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Is there a way for me to separate an aggressive sword fish from the other in the tank without my having a net or special container?
Of the two sword tails I bought yesterday, one is showing aggressive behavior, that I've just witnessed for myself tonight, although he's already killed one of my red min tetras and now a ruby tetra has his dorsal fin ripped quite badly as well as a sunburst has a nip out of his tail and another red min tetra has had his dorsal fin bit as well.
I want to take both the sword tails back to the pet shop after work tomorrow, but I have a feeling I'll wake up to more dead fish tomorrow morning and come home to dead fish tomorrow night if I can't separate him first.
Is there anything I can rig up to use as a temporary pen that someone on this board may have tried and had success with?
Disregard my question. I managed to get these two fish back to the pet store just as they were closing. Phew, my fish can sleep well tonight!
Hi, and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.
And welcome to a fellow BC-er. Where abouts are you, if I may ask. As you can see, I'm in Vancouver--actually Pitt Meadows.
Glad you solved the problem. Swords can be nasty like that; I would suggest not mixing them (or other livebearers) with smaller quiet fish like tetra. They need different water parameters too, swords need basic harder water while the tetra are better in soft slightly acidic water.
I'm on the island. Nice to meet a fellow BC-er!
The research for the right mix of fish can be a tad annoying, different information from several websites; from how many to purchase, to food, water and light conditions, the info is all over the board it seems. I don't want any aggressive fish in my tank, just some nice colorful quiet little guys to watch.
On the island your water is likely soft and slightly acideic; when I lived in Victoria it was. Might be different if you are up island. IF this is the case, you have soft acidic water, I would forget livebearers. They will not do well unless you raise the hardness and pH with natural calcareous products like dolomite, marble, coral. But soft acidic water fish will be right at home.
Rocks do not work so well, they take too long; gravel or crushed rock like dolomite or marble works well. I have had no luck finding dolomite recently, it used to be in every fish store. Crushed coral will also work, though not as effectively because it doesn't have magnesium like dolomite does. Marble chips I have never used myself.
The amount of these varies, but if the intention is to raise the hardness and pH significantly it will take a fair bit. I used dolomite for the substrate and I believe I had a pH around 7.8 with Victoria's tap water than back then was around 6 or even less.
Thanks for the info. That's something I'll sleep on and talk to hubby about. I'm fading fast though, I'm dead tired, so I'm going to call it a night.
Again, thank you.
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