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    Hi, kids. I have been wanting to add something blue to my 55 SE Asia tank. I am leaning toward adding several female bettas. Anyone have experience with keeping multiple female bettas? How about several females and a male? Please advise me!

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    I have kept a single male in 55g with no issues.

    Also kept multpie females in 55g and 100g no issues for a time. Then ended up separating them.

    Depending on stocking and the kh gh a school of dwarf neon rainbows would work.

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    I would never keep a male and female together unless right before mating.

    I've kept two males together in a 55g without issues.

    I kept a sorority of females together in a 10g. They fought it out for several days, establishing a pecking order, and then calmed down. I rehomed them after several months, though, so I can't vouch for long-term. @Boundava, didn't you mention something about multiple females and issues in that betta write-up I did last month? Wanna jump in on Tom's thread?

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    I have spoken to several betta breeders and they never recommend keeping multiple bettas together long term. Yes they can grow up together-their hormones are accepted by the other fish to a point. If the water parameters change-or you for any reason remove a female from a sorority you can't put her back-she will be killed.

    Male and female betta splendens will kill each other-usually the female takes the male out because she is faster than him.

    I have had bettas in large community tanks-they do OK but don't live as long as when they have their own tanks (IME) I have also had the King bettas (still can't find an exact ID on them, think Rocksor mentioned it once a long time ago) in community tanks and even had one king with a female splendens at one point. They got along very well and she would follow him around like they were best buddies.
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    male bettas can kill female bettas through mating disputes.

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    Depending on stocking and the kh gh a school of dwarf neon rainbows would work.
    I love dwarf neon rainbows, but this is a softwater tank with SE Asian fish, so that's two strikes right there...
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    I have spoken to several betta breeders and they never recommend keeping multiple bettas together long term. Yes they can grow up together-their hormones are accepted by the other fish to a point...I have also had the King bettas (still can't find an exact ID on them, think Rocksor mentioned it once a long time ago) in community tanks and even had one king with a female splendens at one point. They got along very well and she would follow him around like they were best buddies.
    Ah, so those sorority tanks you hear about are short term, and fish that grew up together. Interesting.

    Never heard of king bettas, and can't find much about them. Are they a separate species or just a bigger, more mellow strain of splendens? Either way, looks like this plan won't work very well. Maybe I'll go the Boof route and try a couple of males and keep a close eye on them. In a tank this size that's heavily planted, maybe they'd do OK.
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    Maybe you can find one of these, bit more peaceful than the splendens

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    Maybe I'll go the Boof route and try a couple of males and keep a close eye on them. In a tank this size that's heavily planted, maybe they'd do OK.
    Whoa whoa whoa...is this your pearl tank we're talking about? I would not put any bettas in a tank that has pearls in it.

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    Whoa whoa whoa...is this your pearl tank we're talking about? I would not put any bettas in a tank that has pearls in it.
    Oh, right...never thought about that. Similar shape, right? Not good. That kind of stuff is why I usually ask on here before I do something. Easy to miss obvious details.

    Nat, those are mighty pretty! I'll look into some of the other Betta species. I do remember reading that some of them are much less aggressive. Thanks.
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