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Male Rainbow chasing female-normal?
Old 06-20-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
 
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Male Rainbow chasing female-normal?

I just put my female Turquoise bow in with a turquoise male. She's been sick--twitching and shimmying, and just finished a 10 day treatment with Maracyn and Maracyn 2. She's back to normal now. They are in a 20 gal high, water parameters all good. A-0 N-0 Nitrates 5-10. There are also male guppies, otos and Kuhli loaches in there, but it's not overstocked.

They got along fine at first but after a couple of hours he started chasing her, and hasn't stopped except for a minute here and there since! This has been going on for 3 hours. Doesn't look like he's nipping her, and no fin damge, but he won't leave her alone! I have no bushy, tall plants for her to hide in. Just shorter plants. Should I remove her (I feel he might be stressing her out) or get some tall, busy fake plants for her to hide in? I don't know if this is normal behavior, or if he might stress her out badly.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:49 PM   #2
 
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I meant to type "bushy," not busy!
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
 
Male Rainbow fish can be quite boisterous. I would try and add a couple more females.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:33 PM   #4
 
yes you need more females but also turquoise should have a much bigger tank like a 55 gallon or you will experience these issues. A 20g is far to small for a proper group.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:46 PM   #5
 
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Well, now I'm really in trouble. I have a 55, but can't put them in there, as it has had columnaris outbreaks (3 times) and I don't want to expose the rainbows to it! And I thought a single male and female would be alright, from what I read online. I didn't realize I needed another female or two. And I agree, the 20 gal high doesn't seem big enough for the both of them. And now I need another female! The 55 has other fish in it, as well. Not that that would be a problem, as the rainbows are peaceful, but I can't put them in an contaminated tank! I think I really blew it...
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:41 AM   #6
 
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You now know from other posts why this is occurring, and how to resolve it. I am sorry we can't offer anything else.

You don't say what the other fish in the 55g are, so we can't advise if rainbows (in a sufficiently-sized group) in there would be good or not. Perhaps you should consider re-homing some fish? To the store (some stores if they unhderstand your predicament will take fish back), or another hobbyist in the area.

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Old 06-21-2013, 11:26 PM   #7
 
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Well, I went ahead and put her in the 55. I have a few female betta, a few platies and a few balloon mollies in there, as well as a Krib and a Bolivian ram and a couple of cories. The female is doing fine in there, no one is chasing anyone. She seems a lot more relaxed now. I just hope she doesn't catch the columnaris.
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:09 AM   #8
 
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Yes, it is normal behavior, but not to that degree. And yes, keeping them in too small of a tank will only increase overbearing behavior like mika said. You should definitely get more rainbows if you are going to keep them in the 55. If they are not going to be kept in it, then you should return them. I don't mean to be harsh when I say this, but what research did you do that lled you to believe that rainbows can be kept as a pair??


Something else to touch on - its sounds by what you said that you put the fish back in the tank right after the treatment was completed. In my opinion, it is best to keep a fish in quarantine for a period of time for observation before returning it to another tank. You want to be able to make sure the fish is well. Depending on the severity of the disease, you may even want to add a couple fish from the main tank to the quarantine tank, just to make sure. Better that two more fish get it (and are already in a quarantine tank for treatment) than re-exposing the entire show tank to infection. That's a more extreme approach than is generally required, but some diseases can be pretty extreme. Just something to think about.
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:44 PM   #9
 
The rainbows are fine with all the fish in the 55 gallon. Only fish I would worry about is the female bettas. Make sure they are getting enough food. Rainbows are very fast and active fish, they also have a high food drive. They alarm some shy and slower species during feeding. With rainbows its always good to spread food out, they will eat as much as they can as fast as they can. Keeping the male and female separate until you are sure the 55 gallon is disease free is fine. Rainbows are very disease hardy fish. After that I would recommend 1 male and 3+ females or better IMO would be 2 males and 4 females.
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:29 PM   #10
 
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Jaysee, I never even thought of doing that! (Putting a couple of fish from the main tank into the quarantine to see if the columnaris has been eradicated). Interesting. I'll remember that for the future.

Mikaila, I always spread the food over the entire top of the tank so everyone has a chance to eat. I see that every fish eats. And you're right--the female bettas move a lot slower than the rainbow. But the Kribensis is even faster still! That fish is so hyper.

I always watch after I feed them to make sure everyone gets their share. I have to target feed my Bolivian Ram, as he is the most timid with other fish, and backs off (won't fight for food) so I have to be sure some drops down practically on top of him so he'll get some. He's not the brightest crayon in the box, lol. He takes forever to decide to go for a morsel, and by then, another fish often gets it. So I have to "police" them.

And yes, I have no intentions of putting the male in the 55 gal tank until I know there is no more columnaris. And when I do, I'll add two more females (after they are quarantined, of course), all at the same time, hoping to cut down on the chasing behavior. I don't mind a little chasing, but he was relentless! I don't think I have enough room in the 55, with the other fish there too, or I'd get another male and three more females.

I don't remember where I read that a pair of rainbows is alright. I know I read a LOT about them. I read a male and female, or two of one sex would be good. Now I know better! I've read horror stories of one being ganged up on and killed, and thought there would be less chance of that with just a pair. Oh boy...
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