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Juvies picking on smallest fish

Postby VaranusPanoptes » Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:23 pm

Is it normal for Mbuna to pick on the smallest fish in the group? They've took pieces out his caudal fin and scales from his body. They're pretty mean for vegetarians.
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Re: Juvies picking on smallest fish

Postby DJRansome » Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:03 pm

It is normal for any fish to pick on the smallest, but not OK. Sounds like you need to remove him. Just because the mbuna isn't trying to eat him does not mean they will not try to damage him and accidentally kill him.

Do I recall that you have 5 polit and 5 demasoni and 5 of something else?

And some of these fish are 1.5" or larger?
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Re: Juvies picking on smallest fish

Postby VaranusPanoptes » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:18 pm

Majority of my fish are over two inches while the tiniest one is 1.25". I have 5 of each species. I need to buy a quarantine tank but I have to cycle it first which takes weeks. Just by observing them I cannot tell which fish is picking on him yet but maybe it will become apparent sooon.
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Re: Juvies picking on smallest fish

Postby VaranusPanoptes » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:19 pm

the third species is Perlmutt. Labadichromis Perlmutt..
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Re: Juvies picking on smallest fish

Postby DJRansome » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:22 pm

You can remove the victim fish.

They can spawn at 2".

Use some media from the established tank for a hospital.
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