01-17-2008, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by fish_4_all
As small tank and too few of them. The aggression is beause they don't have a true pecking order. One goes in first, thinks it runs the tank and fights with the other as there are no others to spread out the aggression or the games they will play.
I am curious though, why do you take them out to do a water change?
I've noticed one is more dominant when I release them one at a time but yesterday I put them in both at the same time. I have been taking them out when I do water changes because I use a self-starting gravel vacuum that you shake up and down in the water to start flowing. Since the tank is so small I thought that would be very stressful on the fish if they were in there while I was doing that.
Originally Posted by willow
personally i would say that it's because there is only the
two of them,they are far better off ina large group
then they spread the agression amongst themselves.
i think that soon enough you will find the smaller one dead,
if it is being chased to the extent that it is sitting on the
bottom of the tank,stress will kill it off soon.
if it were me i would take them back and get something else,
small shrimp and mystery snails perhaps ?
Yes, they should be in a bigger group. Unfortunately I did no research on the fish beforehand. I figured I would get another one because it would be better to have 2 than 1. The smaller one has been able to fend for himself up to this point, I don't know why there is suddenly a problem. The good news is I am going to be able to set up a big tank within the next month, hopefully 55 gallon, in which I will be able to transfer these fish and get a few more (maybe 3?) to finish out the school.