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post #1 of 5 Old 06-20-2014, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Endlers--are they bugging him too much?

I posted that I just got some tiger endlers the other day. My question is, a couple of the black bar endlers won't leave the tigers alone (one in particular). This is in my all male tank. They follow him and bug him everywhere he goes. I'm not sure when to decide this is too much. I'm afraid they may be stressing him out, as most of the time they are following him.They must think he's girl, lol. My other tank is about ten girls (endlers) with four or five boys, just starting to color up. I don't want to move this guy who is getting bugged by the others after he's only been here for two days. It seems that would be just as stressful, if not more, than these guys bugging him. What would you do?

10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.

20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-20-2014, 06:22 PM
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Ah, occasionally this happens. Endlers are pretty peaceful, but they will sometimes pester males of other types until they leave. Sometimes they will nip if they have a fungal infection coming on, they'll bite it off making it hard for you to even see anything(I had this happen once! I moved the fish to a tank alone and a few days later saw why they were picking on her when the fuzz popped up in the areas she was being nipped...although it's also entirely possible the fungus happened BECAUSE they chewed up her slime coat I suppose).


Anyways, if you don't have a bunch of hiding, get them some. May lessen the stress and make it harder for them to bully each other. I love having java moss around, they get in there and hide.

If they don't leave him be, you may want to remove the bullies, not him, temporarily. They aren't exactly territorial fish, but like any fish they can become so randomly. Removing them for a short time makes them think they've been dropped into someone else's territory and they shouldn't bug. If they do, you may want to find him a new home.



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post #3 of 5 Old 06-24-2014, 12:44 AM
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Remove him and several others to a container for a day or two and put them back. This breaks the aggression cycle.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-24-2014, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your replies. The problem seems to have stopped. Everyone is "playing" and chasing each other, but no one fish is being picked on. I guess they were fascinated with these new colors I put in the tank. If the problems starts again, I will surely remove some of them for a few days. Thank you!

10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.

20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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