As many of you may know males cannot be housed together but! females can. Female sororities are fun to have but can be a little difficult when starting out. So buckle your seat belts everyone and lets get started.
Preparing for your girls
What you need:
- Lots of plants (live, silk, fabric, plastic plants that pass the panty hose test)
- Hiding places
- Basic tank necessities (heater, filter, gravel)
When preparing your tank you want to have a lot of hiding places spread out. This doesn’t always mean caves galore but some caves and A LOT of plants. Make sure your hiding spots have an opening and exit because females chase each other and they need an exit so they don’t get trapped. When placing your plants you want them set up so that when you’re on one side of the tank there isn’t a straight line of sight to the other side. This can be accomplished by floating plants or really tall plants.
Baffle your filter ahead of time and run the heater to warm up the water before introducing them.
Purchase your girls
It’s best to purchase your girls all at once or if you’ve had them all previously it’s best to introduce them all together. Or you can start out with at least five and add more over a course of time if you have tank space. You want them all to be similar in size so that smaller ones don’t get picked on.
Float all your girls in their cups together and slowly condition them to the new tank water by slowly adding it to their cup over a period of time. While they float observe their behavior for aggression. After they have all been conditioned to the water you can begin to release them into the tank. You want to start releasing the girls that you have observed to be less aggressive first and the most aggressive last.
What to expect
When all the girls are released into the tank they may start exploring and picking territories. You will see nipping and chasing which is completely normal. This is them establishing a pecking order. Only remove fighting girls if it’s excessive and looking dangerous otherwise you gotta let them do their thing. Pecking order takes about a week to establish and you can usually tell which one the alpha female will be. If a girl is overly aggressive all the time and it’s harming your other girls, she might not be fit for a sorority and you might have to remove her completely.
Introducing new girls
If you ever feel like you want to add more girls it is possible. I suggest adding new girls in two’s or three’s.
First you need to cup all of your girls. Do a water change while you’re at it ;) Rearrange decorations and hiding spots in the tank. This will trick the girls into thinking they are in a newer territory and a new pecking order might be established. Usually the alpha stays the same unless one of your newer girls is brave and wants the title. When releasing them into the tank, release the new girls first and the previous alpha last.
Feeding can be hard. Personally I just drop in pellets and they all get fed. The Alpha will always try and get more than the others but that’s just how their system works. If it gets to the point where she steals food you might have to cup her during feedings and feed her separately. If a girl isn’t eating or is too afraid to eat with everyone you might want to cup her too and feed her until she’s comfortable.
Really sororities are a giant experiment and you might have to alter some things to work with your girls. They all have their own personalities and their enjoyable to have.
If you’d like me to add anything or have any questions send me an ask!