Starting 25 gallon sorority! Tankmates?
Hello! Im starting a 25 gallon female sorority tank! I have a few questions!
I have a heater, filter, light, and moss ball in the tank. I already have 4 females in the tank, but I dont want to get to many and overcrowd the tank.
How many Females should be put in a 25 gallon tank?
I've done lots of research but each say different answers, so I wanted to post a thread here!
What tankmates can go in the tank?
Do Mollies work?
How many Mollies do you need?
Are African Dwarf Frogs Good?
What other tankmates will work?
I would appreciate input cause I'm fairly new to Betta's in general.
I have never had a sorority but I have always heard that you need at least 5 girls. Not sure if that is true but it is what I have always heard. Also having it heavily planted is very important! There needs to be a lot of space for the girls to be able to hide from one another if they get too stressed out and for them to be able to claim their own territory. It doesn't need to be live plants either you can have lots of silk ones too!
I'm sure other people on here will have better suggestions for you and more answers! Would love to see pictures of the girls at some point! :grin2:
Hi and welcome!
I will start by saying that sororities are very challenging and they do not always work out. Females can get along one day and suddenly change. You must have a backup tank for each girl that is heated and filtered incase things do not go as planned.
In a sorority, you must plant the tank so heavily that when you look in, you should not be able to see the back of the tank. Leave a strip along the whole front open though so if they do want open swimming space they do not have to crowd one another to get it.
You must keep up on water changes, feed them a high quality diet ( New life spectrum small fish formula and Northfin betta bits are good options), and keep the temperature steady and stable doing this will help keep the girls healthy, as in a group their immune systems are often weakened from stress.
All bettas like heavily planted tanks as it reduces stress for them.
Have a cave like hiding spot for each girl. Be sure there is more than one entrance so they do not get cornered.
Could you please provide a picture of the whole tank? When you say you have a moss ball, does that mean that is all that is in the aquarium ?
I would focus on getting the tank heavily planted and cycled before adding any more fish/ creatures to the tank.
I'm going to admit that I do not have enough decor and spots for the females to hide. They seem to be doing okay right now and Im saving up for this Barrel decor with lots of holes to hide in. I have a few silk plants and two great spots to hide, a tipped over pot, and a pineapple thing. There is a big plastic plant that Snowflake loves to go into it and hide. So I guess currently there is 3 spots to hide in. But after I get the barrel thing, there will be about 11? I couldn't find a picture of the barrel thing online, but its like 8 barrels stacked up on top of each other, making sort of a pyramid type thing. Each barrel has like 2 holes in it, so the bettas could hide in it.
I wont be able to get the barrel thing for like another two weeks. Will the bettas be okay? Should I buy some more terracotta pots and put those in there so they could hide in them while i wait to get the bigger one?
And the Moss Ball is in the tank. Live plants are supposed to be good for bettas, thats what a read online.
Lets hope the picture of the tank will work
Trying picture again.
(just in case the picture doesn't work, heres a link!)
Click on "Go Advanced" and use either the paper clip in the tool bar or "Manage Attachments" to add photos.
Before you get any fish spend you $$ to pack the tank with plants. This is a really good plastic plant. I bought one to see if it is soft enough to work with Betta and it is. Called "Bamboo" and, I believe, is made by Marineland.
Hi, live plants are amazing for bettas! They are natural, help remove toxins , and are beautiful! I was just worried that the moss ball was all you had in the tank. For now some tall silk or plastic plants that are as tall as the tank will work to block constant sight between the girls.
RussellTheShihTzu has this plant and it is 3 feet tall , so it would give cover along the top as well! :)
Terracotta pots will be fine as hides as long as you make sure it is not painted with anything. Just be sure the girls can fit through the hole at the bottom so they do not get stuck.
I hope to see pictures of your tank and girls soon!
Sorry Russel, I did not see your post!
Ok! Ill look into that plant.
I found some plants that wern't being used and added them to the tank!
Should i be worried about the girls? They aren't fighting much anymore. They like to 'school' together at the top of the tank, but Blue has a small injury on her back fin.
Lets try the picture again. :/
Yes, I love that plant. And, in the scheme of things, it is not that expensive. If you have Chewy autoship you can add to that; or ship free with Amazon Prime. If you have neither, the least expensive is $11.40 on eBay with free shipping. If you scroll down there is one Best Offer and free shipping.
When females are sold they are sexually immature. When they become mature they start acting more aggressively toward each other. This is why so many people are surprised when the sorority goes down the dumper really fast. :-(
It is my understanding that tanks packed with plants have a much better chance of success...also, the bigger the tank so 25 gallons is good.
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