Are female betta fish aggressive?

In this blog we will discuss betta fish’s aggressive behavior.This blog will give you an idea regarding their aggressive behavior and the reason behind their aggression 

Overview

In this blog

  • Are female betta fish aggressive?
  • How many female bettas can live together in a sorority?
  • How much space do female bettas need in the tank? 
  • Why do female bettas chase each other?
  • Do female bettas flare up at one another?
  • Are female bettas more colorful than males?
  • Do female bettas show aggression towards male bettas?
  • How many female bettas can live with male bettas together? 
  • How to know if female bettas are fighting with other fish?
  • How much time do female bettas take to get along?
  • How do you add female bettas in a tank to avoid fights?
  • Can female bettas live with tank mates?
  • Compatible tank mates for female bettas
  • Is it possible to keep female bettas in the community tank?
  • What is pecking behavior in female bettas?
  • Do female bettas get aggressive during mating?
  • Do female bettas kill each other like male bettas when they get aggressive?
  • How to introduce a new tank mate in the female bettas aquarium?
  • Summary
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Reference 

Are female betta fish aggressive?

Betta splendens are also known as Siamese fighting fish or Japanese fighting fish because of their territorial and aggressive behavior.The  fish is very aggressive and males fight each other to death.

Even female bettas can be aggressive, but usually more sociable and cooperative than male bettas.

Females are less aggressive than male bettas, but they still fight and like to establish hierarchies and claim their territory.Their fights are less violent than male bettas fight, so they are less likely to get injured. 

Aggression is more in male bettas and it is directed to other male bettas,but female bettas are better and tend to tolerate other species in the aquarium. 

How many female bettas can live together in a sorority?

Female bettas can live comfortably with other female bettas in the same aquarium and their cohort is called “sorority” when they live together.A good number of 4-6 female betta fish can be kept together in a similar aquarium comfortably.

How much space do female bettas need in the tank? 

Experienced betta breeders suggest a tank capacity of 20 to 30 gallons. However, a 10-gallon sorority can be better,but if she can’t settle down and become sociable with other female bettas then, you may remove that female betta from the tank.

Why do female bettas chase each other?

If new female bettas are added later, the pecking order will have to be redone from the beginning, which can lead to combat and fin damage. Female bettas like to test each other by nipping and chasing which are essential for sorority to establish areas and hierarchies.

Do female bettas flare up at one another?

Yes,female bettas do flare at one another.Female bettas are semi-aggressive while male bettas are very aggressive,so male bettas always show dominance over one another,but females don’t do this.

Are female bettas more colorful than males?

Female bettas are known for being less flashy than male bettas, but some female bettas are so colorful that you may have to look twice or thrice to determine if they are male or female. 

Each betta is different and some female bettas may have bright colors such as pink, blue and purple eye-catching shades.

Do female bettas show aggression towards male bettas?

Female bettas can be just as aggressive as males. Even fish that seem to get along fairly well,tend to tear their mate’s fins, and sometimes bite them during mating and that is quite normal behavior.

Its very important to separate females after they hatch,as male become more aggressive in protecting their eggs.

How many female bettas can live with male bettas together? 

If you plan to keep male and female bettas together, the two most common methods are to keep 1 male and 1 female together,or put 1 male in a sorority of female bettas.

It should be noted that in both cases, newcomers should not try to experiment this, but should be tried by experienced fish breeders.

How to know if female bettas are fighting with other fish?

If the threat does not go away, these warning signs quickly turn into physical violence in the form of fin nipping. 

If you closely observe then  one of the fish is missing a lump of fins, if it has a red mark all over their body, or if the behavior of the fish suddenly changes,then these signs are enough to know female bettas have been fighting with the other fish.

How much time do female bettas take to get along?

After about 48 hours, the new fish will begin to become accustomed to their role in the habitat, and the female betta fish look comfortable with the new fish inhabiting it.

How do you add female bettas in a tank to avoid fights?

  • Right tank size and shape is very important.
  • Provide as much cover or hiding spots as possible.
  • The correct number is important. 
  • Make sure it’s a female betta as male bettas cannot be kept together with them for a longer time except during breeding season.
  • Get female bettas who are familiar with each other.This will reduce conflicts.
  • Choose a young female betta.Juveniles if kept together tend to fight less when they mature.
  • Add bettas that look different. 
  • Add all bettas at the same time.

Can female bettas live with tank mates?

Female bettas are generally less aggressive and territorial than male bettas. This allows for more freedom in picking their tank buddies. 

For females, you really don’t need to worry about the color of their tank buddies and you can keep more flashy fish in the tank with them.

Compatible tank mates for female bettas

  • Cory catfish
  • Neon and ember tetras
  • Ghost shrimp
  • African dwarf frogs
  • Guppies
  • Kuhli loaches

Is it possible to keep female bettas in the community tank?

Choosing the right betta tankmates can help female betta work well in a peaceful community. A small school of fish is a great choice.

Since they stick to the group, it is unlikely that one individual will be repeatedly elected. They can usually leave the darts immediately if they also need to escape.

What is pecking behavior in female bettas?

A female betta can live together in the same aquarium.Female betta can get along with other species of fish if she can establish a pecking order.

Female bettas are strong-willed, independent and territorial. Betta females will immediately begin to establish a selective hierarchy or arrangement. They will chase each other. 

They will hide one of them from each other and what you think seems too aggressive can be a normal chain of events.

If a new female betta is introduced later,the pecking order will have to be redone from the beginning, which can lead to combat and fin damage.

Female bettas do this to test each other.There are pinching and tracking, which are essential for sorority to establish areas and hierarchies.

Do female bettas get aggressive during mating?

Female bettas can be just as aggressive as males.Even fish that appear to be in love at least during mating often tear off their mates fins, sometimes biting worse than that and this is completely normal behavior.

Do female bettas kill each other like male bettas when they get aggressive?

Female bettas like to build hierarchies and claim their territories.Their fighting is not as intense as male fighting, so injuries are less likely. 

Usually attacks are directed against other betta fish, and females tend to tolerate other species well.Female bettas don’t fight with each other to death like male bettas.

How to introduce a new tank mate in the female bettas aquarium?

Place only one fish at a time in a female bettas aquarium and allow each new fish for at least 48 hours to adapt to their new home, in bettas tank.

Fights and quarrels are expected, but if a serious fight occurs within 48 hours,immediately remove new fish from the environment.

Summary

Female bettas are known to behave very territorially and establish hierarchies to create their own space. 

Females are known to be tolerant and are also friendly to other fish who share similar aquariums.

Female bettas are generally less aggressive than males and can live with each other. 

But sometimes they fight, because in sorority, there may be several battles, usually with one dominant fish in charge, to establish the pecking order.

Always keep female bettas with other tank mates in bigger and spacious tanks and provide lots of hiding spots, plenty of covers to conceal when in danger to avoid aggression.

If the tank size is too small and the number of fish is more than it leads to overcrowding and overcrowded tanks lead to aggression and infections too.

Pristine water conditions, plenty of hiding spots, compatible tank mates,enough space to swim around in the aquarium will keep their aggression levels in check.

If these factors are not maintained your female bettas will automatically show agressions, which is not good for their health and this can affect their well being too.

Frequently asked questions

How much time does female bettas take to develop a pecking order?

It usually takes around two months  to establish a pecking order in female bettas.

What do you call a group of female bettas together?

An aquarium holding a group of female betta fish is called betta harem.

Can we add three female bettas in sorority?

You should always keep 4-6 female bettas in sorority, 3 female bettas in sorority don’t work at all.

Reference

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