Joined: Oct 28, 2004 Posts: 2450 Location: Salem, TN
Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 9:55 pm Post subject: Discus Aggression
I've got 2 blue torqs around 4" in my new discus tank. Now have 2 marlboro pigeon bloods around 2.5" in the quarantine tank. After 3 weeks of quarantine i've dropped them into that tank (40 gal 3 ft long). The two occupants had continuously bullied & cornered them in the top. Tomorrow i've planned to net those two biggies out, change the aquascaping, drop in the small ones first and then after a day drop in the biggies.
Pls give your suggestions to accomodate them and before that your views on if i could accomodate them in that tank.
Thanks in advance.
Joined: Jun 29, 2003 Posts: 4259 Location: Chennai
Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:58 pm Post subject:
You are doing the right thing, it can be followed for any cichlid for that matter. Only other thing I would do is have them in a group of 6-8 atleast. This way the aggression on one particular fish is reduced.
Joined: Oct 19, 2003 Posts: 1853 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 11:03 pm Post subject:
Its normal for the oldies to show aggression on new entrants, just like in college...
In order to reduce it, as you've rightly thought, move the big fellas out at least for a weeks time so that they're housed in a new environment...
Let the smaller ones settle in their new home.
And then, release the big fellas back...
This method sometimes give you the expected results...In fish psychology, who's in first is the owner...
But, if your big fellas have lived long in their tank, you may not likely to see any difference as they'd easily recognize their old paradise...
Check if it works, else we'll think of alternatives...
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