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When to start pulling fish?

Postby Ben2988 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:02 pm

So a few months ago I decided to try the all male peacock/hap tank set up. All fish are still under 3" and there about 6 species in groups of three (roughly 18) in a 150 gal. Some fish are starting to color and others I'm just not sure of yet. The one difinate male, is the boss and chases of course. No fin damage to others, just keeps about a cubic foot area clear of all fish. There are a few others that have some color and not as aggressive. Do I pull this fish or keep him? Is time to start pulling any potential females yet? I could not find an artical with alot of detail. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Postby brinkles » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:40 pm

I'd remove all females of any species that you can recognize a male.
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Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:55 pm

Absolutely. If you knew they were females, you would have never wanted to add them to the tank.

Mine were all over 3" when I added them 1.25 years ago and they are still coloring up. :thumb:
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Postby Ben2988 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:41 am

It is still hard tell if there are any females. So if one of the fish in the group is showing signs of being male do I pull the rest without knowing if they are male or female? I can post some pics if that will help.
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Postby phinexswarm35 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:14 am

u can isolate the male, there might be other factors that makes the colours fade
let him less food if u decided to isolate him if its going to doing peace then go for it
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Postby riverpaws » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:18 pm

The point is to find males, right? So if you know you have a male of one species, why not pull the rest of the fish of that species? You've accomplished what you wanted to, there's no sense keeping any of the other ones, IMO.
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Postby reiko1897 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:45 pm

He is just being territorial :)
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