sorority tanks

Okay… note to self: it can sometimes be very hard to tell when a fish is “doing their best.” I used to think Opal was “happy”… until moving her to her own tank.

Her old home was a divided, cycled 20-gallon where she had 5 gallons to herself. She had craft mesh separating her from her neighbors, dark-colored substrate, a hide, and fake plants. There, she stress striped frequently, her body was a pale flesh color, and her fins were this shade:

I thought, well, I’m taking care of her and she’s active… she must just be naturally pale colored and finicky. Turns out she’s… not. At all. 

A few days ago, I moved her to a completely bare 5-gallon sterilite bin with a heater (which I’m going to furnish today, don’t worry). And to my utter surprise, her body deepened to a steely gray color, and her fins are now a BRILLIANT deep blue-purple:

I can hardly believe she’s the same fish.

She paled out a little bit during this photoshoot… but only after having a blinding CFL bulb waved in her face for several minutes.

Keep in mind, fish usually display brighter colors on dark substrate. They also usually get pale when they’re in wide-open spaces or when they’re stressed. She was in a spacious, cycled, furnished 20 gallon with dark substrate and she looked washed out and dingy… now she just made the stressful transition to a white, wide-open, boring bin, and she looks like a color explosion.

Again, this:

to this:

Crappy camera and lighting differences notwithstanding, I hope you can still see the huge difference. The only thing I can think of that could cause this sudden improvement is the fact that she no longer has other bettas constantly within six inches of her… even though they were physically separated, I guess just being in close proximity was enough to make her pale out and stress stripe. I’m definitely never moving her back to a shared tank, and I hope anyone with mysteriously stressy or pale bettas in divided tanks gives this exercise a try.

Very happy that she seems so much better, and I can’t wait to see how she’ll act when her home is filled with entertaining things to explore!


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.


Here’s the progression on my 10g tank. There’s so much lush in this one because of the dirt that’s underneath the substrate. I also put some root tabs down there and doses with co2 injection, seachem flourish and potassium. Having a bit of an algae problem though but the shrimps and ottos should handle it. The water is a bit cloudy too but that should go away in a couple of days. Having so much fun into taking care of this tank. I’m planning to turn it into a betta sorority tank soon.

This is Lucina!

Say hi to Lucina!

Lucina is my gorgeous blue veil tail female. She’s also developed a nice green tinge after having her in my 16g for a week. 

Lucina is also very aggressive and if she doesn’t stop being a little shit to the other girls I’m going to have to separate her from the sorority. 

*sigh* more money going towards yet another tank. It never ends. I’ll have 4 tanks by the end of the summer I swear

anonymous asked:

Can you keep multiple female betta fish together in the same tank

No. Don’t do it. People will say you can but it’s so risky and stressful, and, honestly, just plain cruel.

I highly don’t recommend doing this for the reasons outlined in my Betta Care Sheet. From having owned females myself, not in sororities, I can’t imagine ever putting them together. They’re every bit as aggressive as their male counterparts. It’s a common sight to see injury and death in sorority tanks, and I see this a lot here on Tumblr and elsewhere.

Just don’t do it. It doesn’t benefit the fish – only the human ego.


Hi fishblr! this is my little Plakat betta. I got him from a festival crammed in a bowl. Yes, i posted a bringing him home photo in his bowl that I had cleaned the water of already and fed him. He gets daily water changes. Below is my 10 gallon heated filtered tank CURRENTLY BEING CYCLED. So Im doing a fishless cycle. So its safer for him. Once my tank is fully cycled he will be added to his new home. :] a few of you were saying im abusing my fish and thats not nice without knowing more information. But its ok misunderstandings. Im not upset. But thankyou @queenofthebettas for pointing out to @razzhasbettas @betta-fish-rogers @my-sorority-tank @betafishus and @flicker-betta. Hes safe guys. No worries <3 


We added some new plants to the QT sorority. It’s truly looking like a jungle in there.


I should properly explain the purpose of this tank. These are the acclimation and qt sororities used before Bettas are moved to their separate tanks. All but 3 of those fish are never permanently housed in that tank. This is standard protocol as you cannot move un-QT’d fish into a shared filtration system without potentially harming all of your stock. If you’ve followed my blog you’ll see that I’ve discouraged keeping sororities in small tanks before, and that I know all of the risks/proper procedures involved in a sorority tank. These fish are heavily monitored during the QT process and are then distributed into permanent tanks. I know what I am doing, and appreciate the warnings. All of the information shared with me is accurate and I agree with you. It’s just that in this case this is not a home but a planted QT tank. (Some people may ask why I plant my QT tank but the answer is that it’s in a populated room - makes it easier to check for illness - and a bare tank gets very boring to look at)

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.