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New 10 Gallon- May be a keeper?

So i have had this 10 gallon tank sitting around smelling up my parents living room since i sold my yellow betta that was living in there before...

Well i have always wanted a female betta sorority and have heard it be successful in a 10 gallon, so i have started building the setup today and plan on adding 5 female bettas.

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- Temp. @ 75 degrees
- Java moss, Java fern, amazon sword, moneywort.

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Now my plan was to add a black BG when i get down to Staples next, find some more thin driftwood to match the piece i have now and put it on the right side of the tank with rocks around the base java fern covering the wood etc.

And of course grow out what plants i have in here now!

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I like it. A nice ground cover and you have a breath taker in the making


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Thank you for the kind words, i would love a ground cover, and think when i grow out this section and get the second lump on the right side put in and grown out, i will then tie down a moss carpet, i have always wanting a moss tank!


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I would add a lot more plants or hardscape before putting the betas in. They would fight for dominance once introduced unless they are all sisters or really really mild mannered. I had a rough couple of first weeks with my sorority and hiding spaces would help the stress levels a lot.
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I would not add 5 bettas. Three would be a better choice as there will be more room for territories and escape spots.


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I agree, 3 would be the max amount I would put in a 10 gallon... 2 would be better. They're a 3 inch fish with a lot of body mass so if you're going by the 1 inch per gallon rule then 5 would be too many.

Your tank is looking really nice and will look great with a black background.
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I agree, 3 would be the max amount I would put in a 10 gallon... 2 would be better. They're a 3 inch fish with a lot of body mass so if you're going by the 1 inch per gallon rule then 5 would be too many.

Your tank is looking really nice and will look great with a black background.

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I think over stocking does exist... maybe if she was talking about putting 5 glass catfish that are super skinny, very little body mass and shimmy in the same place all day, okay... but when you're talking about five fat female bettas... I think the 1 inch per gallon rule is a good one.
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the inch per gallon rule is no longer existant
I feel it best to go by how active a fish is. For example I don't like Danios in a 5 gallon tank.

Neons I feel 12 would be okay in a 10 gallon, for they like groups.
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Oh wow...
I cannot just put 3 females in a 10 gallon because from everything i have read and experienced they will kill each other, there needs to be a minimum of 5 so they can establish a proper pecking order. I have read toons of people who have done a 10 gallon sorority tank, and all use 5 or more bettas,they say its the only way that it works.

And yes, i am adding a toon more scape to this, as i said this is only the very start, and it will be a good week or more till i add the females. I said above that i will be adding the same kind of plant/ driftwood/ rock structure to the right side and fill the rest in with moss, there is no way i will add the bettas in before that.


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I had 3 females in my 10 gallon before. The 3 weren't too aggressive and they coexisted for a couple of months. I decided to add 2 more making it a total of 5 females and it still worked for a time. But my red cambodian got really aggressive after that everything went downhill. 5 females would work if they aren't too aggressive and if there's a decent amount of hiding space. I've seen people keep 6 females in a 10 gallon and it worked out for them.
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Thanks, yes thats what i have been reading, maybe i will try 3 (i don't want any more then that unless i have to anyways...) and then if it doesn't work out i will get 2 more after changing the tank around?

I went out to my land all today and down to the beach, but had no luck finding any more nice thin peices of driftwood...Will check out more beaches later, in the mean time i will ask my friends for some extra java moss and get the rocks and such setup. ^^

Will update soon hopefully!


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awesome looking low tech start....cant wait to see it fill in
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