I found out I have some aggressive species in our 55g. tank. That's what you get when you buy fish before researching them. The 3 auratus (didn't know their sexes as they were real small juvies), the male and female kenyi (so I bought 2 more females), the 3 red zebras (didn't know their sexes either as they were small).
The other fish in the tank are...
4 Mainganos (I think one male and 3 females)
3 albino socolofi (1male 1 female one unknown that hides all the time now)
3 albino auratus (I think 1male and 2 females no problems with them...yet)
4 cobalts (don't know their sexes, so far no trouble)
3 acei (? sexes)
3 yellow labs (? sexes)
2 N. brichardi (? sexes still real small)
2 Leporinus (6&7"now)
Trouble first started with the red zebras. I now think they are all male. The largest one is the tank bully. I tried removing him but he wasn't even out of the tank for 5 min. before another red zebra took his place as tank bully so I put him back and put in a new cave that he claimed and now stays busy guarding it instead of bullying everyone so much. I'm planning on getting rid of the other 2 so they can find some peace somewhere and maybe trying to find some females for him. He's so pretty I hate to get rid of him. He's even making me think again of an all male tank.
Two of the 3 auratus started turning male color. One chases the other non stop if it isn't hiding now. If I can talk hubby into it I think I'll get rid of all 3 of them. At least get rid of the one male that is getting bullied then try to find more females(maybe).
So far (Knock on wood) there hasn't been any problems with the kenyi except for the few minutes when I remove the red zebra that was the tank boss. At that point the male kenyi and one of the cobalts were locking lips. Since I've put the red zebra back there isn't any more problems with those two though.
I was planning on getting a 75g. or maybe even a 5 foot tank for my birthday in May but our Kim here advised me that might not be soon enough so then I planned on getting our empty 55g. up and running and at least seperating some of the fish. Right! I had a mishap involving my hand getting crushed in a door. No broken bones but 2 big scabs and what looks like 1/2 a hen egg under the skin on the top of my hand OUCH not to mention all the pretty colors. That happened the Fri. before Easter and that's what it looks like today (way better than it looked before but still hurting to much to try to set up a 55g. tank).
I don't guess there's really anything pressing to be done right now except for the 2 male auratus. I would put the one being bullied in the little 1&1/2g. hex. tank that I have but it's got my daughter's sick little fish in it as of today(posted about that in the right place) so I hope the bullied auratus can make it until Mon. when I can take him to the LFS (no real damage to him done yet).
Any thoughts or suggestions about how to arrange the fish once the new tanks are in place? Any that I should get rid of for sure? Any that I should get
? Hopefully there will be 2-55g. tanks and a 5ft. tank. Like I said I'm even thinking about doing one of the 55's an all male tank so I don't have to go through the trial and error of finding more females. Sorry this is so long
Wanted Kim to know that she was right and trouble is starting before May