Betta sorority and guppies


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So I finally got my female bettas. It’s a 30 gallon tank, ( not full right now) with 5 female bettas, 9 guppies, and currently 3 tetras. The tetras will go to a friend once she gets moved and sets up her tank. Currently it has 7 potted lillies in it I’m growing to a bigger size, but I’m thinking I’ll eventually turn it into a planted tank, and I’d like to copy Jacks b nimbles riser of plants behind it if I can devise a good way of doing so. A power head with a tube on the outlet will push the water to the top where it’ll be filtered and feed the plants before falling back in. I’ll be breeding the bettas once the girls are bigger, and see if I can raise the fry. The male is in a vase of water for now, he’s a pretty veil tale that’s turquoise and blue. They’ll be bred in my 10 gallon, no worries there. The bettas will keep the guppy population from a massive explosion I’m sure, in fact I’ll be getting more females from my sister. I’m enjoying watching them swim around eating daphnia, starting their posturing, establishing who’s boss. With summer here, I’ve got till August maybe September to keep them fed with daphnia, mosquitoe larva, good foods. Great to raise the babies on.
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Ignore the clutter around, I’ve got cleaning to do!
 
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I shined a white light in to try and get natural color pictures. Turns out my guppies like betta pellets just fine, and the betta nibbled the guppies flake food. They all like the daphnia. I’ve got names for the bettas, white crown tail with red fins is Yelena, dark body crown tail is meridith, prettiest crown tail is Mercy, ( my favorite pick to be bred to my male, as he’s turquoise blue, her body is showing same color but with red fins) then I’ve two blue veil tails, Cobalt and Dusky. I’m working on training them to associate me with good things, and it’s already working. My male is a pretty turquoise veil tail, but his tail has a twist at the end, my husband picked him out!
 

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And the pleco tank now has 3 tadpoles, and as far as I can tell, 5 fry that hitched a ride with the tadpoles and duckweed. Really small fry, I barely saw them!
 
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The males is twice the size of all but Yelena. She’s bigger than the rest, almost of size to breed. But I don’t know if I want to breed her. She’s shy, starting to interact with the others, I’m going to wait and see how her colors develop. So he’s a picture with her in it, she’s the white one, and a picture of the male. Hubby hasn’t decided a name for him yet.
 

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Today I removed a dragonfly nymph from the pleco tank. And caught 7 or so baby fish. It’s my intent to raise guppy fry and such in there once they start breeding, so I have to get the predators out. I’ll probably put the minnow fry back, but only till I’ve got breeding guppies. Once I have a big enough population of guppies, I’ll leave them in with the bettas to survive or not on their own, unless I’m looking to sell some or give some away. These fry are of unknown species, so could end up being predators themselves once grown!
 

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