09-04-2012, 06:21 AM
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I realize the footprint isn't that long, but I was told that Festivums are like Angels in that they don't need a lot of horizontal room, as they are calm hoverers. I wanted to just stick with the one, but I read that they are happier in pairs. It was also to my understanding that they are generally a very docile and calm cichlid, so I didn't anticipate a problem. Maybe it's just that Jerry's individual personality does not tolerate another of his kind.
Currently, they are hanging out on opposite sides of the tank, but I don't think either are very happy, so I will be rehoming the new Festivum.
My question remains, though, just for my own knowledge... Is there a period of displaying dominance to new tank mates, or is it pretty much a permanent problem if one is picking on the other from the beginning?