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post #1 of 3 Old 09-22-2012, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Punk fish

Just having a problem with my African Cichlids and being way to territorial... there's one main fish and it scares the other ones away and makes em just hid in a corner all the time n only comes out to eat, so it also stunts their growth n leaves the main one to keep growing. Any suggestions on how to fix this
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-22-2012, 10:27 PM
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It sounds like you have too many fish in your tank. African cichlids ARE territorial fish and need a certain amount of space per fish. There isn't really a way to change the natural behavior of the fish. You can rehome the bully, and that might fix it - or it might just let another fish take the place of tank ruler. Or you can get a bigger tank.

If neither of these are options, try adding more plants, caves, or structures to break up lines of sight, and that might alleviate the problem slightly.

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-23-2012, 01:29 PM
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Specifically what fish do you have in the tank and what size tank is it?

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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