Two female Bettas have joined the community along with three snails; an Apple and two Ramshorn. The larger Betta (in the first pic) pecked at a Ramshorn Snail when I added them all to the tank yesterday. I haven’t seen that snail at all today and the other is looking pretty lifeless… Maybe it’s resting. In a fish’s tummy?! The Apple Snail is a big bruiser and is cruising around happily.
I read that female Bettas establish a pecking order but do not tear at one another as the males do. One is much larger than the other so there should be no indecision there. Mr Cichlid is interacting with the larger lady quite a lot. Mrs Cichlid is spending a lot of time in the plant attached to stone and warns off any fish who come too close. Maybe they have decided on their territory at last, spurred on by the new additions.