90 Gallon Tank Planning a betta sorority

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I just purchased a 90 gallon tank to put a betta sorority in. I have had lots of individual bettas and a couple 30 gallon community tanks (always with a betta as the centerpiece) but never a 90 and never a female or more then 1 betta. I think I am going to order some exotic baby females online. I would love to pick each individual fish, but I think in the interest of making things easier I will find a breeder I like, and ask for a yet to be decided number of young females that are distinct from each other in color and pattern.

I can't think of any particular questions, but if anyone has any experience buying lots of females from a breeder or having a 90 gallon sorority I would love to hear it. The only things I have decided on so far are that I would like a sand substrate to contribute to a clean beach look, and I am trying to avoid tannins for the same reason, but may concede if I feel like its necessary. I have always used driftwood in the past with community tanks for its calming effect on the fish, but I usually don't include it in tanks with just one betta because I like the look of a colorful betta in crystal clear water. I also have about 3 backup tanks available to me and the ability to partition them into as much as 6 individual areas for any fish that are too aggressive. Im a member of a local fish group and if I end up with more non social fish then I can individually house I will partition them, and sell or give away the ones I cant keep. I plan on getting some nice specimens so I figure it will be one or more persons lucky day if I am forced to rehome some of them.
 
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I will reward your friendly bump with pictures of my progress. I like things shiney so I refinished the tank stand. Things are slow going at the moment because I am doing things methodically. I have a canister filter in the mail. I am taking the time before it gets here to research and decide on substrate and plants. I think Im gonna go ahead and get a big piece of driftwood and let those tannins flow, I just don't think the "clean beach look" is achievable with a heavily planted tank, so I may as well enjoy the benefits of tannins, hopefully it'll make the fish chill out and be more likely to get along. I think I can still make it vibrant and colorful.Screenshot_20200911-212737_Gallery.jpg20200912_164129.jpg
 
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Very nice tank size

I have had 10 gallon x2 for sorority for almost a year


and now 20 gallon with 5 female Betta
38 gallon tetra community has 2 female betta ( they get long, I usually use 3 but these are my top dominant female bettas fish) I removed the odd girl out 2 weeks ago

1 10 gallon with 2 girls , sadly princess Peaches - red crown tail I had been nursing passed away a few weeks ago.

the biggest issue is visibility into the tank to observe dynamics between the girls.

Lots and lost of plants, hideaways & bridges to help define space so territory can be set & flee as needed

I do also like moving my girls around so they don't get attached to 1 spot/dominance

my weaker girls I baby - Ginger (cream crowntail) & Bonnie Blue (blue veil tail)

Bonnie is seriously chill ( had her 16 months). Bonnie can go anywhere. she's big but never pushes.
Ginger is small & picked on. she woudl hide so she'll be with Bonnie. But if Bonnie tried anything , Ginger will be solo in the 10 gallon.

watch for hiding behaviors.

since bettas so breath air, I'd watch and make sure they can reach top surface because that's a very deep tank.

The one thing I read was that similar color bettas get along best.

my 20 gallon is 2 Koi ( orange, white coloring diminate) , 2 elephant ear ( nearly same coloring - pastel coloring) & 1 crown tail - blue. minimal fuss so far. Blue had been picking on ginger & picked on herself in the 38, so she's in the 20 & chilling.

Just be ready to move any picked on fish - they'll hide & only show up at feedings.
 
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I just painted the back of the tank, I faded the paint from dark to light blue. I've never painted anything on the back of glass, so I'm not sure how it'll turn out.
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I also got a filter booster attachment and some biological filter media for my canister media called "biohome". Its a very porous rock thats supposed to harbor anaerobic bacteria that establishes a more complete nitrogen cycle by turning nitrates into nitrogen. Right now I am thinking hard on how I want to scape it, and I'm taking all the time between now and when my filter upgrades arrive to make up my mind.

Things are kind of dragging out, but I am not in a rush. I have thrown together tanks in the past only to realize I could have done something different or better, so I am taking my time and thinking every detail out carefully. This will be my biggest tank ever by far and I don't want to have to move it or change things around alot once its full.
 
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Just dropping some pics from my recent tank progress. Things are slow going because I'm still waiting on my biohome filter but I have been using the time to make various small tank improvements. Attached is the pic of the back painted and the DIY glass lids I made to keep my bettas from jumping out. I cant wait to fill it with water, plants and fish!
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I like your paint idea. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

What else will you be stocking? Or will it be bettas only? It seems like, with such a large tank, the bettas should have no cause for aggression. It will be interesting to see how that plays out to.

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Thanks for the compliment. I was experimenting with the paint. I applied it with a sponge in am effort to blend it. It didn't turn out how I expected but I do like the way it looks. This tank will be clear water but my next tank is gonna be tannin water tank with wild bettas and I thought about doing a similar method but with yellow at the top and brown at the bottom. Both tanks will be in the same room and the other one will be a more tall then wide tank so I think they will compliment each other well

As far as stocking is concerned, I would like to have a couple mystery snails and probably 6- 10 Corydoras and a handful of shrimp. I like guppies but I have never been too good at keeping them alive so I may go with some kind of tetra instead. I basically want one other school of fish slightly above the recommended minimum for a happy school as dither and a good interesting spread of bottom feeders. I want about 20 bettas in there so I think they will take up about half my available stocking space filter wise. I may even do 25 but if I do that I'll probably have to keep my dither and bottom feeders to a bare minimum.
 
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I think finding females all from the same batch of fry is supposed to greatly increase chances of success. So I think you're on the right track with looking for a breeder over choosing individual fish.
 
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Yeah I initially was hesitant to pick a batch of sisters that all look the same but I have seen some videos of groups of sisters that are all different variations of the same color and they looked pretty good.
 
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If you want some unique females that have long fins like males, check out Tucky's bettas in SoCal. They ship and also do local pickup
 
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