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post #1 of 5 Old 10-27-2013, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Lemon Tetras being Jerks

So I just got some Lemon Tetras the other day, and it ended up being 3 males and one female (not ideal, I know) but today, the three males are relentlessly chasing the female, and I mean relentlessly. What can I do to change this?
It would be easier to trade the female for a male, as there's always more males, then it would just be territorial fights, but the males pretty much ignore each other just to chase her.
Any advice would be awesome.

30gal long, moderately planted
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-30-2013, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Well, since then, they've eaten and established their dominance hierarchy so the incessant chasing has more or less stopped. So I guess patience on my part was what was needed.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-30-2013, 11:08 PM
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Glad to hear things have mellowed out...

You may want to think about increasing the number of the shoal to 7-8, I think they will do better in a larger group

You are correct, often we just need to apply some patience.

Have fun and be PATIENT!
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-31-2013, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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I think I will get two more, see if maaaaaaaaaaaaaybe.... it can be two females. Doubt it, but worth a try
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-10-2014, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Uwahhhhhhhhhhhhh! Look at all this black magic as I bring my own thread back to a semblance of life.
I just wanted to update this in case anyone in internetland ever has a similar issue and wants to know how I worked mine out.

I have discovered lemons... are jerks. That's about it. They are jerks.
The three males ended up chasing the one female to death. I separated first the dominant male, then later put him back and took out the submissive. Nothing changed, one still chased the other.
I bought 5 more, bringing my totals to 8. one was female. Now I had males chasing each other and all 7 chasing the one female. I took her out. Then I traded her for a male.
And now, everyone gets along swimmingly.
They might chase each other for an hour in the morning but there is no intra- and interspecies issues now.
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