11-24-2011, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
They need a larger group, minimum 8, and in a 30g tank. In smaller numbers they are often aggressive to themselves and other fish. It is a real risk having TB with other fish unless the tank is large. This species is naturally aggressive; sometimes it is major, sometimes less; sometimes they seem fine, then suddely they will tear into each other or other fish. All of this is stressful to the fish, and stress means poorer health.
This is understandable. I figured "fin nippers" meant aggressive. Hopefully they'll remain calm until I get their tank in the next day or two.. they're pretty relaxed right now, or so far. They gobbled up the bloodworms I gave them and I made sure they have plenty of places to hide in their temporary tank. I have a sorority so I'm familiar with aggression. It's a shame Walmart only had the two of them in such a tiny tank by themselves, no plants or anything to hide in.
I read they are hardy fish... so, will they be all right when I get their tank and filter while the cycle begins? I'd rather have the tank cycled before I introduce them but at the same time I don't want them eating each others' faces.