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Bettafish13 07-09-2014 12:01 AM

Female Platy Bullying Other Females
I have 4 female platys in a 10 gallon tank, none appear to be pregnant but I have only had them one week so it is possible. The largest of the four has recently started to chase and nip all the other females in the tank with her. She hasn't done any real damage yet, but I don't want my other fish to get too stressed out and die on me.

Things I have tried: At first I had 1 male and 4 females, with this the male would constantly harass all of the females and nip at their fins so I took him back to the store. Things were pretty peaceful for a while until I noticed the largest female was now doing the bullying. At this point I rearranged the tank and added a couple live plants to try and curb any territorial behaviors. This did not work at all and she is harassing them more than ever! Will I have to bring her back to the store too? and if I do will another platy just start doing the same thing? Please help me! :cry:

TangibleTetra 07-09-2014 09:14 PM

Hey there, have you tried providing more cover for the others? Just places for them to hid and get away for a bit. Is there a chance that it isnt a girl? Maybe you have another male? I wouldnt worry too much though, a bit of teasing is normal. Even more so with new groups, this could be them establishing their 'ranks'. As long as she isnt doing real damage to the others you should be fine. If you havent yet, try adding more plants/cover and such for the other platies. Hope that was helpful, goodluck.

Bettafish13 07-10-2014 01:44 AM

Her anal fin is pretty clearly fanned and attached to her, I guess it is possible though. But, that doesn't really matter because she has stopped doing it! After I did a water change and moved around/added a couple things to the tank everything became quite peaceful :) Thank you so much for your help!

TangibleTetra 07-10-2014 01:49 AM

Perfect! Thats great then :) No problem

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