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I have been keeping Freshwater Tropical fish for roughly 20 odd years, I currently have a spare 15G Cube Aquarium that is planted up and have finished Cycling (Nitrates spiked and gone back to 17PPM) from a Friend on here @Ratvan who cannot keep it in his house or work, however I have been doing a lot of reading lately on Betta Fish and all Female Sororities and would like to give it a go.

Now I am fairly confident that I can manage 5 girls in my 15G, I have also got a couple of spare 5 Gallon tanks that I can set up incase of severe fighting and i need to split them up so happy here as well. My friend is also able to emergency house some as well if the need arises.

However, my issue is how heavily planted do I want to make my tank for these girls? Currently it looks like this (I'm sure Matt has posted this everywhere)

This is a side shot that shows planted space versus open space (50-50?), I also want to get some Floating Plants (Watter Lettuce) for some funky root systems

What do you guys think? Suitable or Keep planting?
 

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Hello, I see you tracked me down!


Tank is looking nice, even if I do say so myself. Looks like the Reni is colouring up nicer then it did for me. I've always been scared of a Soroity just purely incase it goes wrong, however as I said I currently have a 8 Gallon that I can split and 2.6 Gallon Empty so can house up to 3 if needed. I'll leave them empty until you're happy you got no major issues.


Personally I have heard that 15g can work although I would be more comfortable with a longer, shorter tank. A basic 20 Gallon long would be better I feel. That way you can place in dividers and house 4 in one tank if things go wrong!!


I also think that there is too much open space in the middle, have a look at some suction cupped plant pots maybe to break things up, I'd also want to get some wood into the tank somehow but that's just me and I have so much moss around I don't know what to do with it.


All in all I know you know what you're doing but I still wouldn't be comfortable, however saying that possibility of free fish..... go for it?
 

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I agree with Ratvan in that tall tanks are not conducive to sororities. A long tank is much better. And they should be at least 75% planted so lines of sight and chase are broken and so that each girl can define her own territory.

There is a sticky in this section that is awaiting an addendum the OP who has had a great deal of experience with sororities. To capsule: Sororities are high-stress environments 24/7. This stress, even without obvious fighting, can lead to disease and wipe out an entire sorority.

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but they are not as easy as many would have you believe. And, from posts and threads on this Forum, fewer than 10% last more than a few months or a year with the original females. The only person I know who has had long-term success has had hers for 5+ years in a 40 gallon breeder with nearly 80% planting.
 

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@Ratvan sent you a PM re tanks and fish.

Ok well I guess that it's probably best all around for the fish if I don't try it then. You reckon it's too tall to split?

That way we could go in and pull out the worst? It's only 5, 6 at a push. But that's better then where they are? Could you leave them for 10 days without feeding though? Just Christmas coming up.
 

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If I remember correctly the tank is 15" Cube? I think that it is pretty much 16 gallons, so there is a possibility that you could split the tank down into four 4 Gallon sections. It maybe difficult to find dividers that will work, maybe pop into a glazier and have a chat?

Leeds Windows have cut me sections of 5mm thick glass 1"x 1" size for about £2-3 per sheet, maybe possible to cut sections into the glass so that it fits like a rabbet and dado joint? Each girl gets 4 Gallons and a corner of the original tank
 

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If I remember correctly the tank is 15" Cube? I think that it is pretty much 16 gallons, so there is a possibility that you could split the tank down into four 4 Gallon sections. It maybe difficult to find dividers that will work, maybe pop into a glazier and have a chat?

Leeds Windows have cut me sections of 5mm thick glass 1"x 1" size for about £2-3 per sheet, maybe possible to cut sections into the glass so that it fits like a rabbet and dado joint? Each girl gets 4 Gallons and a corner of the original tank
I'll look into that thank you
 
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