I'm in a weird situation now....

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So my friend owns his own betta sorority in a 5 gallon!!!!!!
He said that he doesn't want the bettas anymore, and he's willing to give it to me
So here's my plan:
Rehome my red betta (to my uncle) and clear out his 5 gallon
Move my turquoise betta from his 10 gallon to the 5 gallon
Clear out the 10 gallon and put the females in there
I know this is risky to have a sorority in a 10 gallon, but I don't have room for a 20 gallon :|
He's giving me 4 females btw. How many more females could I put to spread out the aggression? I know 4 bettas isn't enough

So here's the plan:
Get terra cotta pots
Hornwort
Gravel or sand
I'm kind of worried that the bettas will eat the sand and....die

And FYI, he's keeping the 5 gallon for ADF


 

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_Fried_Bettas_ might know, hope I tagged him right. Good luck with it and sounds interesting! Keep us posted on how it goes!
 
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First we have to see if I can rehome the red betta first


 

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I have been told you need 9 female bettas for a sorority. I think a 20 gallon would be too small for that. I think a 29 or a 30 would be best.
 
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I don't have room for that
I have the 10 gallon though, not a 20 gallon


 

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thefishdude277 said:
So my friend owns his own betta sorority in a 5 gallon!!!!!!
He said that he doesn't want the bettas anymore, and he's willing to give it to me
So here's my plan:
Rehome my red betta (to my uncle) and clear out his 5 gallon
Move my turquoise betta from his 10 gallon to the 5 gallon
Clear out the 10 gallon and put the females in there
I know this is risky to have a sorority in a 10 gallon, but I don't have room for a 20 gallon :|
He's giving me 4 females btw. How many more females could I put to spread out the aggression? I know 4 bettas isn't enough

So here's the plan:
Get terra cotta pots
Hornwort
Gravel or sand
I'm kind of worried that the bettas will eat the sand and....die

And FYI, he's keeping the 5 gallon for ADF
Okay..

So you have a red betta that will go to your uncle, which will give you a 5 gallon tank.
Is your Turquoise a male or female?
Do you have room for a 2nd 10 gallon? You get 2 dividers and put one in each, making four 5 gallon tanks and 1 betta in each?
 
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The turquoise is a male. And he can't be divided, since he loves to jump, and he's recovering from fin biting
And now I can't have another 10 gallon

 
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Ok so I'll get a total of 7 bettas?




And yes, I know this is risky, but I have no choice
He's one of those friends that don't give away stuff to people he doesn't know. He trusts me, so he's giving it to me.
Just a clarification


 

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I have my doubts about this whole project. But if you have 4 bettas that have been getting along, I wouldn't add any new ones and change the dynamics between the ones you have, although simply changing tanks might do that. I advise you put some plants in there that may make places to hide, a plant with some density like water wisteria in the middle.

My first attempt at a betta sorority was with 4 girls in a tank, just a little bigger, a 15 gallon tall. They got along just fine (2 months) until I added 2 more and they started killing each other.
 
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Anders247 _Fried_Bettas_


 
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_Fried_Bettas_ said:
I have my doubts about this whole project. But if you have 4 bettas that have been getting along, I wouldn't add any new ones and change the dynamics between the ones you have, although simply changing tanks might do that. I advise you put some plants in there that may make places to hide, a plant with some density like water wisteria in the middle.

My first attempt at a betta sorority was with 4 girls in a tank, just a little bigger, a 15 gallon tall. They got along just fine (2 months) until I added 2 more and they started killing each other.
The problem is that the 4 bettas don't really get along in the first place. That's why I want to get more to spread out the
aggression. And yea, I have a little doubt on this too
I'm adding hornwort, so that will grow crazy... I'm thinking of frogbit too. Or maybe even some anubias and Java Fern


 

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I haven't seen this kind of situation work, accept when they have all grown up together as fry. You will see a lot of people post examples of success, but they don't tend to tell you when it all crashes unexpectedly. Adding new bettas of a different source and age, well, I strongly advise against it, well the whole project altogether. Would rather see you divide the tank 4 ways, if they must all fit in there.
 
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He got then just 2 weeks ago
And my lfs sells older bettas too...





Ok, so how many bettas should I get?


 

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Could you divide the 10-gallon four ways for the females? Since 2.5 gallons is the minimum for a betta, is there any reason this couldn't be done? If anything, I imagine a divided 10-gallon would have more water parameter stability than a single 2.5 gallon, but I could be wrong as I am quite new to fish-keeping.

ETA: Also, if you divided your 5-gallon two ways, this could also solve the need to rehome the red betta (if that's not possible) - however, I haven't heard much about keeping 2 bettas in 5 gallons.
 

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I would not put 2 bettas in a 10 gallon without a divider, let alone a 5 gallon. That's a bloodbath just waiting to happen.


 

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Dom90 said:
I would not put 2 bettas in a 10 gallon without a divider, let alone a 5 gallon. That's a bloodbath just waiting to happen.
It's a sorority........
 
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Guys, I'm not dividing the tanks
They'd be stressed out seeing eachother through the divider
And I don't like seeing bettas in such a small space, since 2.5 gallons is pretty crampy when you divide a tank


 

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I probably wouldn't be dividing the tank, either.
 

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Ok but 10 gallons is still way too small for 4 bettas.


 
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