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redlessi 08-23-2009 11:30 AM

male bully
Is is normal for the males to bully each other. I have 1 male that constantly picks on the other one. Will he kill it? Thanks much

willow 08-23-2009 04:16 PM

are you talking about the guppys,if so,yes it will continue.
it may pay you to buy some melifix,as the shredded fins will probably get a secondary infection.
if you introduce females,be sure to have a few,as they will be hounded by males.

redlessi 08-23-2009 07:46 PM

I have 2 males and 4 females. The fins are not shredded but it just keeps picking on the bigger one.

willow 08-24-2009 02:30 AM

you may have to re-home him then,there are other things you could try,however
i don't think they will work.sometimes you just get on like that and there's not
much you can do.

redlessi 08-24-2009 05:24 PM

Well I guess he could not take it. Was dead today when I got home from work. I guess the macho man wanted all the girls to himself. I think I will name him macho!!!!!

willow 08-25-2009 12:07 PM

oh no :( sorry to hear that.

adiumroot 08-29-2009 08:57 AM

Sorry about your loss. :(

I had the same issues with my all-male guppy set-up. I took the bully away and made him spend a few days in another tank. When I put him back, the bullying seemed to stop. They still "fight" from time to time but there's no clear aggressor or victim anymore and it's not as intense as before.

redlessi 08-29-2009 06:20 PM

Well now I am down to 1 male and 2 females. The other 2 females died. But the good news is now I have about 6-7 fry. I still have not been able to catch them so they are in the main tank. The are getting noticeably bigger since Monday.

adiumroot 08-30-2009 05:31 AM

As long as they're big enough not to fit in the parents' mouths, then they'll be okay.

The parents seem to be a threat to the young for only 3-4 days after dropping.

Fishin Pole 08-30-2009 07:54 AM

i dont know if you have the room or the tanks, but my red swordtail males where not really aggressive towards one another, but they will posture in front of each other (extending their fins and shaking) but i have never noticed any fin nipping or extreme chasing.......I moved some fry males (2 months old) into the tank with them and now the posturing doesnt seem to happen as much...........Maybe upping the number of males would help, but i dont know if its a sure cure.......I now have 5 males together with my dwarf crayfish and they all get along, and no one picks on the smaller two males

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