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Aggressive breeding severums #1
Hi,

I’ve just joined so hello to all, I hope you are all doing well.
I have a Rio 350 with 4 red neck/shoulder severums (3 male, 1 female) and one remaining blue accara (female) left from 4.
The fish were all purchased together and are now just over 2 years old.
2 of the severums have started breeding and have become very aggressive and are harassing the other fish. I cannot separate the breeding pair as I don’t have the space for another tank. Should I consider trying to re-home the female to calm things down or will the 3 males still fight for dominance . I really love all of the fish and would rather not see any go but just want to do what’s best for them.

Sorry for the long post.

Thanks in advance 🙏

Ps. Not sure why the photos upside down? Sorry for the neck aches

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Re: Aggressive breeding severums #2
You can try rehoming the female and that may help, but there is a possibility that the males may fight for dominance - how big is the tank?
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Re: Aggressive breeding severums #3
Hi,

It’s a 350 litre (92 us gallons/77 imperial gallons).
The fish are roughly 5 inches nose to tail.
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Re: Aggressive breeding severums #4
The tank is big enough then, even when they finish growing. I have a pair of these in my 6ft but started with 5 juveniles. When they matured there were two pairs and a spare male, and with a breeding pair at each end and a male being bullied by both it was chaos so I rehomed all but a pair. The male is now about 8 inches long. I think if you don't want to breed them they'll settle after the female has gone.

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Re: Aggressive breeding severums #5
Thanks for the reply. I’m not interested in breeding them so this seems like the only real option available. it’s a shame as she is a lovely specimen.
Now to try and find someone ‘worthy enough’ to take her

Thanks again