Betta sorority tips?

FleshmanBell

I’ve been keeping cichlids for a while now and I’m used to having aggressive fish but I haven’t had bettas since I was little. I was planning on starting a female sorority in my 20 gallon tank though and was wondering if anyone had any tips?
I like to keep my tank heavily planted and the 20 gal only has 2 snails. I’ve read that you also shouldn’t keep any less than 4 bettas as they’ll still attack each other. Is there anything else I should look out for?
 

FishPlanet

Welcome to the worlds greatest forum! When you do start a sorority, make sure to have an extra tank for each one. This is incase problems arise. Or just use dividers too. Make sure they are not attacking each other. A lot of research goes into a sorority. it has to be a heavily planted tank with A LOT of hideouts. These are a few tips. :)
 

Demeter

Use sibling females if you can find them or at the very least young females. When I have a batch of youngsters growing out they go into my 20gal. These sisters get along very well. I think there’s about a dozen females in here, 3 of which are not related.

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NearMeBettas

Someone has lately been stealing my slogan, but welcome to the worlds greatest forum!! Get a heavily planted tank minimum of 20 gallons.

Lots if hides, I personally use coconut hides, stone, and spiderwood.

A minimum of 5 females is a must, but I have found best success in groups of 9-17. You need to keep them in uneven groups. Preferably pick sisters and do not add any new members if possible if the fish are a year old+.
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Keep back up tanks for each betta if it fails.

If there is any aggression remove the bully immediately. A bit of slow chasing, fairing, and a few nips is normal at first. If is continues more then 72 hours remove the aggressive female.

I feed frozen or live food only to promote natural behaviour.

Keep a peaceful schooling fish to brake it up a bit. I personally have a school of 6 bronz corydoras catfish in my 20 gallon.

I also recommend a few snails to clean up the tank as you already have. I personally have mystery snails.
 

camposagrado48

In my experience female bettas that grew up in the same spawn tend to be quite nicer to one another. So i suggest having sisters if your planning.
 

KartoKartofel

I'm also a new betta sorority owner, however I have a few tips.

1.) Try to make sure that the bettas are the same or similar colors, you don't have to do this, but it's scientifically proven to reduce aggresion

2.) Avoid putting in larger bettas in with regular sized bettas. I used to have this pearl-white gorgeous female betta that was much bigger than than the other females. We had to return her since she wouldn't stop bullying her friends.

3.) Lots of hiding places. Lots.

4.) Personally, I pick the ugliest females I find to give them a chance at life, since no one would probably choose them over their pretty counterparts. They're beautiful in my eyes.
 

Dewclaw83

I'm also a new betta sorority owner, however I have a few tips.

1.) Try to make sure that the bettas are the same or similar colors, you don't have to do this, but it's scientifically proven to reduce aggresion

2.) Avoid putting in larger bettas in with regular sized bettas. I used to have this pearl-white gorgeous female betta that was much bigger than than the other females. We had to return her since she wouldn't stop bullying her friends.

3.) Lots of hiding places. Lots.

4.) Personally, I pick the ugliest females I find to give them a chance at life, since no one would probably choose them over their pretty counterparts. They're beautiful in my eyes.
I would be curious to see the paper on the color thing! I haven’t found it yet, apparently. Can you link it to me? (Also, have not found color to affect aggression levels in any of my sororities
 

KartoKartofel

I would be curious to see the paper on the color thing! I haven’t found it yet, apparently. Can you link it to me? (Also, have not found color to affect aggression levels in any of my sororities
I heard this a while ago on an aquarium forum, I don't think if this is true. I also heard that female bettas are less aggressive towards siblings. I don't know if any of this is true.
 

Dewclaw83

I heard this a while ago on an aquarium forum, I don't think if this is true. I also heard that female bettas are less aggressive towards siblings. I don't know if any of this is true.
Ah, I see. This is the only paper I am aware of regarding this topic, and it does not address aggression levels at all. It found that females, when given the choice between swimming with a group and swimming along, or swimming with a single individual, the females would choose to swim with the group. And when given the choice between swimming with a group of the same color as the individual, or a group of different colored fish, it would choose to swim with the group that was the same color as itself. So they prefer larger groups, and they prefer the same color. However, a final test they did, was the choice between a group of a different color, and an individual of the same color, and they did not find a significant preference regarding this, but they did spend more time with fish of the same color over the larger group of a different color.
I am not aware of any papers addressing aggression between females based on colors, but there is always new stuff being published! So there may be something I am not aware of
 

Debbie1986

yes, same color /fin type = less aggression

I just added a young juvenile to my 38 community which has 6 adult bettas about 10 days ago

2 adults are same color fin type, no issues

my elephant ears bettas are same way, they will swim side by side no aggression.
 

Dewclaw83

yes, same color /fin type = less aggression

I just added a young juvenile to my 38 community which has 6 adult bettas about 10 days ago

2 adults are same color fin type, no issues

my elephant ears bettas are same way, they will swim side by side no aggression.
I have had sororities that were all same color(s), and also sororities where not a single fish was the same color. No aggression issues in either.

I would argue individual temperament and introduction methods play a larger role in aggression than color/tail type.
 

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