betta-sorority

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“Female bettas don’t have nice colors.”
“Female bettas don’t have nice fins.”

LIES! I love my girls and they are so beautiful. When I walk by the tank they all gather like the last picture to convince me I didn’t just feed them 10 minutes ago and they really are starving to death.


And yes I swear the one with really long fins is a female. She has an egg spot and she goes through cycles of being eggy. I spent a couple weeks freaking out but she’s 100% female. Scouts honor!

Betta Sororities

I know it’s a very very controversial topic in the betta community. Regardless, I admit I have been very curious about the concept and was *briefly* considering getting one for myself in the far future. I hadn’t for a second considered anything less than 20 gallons (I don’t even like to divide males in a 10g), but after looking at the sororities of other people…..
Certainly not.
They talk about how “oh everything’s great- no breakouts since x-long ago” or “she gets stressed at the tiniest things I have no clue why” or “one had an accident and jumped out” (a well-known sign that a fish is unhappy!!?!?!?!?!) and think their tank is perfect.
In every sorority picture set I’ve seen, there has been at least one female with dim colors or clamped fins or stress stripes. No matter how big the tank or how long it’s been established.

Betta truly are not compatible with other betta.

>When people constantly try everything they can to have a betta sorority but have no knowledge of sororities or bettas and just want to do it because “it’s cool!”, and won’t take anyone’s advice for a proper sorority. (From people that own sororities.)
Sigh.

DO YOUR RESEARCH PLEASE
DON’T JUST THROW A BUNCH OF AGGRESSIVE FISH IN A SMALL TANK TOGETHER AND JUST EXPECT THINGS TO GO WELL
IT WILL END BADLY
IF YOU CAN’T DO EVERYTHING NEEDED IN ORDER TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN A SORORITY, DON’T EVEN TRY IT.
STOP TRYING TO FIND WAYS AROUND THE INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU MULTIPLE TIMES.
GROW UP AND STOP ACTING LIKE A 7 YEAR OLD CHILD WHO WANTS TO GET THEIR WAY. OWNING A PET REQUIRES YOU TO ACT LIKE AN ADULT, AND MAKE ADULT CHOICES. PUTTING MULTIPLE FISH IN DANGEROUS SITUATIONS IS NOT AN ADULT CHOICE IT IS A 7 YEAR OLD’S “I WANT TO DO IT BECAUSE I CAN” TYPE OF IRRATIONAL CHOICE.

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I’ve gotten a lot of asks about betta sororities lately, so I thought I’d share mine. You know, cause I’m a betta blog. And I rarely ever actually post about my bettas. Oops.

Anyway, here are my four girls. They live happily in a 20 gallon tank. It is heated and has a sponge filter, that I will love and cherish until my dying day. Seriously, sponge filters are the bomb dot com. As you can see, there are oodles and oodles of hiding opportunities. There are even more in the back where you can’t see them. They have never had any serious fights, and there is plenty of places to hide if they ever get stressed out.

Charlie, the blue female with the horrendous stress stripes, was the first betta I put into this tank. She is undeniably the alpha of the tank. She gets upset over the dumbest things. Today I upset her because I put my hand in the tank. Usually, she doesn’t have stress stripes, but she wouldn’t calm the fuck down with my camera pissing her off.

Second in command is Victoria, the red lady glaring at the camera. She is fair and just, and will chase Charlie off if she’s picking on the others. She takes no shit, but does not instigate. She’s secretly my favorite.

Next is Lady, the prettiest of my girls. I love her coloring, and the best part about Lady is that nothing ever stresses her out. She don’t give a fuck. As long as she’s getting her betta pellets, she’s happy.

And lastly, there’s London. She had a twin sister Paris, who had an unfortunate accident in which she jumped out of the tank. She is “friends” with Lady, and follows her around like a puppy. It is never aggressive but more like schooling. Lady doesn’t mind. It’s kind of sweet.

Anyway, that’s my betta sorority. It’s a lot of work but I love them all very much, and they get along great! Seriously, no fin nipping since the first few days of living together six months ago. They eat together and school together all the time. I love my betta boys, but the girls are something else.

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I decided to bite the bullet and upload some pictures of my 4 month old 20 gallon long sorority tank. There are six girls in here but my little baby refused to join the photo shoot. It’s really hard to take photos of everybody, let alone a teeny and damn near green colored fish, in this messy jungle. I really need to prune it again so the lower leaves can get light.