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

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by thefishdude277, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

    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


    :)
     
  2. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    _Fried_Bettas_ might know, hope I tagged him right. Good luck with it and sounds interesting! Keep us posted on how it goes! :D
     
  3. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

    First we have to see if I can rehome the red betta first


    :)
     
  4. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    I have been told you need 9 female bettas for a sorority. I think a 20g would be too small for that. I think a 29 or a 30 would be best.
     
  5. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

    I don't have room for that
    I have the 10 gallon though, not a 20 gallon


    :)
     
  6. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    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?
     
  7. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

    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

    :)
     
  8. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    Okay. Well I'm not recommending this, but just showing you that it has been done..

     
     
  9. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

    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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  10. _Fried_Bettas_Well Known MemberMember

    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.
     
  11. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

  12. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

    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


    :)
     
  13. _Fried_Bettas_Well Known MemberMember

    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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  14. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

    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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  15. FishtailBraidValued MemberMember

    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.
     
  16. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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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  17. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    It's a sorority........
     
  18. thefishdude277Well Known MemberMember

    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


    :)
     
  19. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    I probably wouldn't be dividing the tank, either. :)
     
  20. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

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


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