11-05-2010, 09:29 AM
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Very aggressive male variatus
My male variatus was fine until I bought a second variatus. The new variatus is a female. It's been a week, and every time the female comes out of the plants for food, the male chases and bashes into it causing the female a lot of stress.
I assure you it isn't mating; it's quite aggressive and knocks the female around a bit. I don't want this purchase to go to waste! Variatus are hard to find here and it costs an arm and a leg to have them shipped in.
What can I do? The male has paired up with a blue wagtail platy (meaning I know what he's like when he's mating). The female is instantly attacked when spotted. The only other tank I have right now is a hospital tank which is currently being used to treat 2 fish with ich.