betta girl in there. My son named her Kimberly. I got her last Fri. BTW, the tank was cycled with media from my 75gal. cichlid tank. At the same time I also bought a little girl that my son named Betty. Betty was obviously depressed and not doing well. Since they're so tiny I put them together in a critter keeper at first. This was while the 30gal was cycling. Kimberly was seperated from Betty within the first hour due to picking. Poor little Betty woudn't even try to defend herself. Oh well, I guess even the babies fight.
These two are the smallest bettas that I've ever seen. Betty is still alone in the keeper and is doing much better. I really didn't think she was going to make it but I think she's fine now. Oh, and these were the last 2 females that the store had.
My son had also brought home a TINY female guppy along with a snail in a little cup at the end of the last school year. I had put the guppy and snail with Kimberly. Kimberly is never out when I go to check on them. Finally, today I saw that the guppy won't allow Kimberly to come out into the open at all. Blade, the guppy, chases Kimberly betta until she hides away. I took Blade out and put her back into the 10gal. that she and the snail came from. Now Blade is extremely upset. She's pacing up and down the side of the 10gal. as fast as she can and shaking her tail in a fury.
What do you all think that I should do? I'm really upset that Blade is so upset. She was absolutely thrilled when I put her in the 30gal. She is one of the most expressive fish that I've ever seen. I could tell that she loved all that space in the 30. I swear I heard her yelling WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
Do you think I should put her back in the 30 and let her and Kimberly work it out? Kimberly did show signs that she wanted to argue with Blade, but she'd chicken out and go hide. Also, can I add Betty betta or should I absolutely wait for the other female bettas to arrive at my fish store? I was planning on having 7 in the 30. There's a lot of plants and hiding spots.
Should I go to Petsmart and get a few more female guppies for Blade? If so do you think I could put the guppies in the 30 and Blade might be more apt to pick on her guppy sisters and leave the bettas alone? Petsmart keeps their female and male guppies apart so I don't have to worry about any breeding. Nothing is allowed to breed in this house.
I hope you can sort out my questions. Seems I'm often as clear as mud.
Thank you all for any and all advice.
Warm Wishes, Beth