I know we've had multiple threads on this subject in the past, but wanted to get a current poll posted. So, can multiple female bettas in the same tank (sorority tanks) work long term?
I think there should be an option for, maybe/sometimes. Sometimes it does, many times it won't. Depends on the circumstances, tank setup, bettas and luck. Mine went well for the most part - still don't usually like to recommend them personally
It isn't quite a small pond but a huge region of connected and nearby waterways. The 'bettas living in footprints/ponds' part is from the dry season, when the waterways they normally live in dry up and they can end up in a shut off pond of water that can shrink to the size of an actual aquarium. The breeding takes place during the wet season, when the new influx of water brings food flushing down the waterways, which promotes colonies of the critters that bettas normally eat. It is here that they, travelling along these waterways, run into each other - males holding down territories in places they favour and blow bubbles nests, females passing by, taking a fancy to the nest and mating, then making off while the male tends to the nest and disappearing.I wonder in nature ,how the bunch of males and females betta live in same pond. How they mate ?
Well, it depends on the situation. I have 3 female Bettas that look almost identical in a divided 10 Gallon (into 2, so they live in a 5 gallon space) and they have no problems at all. The tank has more than enough hiding spots so they can escape from each other if needed, and some plants (artificial) to make the tank look nice and to act as additional hiding as well. I've read in many cases that when keeping female sorority tanks that it is important to house them in odd numbers (3,5,7,9). If this is your first sorority, I recommend a 10 Gallon or larger. I've had as many as five in a 10 gallon, but I had some aggression with that set up, so I would get 3. Never keep just 2 females together, it won't work because they'll be focused on each other. Always have lots of hiding places because they can be aggressive towards each other. Another piece of advice would be to get them all at the same time and introduce them to each other and the tank at the same time. This prevents aggression and helps the Bettas figure out their natural hierarchy. If you get one female, put her in the tank for a while, then decide to get another one, they will rip each other a part. Fish sometimes don't like new things just like people. Kind of like those videos of the parents announcing the arrival of a new baby and the kid cries or gets mad . The existing fish already has an established territory, and will defend it, so I think it's best to get them all at the same time. I know that I've seen Petco house females together before, and if you like them all (color wise and healthy wise) get them all or just three, depending on tank size. This option will definitely help with aggression. This is actually how I got my first Betta sorority, and I haven't had any aggression problems. If that isn't an option, pick Bettas that are roughly the same size, and hold them up next to each other so that they can see one another. If any Betta shows noticeable aggression (flaring, pacing, attacking the container, etc.) or they all do, you should probably pick a different one because that could cause aggression problems. The Bettas just kind of chilling in the cup without being bothered by the others is a very good sign. If the Betta just looks curious, that's ok too, they might not always be looking for a fight Keeping a sorority is so much fun, and it's one of the best tanks I have in my house. However, sorority tanks are definitely a challenge, and I would advise caution to any new fish keeper because this tank can be difficult at times. Always have a backup plan because you might decide out that the Bettas you picked just don't work together. Hope this helps, and if you have any questions just message me back, if not you can too, I love talking to fellow Betta lovers! Hope this helps, and keep us updatedI know we've had multiple threads on this subject in the past, but wanted to get a current poll posted. So, can multiple female bettas in the same tank (sorority tanks) work long term?
Minimum tank size I think is a five gallon for three Bettas by themselves (you could maybe add one or two snails later on though). I would not recommend starting out with a five gallon though because the Bettas need to get used to each other and that sometimes requires space. I started my three in a 10 gallon and then after about a month or two I moved them to a divided ten. I haven't had any problems, but that sometimes depends on the "squad" of Bettas you have. Each fish has their own personality, and sometimes they don't mix well right away. I would start with 3 Bettas in a 10 gallon.Since everyone seems to disagree about this: what do you guys recommend the minimum tank size for a sorority is? And how many bettas can you keep there?
Anything regarding sororities in controversial, because people tend to disregard how evidence and advice work. There are always exceptions to any rule. The fact that one person can have a controversial set-up work even long-term is no proof that it works in general. Moreover when giving advice such as minimum requirements what is actually recommended is the requirements for a set-up reasonably likely to work. That doesn't mean it is impossible to do a set-up successfully that falls short of the guidelines, but for every person that makes it work they might be three that can't get it to. Something everyone should keep in mind when reading or giving advice.Since everyone seems to disagree about this: what do you guys recommend the minimum tank size for a sorority is? And how many bettas can you keep there?
I don't recommend three bettas at all. With three the same thing can happen as with two. The least dominant gets picked on quite often. It can work for some, but more is recommended as minimum. Generally 5 is a good number to start with. I also wouldn't do more than 1 betta in a 5 gallon. Far too small. I kept my 5 in a 24 gallon. I wouldn't say that I'd do it again despite the fact that it went well. 10 gallons is also too small for me. I think a 30g+ tank would be the smallest I would consider personally. A 20 long would do fine too as a minimum, but I prefer bigger myself. Though if I were to do it again (which I likely won't) I would go for a 50+.Minimum tank size I think is a five gallon for three Bettas by themselves (you could maybe add one or two snails later on though). I would not recommend starting out with a five gallon though because the Bettas need to get used to each other and that sometimes requires space. I started my three in a 10 gallon and then after about a month or two I moved them to a divided ten. I haven't had any problems, but that sometimes depends on the "squad" of Bettas you have. Each fish has their own personality, and sometimes they don't mix well right away. I would start with 3 Bettas in a 10 gallon.
What works for me may not work for some people, and I'm just trying to help others with their questions. Also, I cautioned in my note that smaller and larger Bettas are likely not to get along. That was part of my point. I understand this is a very controversial topic, but I'm trying to give people as much information as possible because this is such a controversial topic. I understand my comment may make you or others frustrated or angry at me, but it works for me. Every Betta is different, and I think that's the main reason sororities don't work out for some people. In the other hand, it sounds like you have a wonderful setup, and I'm sure you do a nice job taking care of your Bettas have a nice day, good luck with your sorority, and please stop attacking one another in the comments, it doesn't help the person who's asking for advice or help5 gallon is way too small JMO.
to me that's like putting a pack of wolves in small cave with no means to get out.
When my Koi female targeted the smaller betta, she crossed that 10 gallon in 2 seconds. there was no way the smaller Betta could retreat in a 5 gallon.
It's a 10 gallon I got at walmart and the small fish went immediately to the filter to hide as there's a flow current that is right there.
my 4 small fish are okay in a 10 gallon, but I will be moving the larger sorority sooner than later. Even though they are peaceful, it just isn't right to have a them in such a small tank now. I'm just working out logistics of where to put the 15 or 20 gallon tank I will get them. I will likely need to buy a tank & stand , then find room in the greatroom somewhere, lol
It depends on the conditions and the level of stress and aggressiveness that is genrated.I know we've had multiple threads on this subject in the past, but wanted to get a current poll posted. So, can multiple female bettas in the same tank (sorority tanks) work long term?