Normally, re-arranging everything would be recommended, but when I added my 7th girl to my sorority (later became 6, after my baby Thetis died :(), I didn't re-arrange a thing and there were no dramas at all. This being said, the new addition was a quarter of the size of the other girls, and I think they mistook her for a tetra. My tank was also densely planted in the extreme, so she spent her first week in hiding, and I have never had any problems with aggression amongst my girls. I've only seen three instances of them so much as flaring in the nearly 6 months the sorority has been going. :)
If you do add another girl later, it will be up to your experience and how well you know your girls, and how much you feel you can trust them. :) I wasn't about to uproot all my live plants and try replanting them, since it was 11 at night and I had about 20 plants in there, but I knew I could get away with it. When the time comes, you'll know too. :)
Hopefully I end up with gentle girls then!
On a side note, at the LFS I saw these poor 3 TINY betta girls in a tank with blue, gold and dwarf gourami. Basically no cover. Felt so bad for them. If they or any other girls are still there after my 10/15gal cycles, I'll probably get them all. xD
How long would it take to cycle the tank? I thought I'd be able to cycle and set up a lovely tank before my parents get back from vacation, but it looks like it takes way longer than I thought. I plan on using the fishless method with 1 or 2 dead shrimp in pantyhose.
If you can get pure ammonia, that's more reliable and less smelly, but dead shrimp would work too. It generally takes about 6 weeks.
^^That is how I ended up with my sorority! Ten girls stuck in a bare tank with an elephant nose and heaps of water movement. I could only take home 6, but when I saw Circe in a one litre (0.25 gallon) tank with 5 other girls, one of which was dying, she had to come home too. I think it's good, as long as you make your displeasure known. Many people won't buy females because of how they look in shops, but when you get them home, they turn into such jewels with brilliant personalities.
So, get those girls! :p I would actually do a fish-in cycle and just get them now, because being in a cycling tank is better than being in a coverless tank full of gouramis, especially with a knowleagable owner like you who would do what was necessary to keep the water clean enough. :)
Alright thanks! I am getting so excited! Hopefully right this Saturday!
I got a ton of money for my birthday so I can just buy everything right away instead of working on it slowly. I want to do a planted tank. But I am a little confused because of all this ammonia mumbo jumbo. To have enough plants for the sorority I'd need to put in a ton of them right away. But isn't it bad to put in a bunch of plants at once? Won't it like, kill them or something? I'd love to finally have some rooted plants!
Petco was having a sale on 15 longs with fluorescent hood, 50watt heater and filter for 39 bucks, they normally go for 80. Not sure if it's ended already or perhaps the sale goes on until the end of this month in which case you have one more day.
Call your local petco up. If you missed the sale by a day or so, ask to speak to the manager and maybe he will set you up anyway.
Here is my 15 long, 6 females in here, all getting along great. Tank is a week old. I actually sold my 14 gallon square shaped one from last year for 50 bucks on craigslist and got the long instead. More surface swim room for bettas and the shallow tank helps them out as they don't have to swim far for air.