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9 years 3 months ago #29014 by baldtaxguy
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LOL, good idea.  Maybe the glass gets cleaned at the same time for pictures!!

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9 years 3 months ago #29013 by Kegger22
maybe things would calm down if you clean their glass with these

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9 years 3 months ago #29011 by baldtaxguy
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Update - this species is one big pain in the ass.  I have been previously keeping the entire group of 10 in 125g since I've had them and as they've grown out and turned up the agression, started moving them into other tanks.  I had moved two dominant males and three females from the group into their own separate tanks that house other, less aggressive fish.  Three of the separated fish sulked, bloated up, and died.  Of the five I've moved out, I have two females that seem to be thriving now.  The pulled males seem to be addicted to the aggression, and when its gone, they deteriorate in attitude and physically.  I placed a pulled female in a divided tank with a pulled male and they both sulked, refused to eat and died.  I changed food, temp, waer changes....died.  Meanwhile, the remaining group of five fish are down to four, with a new dominant male kicking everyone's ass.  Very challenging fish, a bit underwhelming looking as adults...they just seek each other out and kill. The bites they inflict on each other are the worst I've seen, and I've seen a few.  I'll probably end up with one psychotic male and (hopefully) the two surviving females and try once more within a divided arrangement, but just a real challenging fish to keep - I can see why they are not very thick within the hobby.

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9 years 5 months ago #28272 by baldtaxguy
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looking good. this is a beautiful fish. hope they breed for you.

jim


Hope so as well.

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9 years 5 months ago #28271 by baldtaxguy
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Scott-

Does the Barring indicate female? If so, I know what I have...

Thank you in advance for your response!

Nuthman~


Not sure. The largest of this group displays the same,and I assume its a male.

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9 years 6 months ago #28267 by chefjimmy
looking good. this is a beautiful fish. hope they breed for you.

jim

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9 years 6 months ago #28264 by nuth88
Scott-

Does the Barring indicate female? If so, I know what I have...

Thank you in advance for your response!

Nuthman~

"I guess that's the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuatin' itself."

(The Stranger - 6/1998)

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9 years 6 months ago #28259 by baldtaxguy
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Here is a pair possibly bonding. What appears to be the female has a distinctive deepened gold coloring with some barring.

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9 years 8 months ago #27324 by baldtaxguy
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Hey Jim - nothing yet as far as breeding.  The tank is very busy with the carpintis, which probably explains the lack of breeding and the lack of fin damage.  The aggression seems to be saved more for feeding space than establishing breeding territories...at this time.  I have been using a mix of the tetra sticks and a small pellet.  Most the the species I keep are aggressive feeders, but this mix of fish is extraordinary at feeding time - I have to close the tank lid quickly since they hit the food so hard, the sticks and pellets fly out of the tank.  I plan on slowly reducing the number of fish of both species this Fall so (hopefully) some pairs can get established.  This is a delicate balance since the tank is only a 125 and I really require something twice the footprint to increase the odds of success.

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9 years 8 months ago #27320 by chefjimmy
any breeding action on these guys, im amazed they all have there fins intact. what are you feeding them, the same tetra sticks.

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