12-15-2011, 12:18 AM
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Originally Posted by rrcoolj
I am not referring too irresponsible fish keepers who place many large aggressive fish in an undersized tank. I am referring to responsible fish keepers who grow some of the harder to raise fish out and end up with casualties because of high con-specific aggression or even worse bloat. All the fish you mentioned don't have this problem. But there is a reason there are not a whole lot of hatiensis, islatum, festae, grammodes, etc. pairs around. They are hard to raise fish and like I said many experienced keepers I know have suffered with them. Con-specific aggression as well as bloat can deliver a major blow to you juveniles even with proper care. This is well before the fish are large. CA pairs can be extremely unpredictable and deaths do happen even with the most experienced keepers. I have seen it happen many times.
To the OP I would't go for the divider just yet. I would focus on finding more festae to grow out. There are plenty of places online that sell festae. There seems to be a bit of a festae craze happening.
I am not inclined to keep kicking a dead horse.
I have shared my thought's,expieriences, and OP is free to do as they wish.
I agree with you that it is irresponsible fishkeeper's who place many large, extremely aggressive fish in too small of tanks.
If OP Chooses to do as you suggest, and place more of same species in tank barely large enough for two Adult's, then the outcome in my view,is a near certainty.