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MadeInHell 07-29-2011 06:47 PM

Worried About My Uaru!
My uaru's are roughly both 10 inch, and have always been very calm, until tonight, they've started squaring up, biting eachothers sides, and fighting mouth to mouth, ripping their noses, they're both getting blue colours on their fins and faces, one more than the other, and ones eyes are turning bright orange, whereas the other ones body is getting dark shades appearing, i'm worried as i can't find anything on this.... HELP!

rrcoolj 07-29-2011 07:51 PM

Shot in the dark but it sounds like your uaru are pairing up. They are showing typical cichlids flirting behavior. What size tank and what are the tankmates? That or they could be 2 males or 2 females. If you notice one getting beat up REALLY bad then remove the injured one. But if they have been together without problem and suddenly decided to do this they very well may be pairing up.

Congrats if they pair Uaru should be really fun to raise.

MadeInHell 07-29-2011 08:04 PM

Hey, thanks for the reply, they've been brought up together, and this is the first time they've even shown any aggression towards each other, they are both giving as good as they are getting! they're currently in a 100 gallon tank, and are with 3 albino oscars (who are extremely calm for oscars) and a few gourami's.
I'm hoping they pair up, just to see my tank full of little uaru's!!

rrcoolj 07-29-2011 10:24 PM

Good keep us updated. 3 oscars are way too much for an 100 gallon tank. Especially adding in 2 full grown uaru. Water quality is important and if it isn't good enough your fry can suffer the consequences. Plus the oscars will probably eat the Uaru fry. If I were you i would ditch the oscars and keep the pair of Uarus(assuming they pair) in there with maybe some tetras and cory catfish. Whatever you decide to do the tank is not big enough for all those fish.

MadeInHell 07-30-2011 08:52 AM

The oscars are gone, just got one left now, i've heard it'll encourage the uaru's to protect their eggs, for future spawning, there has been no more fighting since last night, they're quite happy again! one of them is getting darker and darker though, Fingers Crossed its good!

rrcoolj 07-30-2011 12:19 PM

Crossing my fingers for you! this is one south american species I would love to keep one day. As for fish that help unite the pair they are usually called target fish. these are small fish that the pair pick on to not only keep their pair bond strong but it helps keep their parental instinct strong. larger tetras will serve that purpose as well as smaller cichlids.

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