Male betta with sorority?

BrynneAleks

Has anyone established a successful community tank with one male betta with a sorority of female betta?

I have a 55 gallon L community tank with 9 female bettas. It's been very successful and everyone seems very happy. Before I had set up my sorority, I had gifted my mom a handsome black crown tail betta named Fiesty. He's been doing his own thing in a 5 gallon. Tonight I just added an amano shrimp and a rabbit snail to his place. I plan on moving the rabbit snail to my 55 gallon when the time comes.

My mom and I are wondering if Fiesty would potentially be able to live in harmony with my harem of ladies. I've been reading up on it for a while now and honestly... I would love to read responses to this. Fiesty would probably enjoy the larger living space, but I know mature males can get pretty aggressive with no exceptions. I'm sure the answer is no, but if there have been successful experiences please share!
 

Demeter

I’ve only had it work when I threw my entire spawn into the sorority tank. I removed males as they started getting nippy. Eventually I ended up with one male in a 29gal and 2 males in a 36gal sorority. Of course these are young boys that may still become aggressive
 

Crispii

I've seen someone on YouTube who successfully kept two male bettas with a bunch of females.

 

CrazedHoosier

I’m not sure if it’s worth the risk of stress, honestly. Female bettas living together is already stressful enough IMO. It may put you at high risk for something like an ich outbreak even IF everyone seems not to do any physical damage to one another.
 

BlackOsprey

Not worth the "maybe" of it working out when the chances of aggression are "more than likely." There's enough horror stories about sororities suddenly tearing themselves to pieces even without a naturally aggressive male in the mix that I wouldn't bother if it were me.
 

PascalKrypt

The only long-term successful stories that I have heard concerned larger tanks with a very large amount of females and then one or two males. Basically crowding out aggression.
There is one user on here that I know of who has a set-up like this, @david1978 - but he seems to be a little less active these days.
 

CindyVBPets

No, you're correct, that's not a thing.
 

MayaBetta

Do not put a male with females for an extended period of time. They will breed and the females will eat the babies and make the male upset who will kill them.
 

BrynneAleks

Don't worry, it was just an after thought that I'd post on here. I did decide not to risk it for the biscuit! I just hope now that this post will be one of many people will find and see it's not a good idea and will also not try it.
 

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