The Sisters are officially disbanded :(

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  1. Tigress Hill

    Tigress HillWell Known MemberMember

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    For those who were not aware, I have kept a successful female betta soroity for over two years with no serious conflicts. But as of today, things have gone horribly wrong.

    Last night as I performed my weekly water change, one of the girls (Arnold) jumped onto the tile floor. I put her in quarantine, and she passed in the night. She happened to be the alpha of the group, but I did not give this fact a thought at the time. I came home from school to an all-out brawl between Ace and Sushimi. Taking immediate action, I separated the two, but Diana and Cassandra already lay dead on the gravel. I now sit here, dumbstruck, soaking in how easily it took my gentle girls to turn on one another.

    Let this be a warning to all considering attempting a soroity, that you may now begin to realize what you are in for if you do so. Arnold, Diana, and Cassandra... may you rest in peace.
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    Diana and Ace
     
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    I'm sorry you lost them. At the same time I find it very interesting how Arnold kept the tank orderly and just one day without her and it went horribly wrong. Bettas are complex little fish.
     
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    Agreed. I can actually compare female bettas to wolves, in that each member of the group has a set place in the 'pack'. Once it is disrupted, they fight it out until only one individual remains or order has been restored.
     
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    I'm sorry for your loss Tigress. Thank you for sharing your story, I didn't realize they had such a serious pecking order as well.
     
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    Thanks everyone If I can heal up Sushimi's fins and figure out how to ship fish, I may do a RAOK for her. But don't hold me to it
     
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    Thanks for the link!♥
     
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    Were they actually siblings? You will usually have more luck when they are all from the same spawn.

    Sorry this happened. It sucks losing fish you have had for years.
     
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    Awwwwwwweeee... that is very sad. I'm so sorry to hear this bad news. They were likely fighting to see who was going to be the new top dog... too bad the winners had to end up being all alone.

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    I hope everyone heals and sry for your losses.
     
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    Sorry for loss of the girls. I also had two female together years back. They lived peacefully for sometime and then they one started to harass the other.
     
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    I'm so sorry for your loss Tigress I hope your other girls pull through
     
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    Awww so sorry for your losses. I would have never thought that betta girls were similar to wolves in the alpha regard. Very interesting. But very sad to find out about it in this mannor. I hope your remaining heals up quick.

    Out of curiosity, how did you start this sorority? Was it successful from the beginning or did it take work until they all established the betta heirarchy?
     
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    Wow, sorry for the loss I've been thinking of setting up a sorority... now I think I'll be rethinking the plan...
     
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    Thank you all for the support, it means a lot to me
    Yes, I got them from a local breeder as soon as they were strong enough to travel.
    Since they always lived together, they had been relatively peaceful since the start. Of course, this made it all the more shocking when they fought so viciously against one another.
    You have to be prepared for the worst at any time. This project is not for the faint of heart.

    This was actually my second attempt at a soroity, the first ended as soon as it had begun
     
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    sorry for your loss and bettas are the most complex fish there is in my opinion they do stuff that they are told can't happen just to prove they can
     
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    That about sums it up LE0
     
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    I am sorry to say that Ace and Sushimi passed away a few days ago. This could have been injury-related, as I had to treat both for minor fin rot and some gashes on Sushimi's side.

    My beloved girls, may you all rest in peace:;betta​
     
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    I'm sorry to hear that Tiggy they had a loving home with you.

    Sending you some happy thoughts
     
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    SO sorry to hear this!
     
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