11-17-2009, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by southamericancichlidguy23
is its in there dna to fight its nothing new my oscar firemouth have there issue once or twice day then there ok like married couple
Once or twice a day isn't healthy or natural at all. That needs sorting pronto, before one of the two is dead.
In a good cichlid habitat, they should essentially just have the one fight. This establishes the dominant male and the victor is respected.
After 6 months or so, substantial growth or a change is circumstances (new fish introduced, change tank decor etc) another "fight" may and probably will break out to establish the new dominant male.
Regular fights however, especially between the same fish, are not natural and preventative measures should be taken.