Your basic sorority tank
Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:36 PM
Posted 24 January 2011 - 06:30 PM
Ok, so I get the girls need to be put into the tank at the same time so no one decides to claim every square centimeter for herself, and that the tank needs hiding places, that I should have a few hospital tanks if things turn bloody, and some bettas will simply be bit...uh...female dogs...and there is nothing really I could do about that. But say the sorority works out peacefully after some initial hair (fin?) pulling. Is that in any way unhealthy for the bettas? In other words, are the girls only barely tolerating each other, and trudging through their lives unhappily and dealing with constant stress?
I would LOVE having a betta sorority (and rescuing 4 more girls in the process) in a 10 gallon tank, because it looks great, but only if there are no long term negative health consequences. I just don't think it is worth it to compromise a fish's health simply for the purpose of decorating a room. I have back up tanks if the sorority doesn't work out, but it would be nice to have just one tank instead of five. I only have so much space in my room (and electrical outlets, for all the bells and whistles betta tanks need) and I still need to live in it unfortunately (I know, how selfish of me). I just do not want to be lulled into a false sense of security thinking, "Oh, they aren't killing each other, so they MUST be happy and healthy!"
So, yes, my question again, is a functioning sorority unhealthy for the fish involved? Or will there be no major adverse effects? Thanks in advance!
(and of course, the tank will be heated, filtered, have an appropriate number of fish that will be fed regularly, etc)
Posted 08 February 2011 - 03:34 PM
Posted 08 March 2011 - 03:08 AM
Posted 07 August 2011 - 02:52 PM
Posted 16 September 2011 - 01:44 PM
Posted 22 September 2013 - 02:51 PM
I've loved the idea of a sorority since I first heard of it. I kept tetras mostly when I was younger, but over a year ago a roommate brought home a fish-friend for me and my love for fishkeeping has been rekindled. My Betta is in a 1G and my Plakat a 2.5G, I know the tanks are way too small for them to thrive, but their environments are kept clean. I'm preparing to buy a 20G tank and I've thought of adding my two current fish to it, but refuse to sacrifice either to each other. Then I remembered the sorority.
Is it possible to find a local pet store that keeps Betta together? Ideally, I'd like to introduce all of my females at once rather than "picking" who might be more or less aggressive and adding them consecutively. I can't effectively determine this trait if the fish are confined to cups, or is there possibly a way to judge aggression by eating habits? My little lady Amaryllis is a barracuda when she eats, so perhaps she could be an aggressor if added to a community tank?
Regardless, I'm still a long ways away from adding fish since I'm hoping to plant and cycle my tank first. Seven fish to 20 gallons, does that seem reasonable? I only browsed through the thread, I'll have to go back and reread the lot of it. I need all the help I can get. ^-^;;
Posted 22 September 2013 - 08:05 PM
There is one locally owned store in my area which houses female bettas together with each other and other fish. I've also occasionally seen a male betta in a tank with other fish in a Petsmart or Petco, but I wouldn't necessarily trust that to be an indicator of the personality of the fish involved. I know that at least sometimes a customer will decide to "rescue" a betta from its tiny cup by dumping him or her into a tank of other fish, sometimes to the detriment of the betta and/or the other fish.
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users