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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:02 PM
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Fish question

Can 2 female betas co-exist together without aggression or should 2 be of the opposite sex?
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Old May 21st, 2009, 10:40 PM
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I was alway told that you cannot put 2 betas together (regardless of sex).

My daughter had a beta (named Sushii) and we stood a mirror on the outside of the fish bowl. Sushi would then puff and flare up at the other beta (her reflection) which was so pretty and no harm done.

I found this link which may be helpful.


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Old May 24th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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males and females together will kill each other.

two females will kill each other.

two males will kill each other.

3 females in a well decorated 10g or larger tank will do just fine although if one is too aggressive, removing her for a few days, redecorating and adding her back shoudl take care of the problem.

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Old May 24th, 2009, 08:06 PM
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Fish question

Thanks for the info. but how then do they mate if they're so aggressive with each other?
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Old May 24th, 2009, 10:25 PM
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2 females can be done.. I actually kept two females (siblings, though) in a 2.5 gallon tank, they got on fine. I definitely don't suggest it though.

Only females can be kept together safely, and they develop an alpha beta delta sort of pack.

The mating.. Well, its weird. I guess you could say that the females like it rough. I remember my couple chased each other and the female got very beaten up....However, on day three, they did it. A lot of things come into play when mating.
Pressure changes due to rain or storms often get them into the mood, as does a new water change and warmer water. It also depends on the fish's personality.
Basically, as soon as the female acts submissive, as long as the male isn't a fool, they'll do it.
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