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aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby Alexpol08 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:11 pm

So i just started up a vic tank about 2 week ago. fully cycled. fish were introduced two weeks ago.
Anyways I was under the impression that Astatotilapia latifasciata were fairly mild in their aggression. I have a one male and three females. Well the male is the biggest bully in the tank. Is there anything i can do to curb his aggression? I know each fish has a different temperament as an individual but i would have to have to get rid of him as he looks awesome!

The stocking is as follows. One female a piece.
5 Xystichromis Kyoga Flameback
5 Pundamilia sp. blue bar
4 Astatotilapia latifasciata
5 Paralabidochromis chromogynos
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby DJRansome » Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:52 pm

Adding females might help. I had a male in a hap/peacock tank that I had to get rid of due to aggression as well.
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby Alexpol08 » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:16 pm

he is with 3 other females. Planing on buying one more as all the other fish are 1m:4f. I dont know if one more will make a difference or not
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby DJRansome » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:03 pm

Me either. Why not try 7 females?
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby Alexpol08 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:03 am

Wil the tank be able to handle that many fish? Its a 75gal with currently 19 cichlids
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby DJRansome » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:44 am

Sounds OK to me. If it ends up being a problem you may have to choose among the species and rehome one group.
125G Borleyi, Maleri, Astatotilapia, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Maingano, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Petricola
33G Hara; 33G Kwanga; 33G Homeless Peacocks; 33G Cobue
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby Alexpol08 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:29 am

Okay! in that case which would be more beneficial, to add 4 more females or another species altogether (to spread out aggression / slightly over stock) ?
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby DJRansome » Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:06 pm

The last thing you need is another species. It seems to me you have three choices now. Try 4 more female astatotilapia or swap the male hoping for a less aggressive one or eliminate the species astatotilapia entirely and add females to the other species for 1m:6f of each.
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby Alexpol08 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:11 pm

Okay. Sounds good. I did discover what may be causing the problem. I believe i have 2m and 2f. I ordered only one male but i was admiring my tank and noticed one was getting some red coloring. So my first step is to get rid of him
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby Alexpol08 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:05 pm

so im going to rehome my subdominant male, will he be good in a 29g (30 x 12 x 18) until i find him a new home?
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby DJRansome » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:08 pm

If he is alone, yes.
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby turok » Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:26 pm

What did you do/worked eventually?

I have an Astatotilapia latifasciata in a mixed tank as well -i am almost sure i have only males in general, i am just finding out more about what species i have..- , and after i removed 3 adult cichlids, he has started the bullying. I isolated him 1-2 times for a couple hours -in the main and only tank- and he is already acting better now. But i am not sure about the future since i have a lot of different species "i am not supposed" to have.
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Re: aggressive Astatotilapia latifasciata

Postby Alexpol08 » Mon May 04, 2015 12:15 pm

He's is now in a isolation tank, where he will stay until i find a suitable Home. The aggression in the tank has decreased dramatically. The only aggression in the tank now is between the female and the other male who is now coloring up. She chases him around but it is nothing excessive
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