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I released 6 females into my 10g on thursday. At first there was mostly chasing and hardly any bites.

Today I came home from work to find that one of the girls (who seems to get chased and bit more than the rest do) has had her fins torn pretty badly. I isolated the fish that I think is responsible. (she chases and bites most of the other girls as well, just not as bad)

Now I don't know what to do.
Should I take her (the biter) out of the sorority permanently and replace her with a new fish? Give it time and reintroduce her (if so how long should I wait?)? Let her go back in now and let them all figure out the pecking order?

Please Help!
 

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Some females are just more agressive than others... I have to be honest and say that I never have tried putting bettas with bettas together but I have put neons with my betta and he did pick on one a lot and even torn one's fin! I watched him and after a awile he got used to the little guys. You could try putting her back in with monitoration. If she is still just too aggressive consider getting her a tank of her own. :) It may take a while for her to get used to the new company.
 

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This female has already torn almost all of the other girls's anal fins and two girls's caudal fins.

I think she's gonna have to get her own tank. And I'm gonna get another girl to take her place in the sorority tank.
 

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If you float her in a clear tubberware for a few days (just be sure to do 100% water changes daily to keep her water clean) and then reintroduce her, she might settle down some.
 

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+1 jkfish

iv had to do that with some of my girls. Float her for a week.
 

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Also, how heavily planted is your tank? (fake or real)

Its not really recommended to have more then 4-5 girls in a 10 gallon.
 

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Also, how heavily planted is your tank? (fake or real)
I have 5 small-ish sword plants, 2 java fern, 2 bamboo, 3 large fake plants, one small fake plant.

I also have a reef deoration, 3 small glass cups, a fake tree stump cave thing, and a rock thet is leaned against the side of the tank that the girls can hide behind. Oh, and a martini glass filled with glass stones that my smallest girl likes to hang out in/next to.

Despite all of this, they mostly stay in the open areas.

Here is a pic of the tank
 

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very colorful and creative. I love it. I think you have plenty of hiding spaces. I use 4 coffee mugs and they like those. I have 6 gals in a ten gallon. They had issues at first and I have wanted to give up several times, I tell you. These gals can be a pain but they are worth it. I don't know if I sound like a total idiot or not but I see you have two tall plants and no lid. I love my lid since it keeps debree out (I have three doggys) and the girls in. If you were able to put a lid on there you could also add another gallon or two of water it looks like. May help with the little bit of extra swimming room. Ignore me everybody if I sound goofy please I was just thinking.
 

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very colorful and creative. I love it. I think you have plenty of hiding spaces. I use 4 coffee mugs and they like those. I have 6 gals in a ten gallon. They had issues at first and I have wanted to give up several times, I tell you. These gals can be a pain but they are worth it. I don't know if I sound like a total idiot or not but I see you have two tall plants and no lid. I love my lid since it keeps debree out (I have three doggys) and the girls in. If you were able to put a lid on there you could also add another gallon or two of water it looks like. May help with the little bit of extra swimming room. Ignore me everybody if I sound goofy please I was just thinking.
Thank you for the advice, you definitely don't sound goofy. I have put some aluminum foil over the top for a lid (just until I can afford to buy a real one) and added more water.

I have the biter in a "betta condo' (without the dividers in). I'll keep her there for a week and then reintroduce her. Thanks for the advice everyone!
 

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Will do! :)
 

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When a tank is decorated as heavily as that, i can see having 6 or 7 girls would work safely.
Very nice tank!
Good luck with her.
If she is still aggressive, you can put her back in isolation for another week. I had to do it three times with one big female i got. Now she is a happy member of the sorority.
 

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My aggressive girl continued to be aggressive after a week in the betta condo. I took her back to petco today and traded her for a different fish.
 

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Yes, its another girl. She is floating in her cup in the sorority tank for now. She flared at the other girls at first but she has calmed down now. Hopefully she is a better fit for my sorority.
 

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What kind of trouble?
 
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