Journal : Aquarium Therapy: Part Two

20 gallon tank of Sorority Bettas, (Alby, Peacock and Tiny) photo by judy kim

My tanks have been set up for about 2 weeks now so here’s the follow up on how they’re doing. I bought the aquariums to reduce work stress and guess what, I got a promotion at work! Feng Shui says aquariums bring good chi flow, money and health. Yay, I think it’s true ;).

The 20 gallon tank is doing the best which makes sense. The larger the tank, the more stable the environment. The 20 gallon tank is a Marina brand with better, brighter lights and a quieter filter also. I recommend it. The water flow on the filter is also adjustable, which is really great if you have betta fish like I do. Bettas live in calm waters, rice paddies and tropical ponds, strong currents are difficult for them to swim through because of how they move. Their movement is slow, meandering and contemplative. I love this quality about them.

The light pink betta we named Alby, because my son thinks she looks albino ;), she’s the biggest and seems to love being photographed
Cute, natural coconut shell huts that the betta like to hide in.

I knew I’d get bettas again but I worried about competition and compatibility issues between them. Bettas are very territorial. The males are super macho about their space and will kill/fight to the death, other males or even females.

Females can live together but each betta has a unique personality so it’s unpredictable what will happen in a community tank. Experts say a minimum of five females should be kept together, in a “sorority” so a pecking order can be established. Otherwise in smaller groups one betta might be ganged up on. You have to observe the tank for a few days to separate super aggressive ones. My tank had five females but are now down to four. They seem well balanced. I might add three more, not sure. The Bettas I bought are all tiny babies.

Alby and Peacock (the blue one) get into tiny fights but not too bad.

Smaller tanks can fluctuate greatly with water changes, they’re more prone to over crowding. My 10 gallon is not doing as well. It’s an Aqueon brand, the filter is somewhat loud/not powerful and the lighting is not as bright :(. I’d recommend this as a hospital tank for sick fish to receive isolated medicine or for one lucky betta fish.

Since males must be kept alone, I thought a 10 gallon would be a mini resort for one. My 8 yr old son picked out a cobalt blue, iridescent, delta betta with lovely swirling fins. I don’t know if he’s happy or not though. He won’t eat and sits inside the tiny temple decorations. It’s cute to see him in there meditating? But I’m worried that he’s depressed.

The 20 gallon sorority betta tank lit by natural sunlight and LED, with sand, Marino moss, coconut shell huts, live plants and happy female bettas

Happy bettas swim around actively. They search for food, find it and gulp it down with adorable ferocity. Their coloration gets brighter and more detailed when they’re happy and healthy.

I added live plants to both tanks (but the 10 gallon is less natural). Poor guy, is that why he’s in the dumps? Even the fuzzy Marimo moss balls are not as green as the ones in the larger tank. I guess it makes sense, natural environments are best. Live plants provide privacy, secret hiding spaces and they calm the fish down.

Mr betta swimming through the pagoda, I hope he cheers up
He can even fit into the little stone-like temple decoration, he sits there all curled up like a delicate cat 🙂

I hope things improve for lonely Mr. betta!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. DutchIl says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and lovely photos… congrats on your promotion, think it were because of your knowledge and efforts rather than anything else but good chi also helps…. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Dutchil, the sorority of bettas brings beauty and positive distraction from stress. I’d been trying for a promotion for awhile and assumed I didn’t get it again. I bought the aquariums for consolation then found out I got the job. 😊. Whether by luck or hard work, I’m relieved to receive acknowledgment at work. I’ll be promoted from temp to permanent, from pt to ft, a with a big difference in benefits. Yay!

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      1. DutchIl says:

        You GO girl!!… a promotion means new adventures and I hope the promotion is all that you hoped it would be and it brings you the happiness you worked hard for and deserve!!… 🙂 I haven’t had betta’s in some time now, what I enjoyed was the serenity they portrayed with their graceful swimming….

        “No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending” Maria Robinson

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      2. Thank you❤️. Yes I like how they look around, pause and gaze at things. Love the quote!


  2. 1weaver says:

    very nice to read about someone else who worries about their fish. 🙂 i get a lot of eye rolls. enjoy!

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    1. great minds think alike! i think their miniature world is fascinating🦀✨

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