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post #11 of 16 Old 04-25-2010, 01:48 PM
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I'm no expert but just sounds like they need to be kept apart until the new one adjusts to the tank, maybe a tank divider until she is more comfortable with the other fish in the tank, sounds like she is just scared and the male picks on her for that.
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post #12 of 16 Old 04-26-2010, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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OMG!!!!! genious!!!!!!! i'm gunna try that!!!!!!! btw, would anyone know how to make one of those tank dividers? and p.s. my swardtale eventually died, yesturday, he died when i was rearranging the decor for the gourami problem........ sigh. but thankyou soooooo much!!!!!!!
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post #13 of 16 Old 04-26-2010, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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oh, and could i possibly use a screen for a tank divider?
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post #14 of 16 Old 04-26-2010, 05:03 PM
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If by "screen" you mean like window screen, I would not as the metal would probably damage the fish if they try to get through (they just bang their nose on the plastic or glass dividers) by scraping their scales. Also the metal might corrode in water, depending upon what it is.

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post #15 of 16 Old 04-26-2010, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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ok, but what could i use as a divider that is CHEAP? maybe i won't need one if i keep the light off......... and i've noticed that the males nips look more like kisses, and they're not doing any damage to the female. is this a way of showing affection? thnx!!1
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post #16 of 16 Old 04-26-2010, 06:14 PM
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To answer your question on kissing, fish don't "kiss".
Kissing gouramis are thought of as a romantic fish because they "kiss" so much, but it's actually a test of strength/ a show of aggression.

Swordtails are probably trying to fight, just have little mouths.

As far as a divider, go to wal-mart or a craft store, and try to find "nylon needlepoint screens" They're white screens made of acrylic. I was going to use them to seperate guppies when I wanted to try to isolate genetics and actually control their breeding.
Works well, even if you have to push it down in the gravel pretty far. (has a tendancy to float, but it's easy to wedge it in the gravel where it will stay put.

I bought some.. how big is your tank? I have some sheets that I had.. most of them got cut up for other projects (wrapping around the intake of a powerfilter to keep shrimp and fry from getting sucked in) but I have about 3 pieces sized perfectly for a 10G. Could send you one for shipping.

Also, if it was me, I would just add a lot of hiding places. (plants, woodwork, rocks, etc) and let her come out when she is ready.

My platies fight, but the picked on one has turned into a ninja. It stays in the shadows all day (in the plants) but seems happy. When the aggressor isn't in the main water column, the ninja will wonder out and explore until the aggressor chases him back.

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