10-18-2009, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by andrewr2488
How would things go if i bought 2-3 males, and later down the line re-arranged the aquarium and added 3 more females? i would think it would be ok but im no expert.. since i'd re-arrange things i would thing the territorial thing would start over and they'd establish new territories? Not sure how claiming their females goes?
According to evidence from collectors, this fish in nature lives in isolation, only coming together at spawning times. Males will therefore constantly challenge each other, and in large enough quarters with individual territories that rarely leads to damage. In a 55g I would say three is the max, with plants/wood/rocks arranged so as to provide each with a "territory." If determining male or female is not certain (fish young, too small) I would say 2-3 fish is it. With luick you might have a mix.