03-10-2014, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by SeaHorse
3 males in a 10 gallon doesn't really leave them much room to get away from each other. Males will posture and flare at each other. Some species will circle and circle, others just flare or chase. Often the harassment leads to death I'm afraid.
What can you do? Trouble is that they will find their own pecking order. I've seen the "coward" from one tank be moved and become the bully of a different tank. It's part of their nature. Adding females only makes it worse... something to fight over, pester and way too many babies to cope with.
If you can't return one to the store, or do a 2nd or bigger tank, then I would suggest a TON of plants and rocks to create places to get away, hide and rest. Trouble with that is the Bully won't allow the weaker to come out and eat sometimes. The first thing I would do tho is add a lot more plants if you haven't already. Real or fake. Hope that helps you to understand what is happening.
(Then there are the dynamics of mixing different species and it can get quite tricky!)
Research before you buy is the best thing to do.
Thanks so much for the advice. Well I could go out of my way and add more plants if that helps. I really feel bad for the little guy and want this to stop :(
I am interested in the mixing different species of fish thing though. What else can I add in there that can possibly help? Originally, I thought of putting a betta as my last fish but with all this aggression I may need to rethink my choices. I'm open to anything really except getting a bigger/other tank because that is out of my reach at the moment. Also, what good big plants can help (I currently have a few anarchis and one Anubias, no CO2 or fertilizer though)?
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