It had a bright red betta male, a lot of little silver fish, and 4 FEMALE BETTAS.
Everyone was getting along really well! it was actually surprising! I really want to get girls now for my Suzu :) they were all just swimming together and chilling! I took pictures on my phone, and i'll try putting it up here soon!
I think 95% of members here will advice you against it, as males can kill females and visa versa. Not something worth risking imho. The only time I have seen this done was when its siblings who grow up together and come from mild genes. Seiko scary.
I have read about some breeders in Singapore who just leave an entire spawn together from fry to maturity. Varied success of course.
My bad LFS keeps females together with Tetras, but no males. Only the other day he was asking me if I wanted a couple of betta females to put into my 6g. Quote:
"Oh he'll chase and nip them around like any guy going after a girl, but they'll settle down and learn to live together. You may even end up with some babies if you're lucky"
I took that with a grain of salt, as this is the same LFS who has a divided trough tank full of male Bettas, covered with ick. I can't say with certaintly that it may not be possible, or for how long - but most advise against it to err on caution.
well yea, im not going to put like 4 girls in with my one betta, but they were getting along from what I saw. none of the girls had stress stripes and the male was just floating around. I'm just thinking about different things to do with my tank since I'm cycling it right now.
I like the idea of a male betta, living in a female sorority. lushly planted, pristine waters, and little dancing rainbows. too good to be true? yeah. I like the idea, and all, but I wouldn't do it. The male will kill the girls. I just hope my upcoming sorority goes well. As long as there are caves, and plants the females will be fine, right?
Well usually bettas were in rice paddies in the wild, some of which are acres upon acres. They could avoid one another and set up their own territories, and when another betta entered that territory they were able to defend it, maybe fight for a few moments, but as with most territorial animals, adequate displays of power, bluffing, and minimal fighting usually establishes who is boss in the area.
To expand on what GreenTea is talking about, this is why sibling tanks can sometimes work. They grow up in this community. It would be foolish and impossible among fish that have probably been cupped since they were practically free swimming. There are certain rules they would have to learn, that they really couldn't living in isolation.