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  • Posted on: 13/4/2013 16:02
bullying #1
Hi everyone,
I received 2 cockatoo cichlids on Wednesday (one male and one female) to go with my remaining female cockatoo cichlid. My old female seems to be picking on my new male just by chasing him but she doesn't seem to notice my new female.
Parameters are all fine (ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 10)
Everyone is eating fine to.
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  • Posted on: 13/4/2013 16:07
Re: bullying #2
She's probably trying to encourage him to breed. How old are the newbies - are they full adult size or still only youngsters?
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Re: bullying #3
They are the ones you recommended from kesgrave they are all coloured up and looking lovely they are still small though and I don't really think he likes it because he goes and hides from her but she is a full adult I've almost had her for 6 months.
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  • Posted on: 13/4/2013 16:29
Re: bullying #4
Yep, sounds like she's trying to breed with him, but he's just not interested yet. Is she kind of side-slapping him with her tail?
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Re: bullying #5
Yes she is that's what makes him swim away and hide.
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  • Posted on: 13/4/2013 16:34
Re: bullying #6
That's the classic "come on" for these fish
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Re: bullying #7
Hahaha!!! should I just leave them to it then ?
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Re: bullying #8
It should be safe to leave them to it as long as he has somewhere to escape to. However, if you find he starts to look depressed and hide in the comer all the time you'll need a rethink as they can die from stress if they receive too much unwanted attention - especially as the lady in question may become increasingly aggressive if her demands aren't met
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Re: bullying #9
Every time she goes to him he will go and hide behind something and she doesn't follow him so I think he should be OK at the moment I'll just keep my eye on him . Didn't realise quite how frisky they are
As always thanks for your help fl
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Re: bullying #10
Things seem to be looking a bit better today he has found a part In my filter housing where there is no media and no equipment but it is full of water ( I don't really know why its there) and he can hide in there if he wants he is eating really well and he was raising his dorsal fin to her earlier and she was hitting so hopefully things are looking up.
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