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WHY is he so aggressive?

Postby Livvie15 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:38 pm

Calico male peacock. He’s stressing out the other peacocks, even killed two.
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Re: WHY is he so aggressive?

Postby fishboy75 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:50 pm

Because he's a hybrid mixed with who knows what kind of mbuna. I see other mbuna in there. Better off not keeping "natural" peacocks in with them.
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Re: WHY is he so aggressive?

Postby Livvie15 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:05 pm

fishboy75 wrote:Because he's a hybrid mixed with who knows what kind of mbuna. I see other mbuna in there. Better off not keeping "natural" peacocks in with them.

Oh wow I didn’t realise mbuna could hybridise with peacocks. Thanks for the info.
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Re: WHY is he so aggressive?

Postby Livvie15 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:06 pm

Also shiiiiiiiz i have other peacocks arriving soon :/
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Re: WHY is he so aggressive?

Postby DJRansome » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:04 pm

Maybe rehome the OB and the mbuna.
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Re: WHY is he so aggressive?

Postby Livvie15 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:52 pm

I should have just stuck with my mbuna. The guy at the fish shop (which list themselves as African cichlid specialists) said I was fine to mix them. I have some juvenile peacocks arriving soon, hopefully the aggression will then be spread out more. My mbuna don’t have any aggression toward the peacocks, and they are even breeding. It’s pretty much just this OB thats the only problem.
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Re: WHY is he so aggressive?

Postby DJRansome » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:01 pm

Spawning does not necessarily mean the fish are doing well. See how it goes...peak aggression may not happen for six months to a year as the fish mature.

Peacocks can survive with some peaceful mbuna like yellow labs but the more aggressive the mbuna, the riskier it is.
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Re: WHY is he so aggressive?

Postby noki » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:11 pm

You always have dominant males, and some are more jerks than others. The problem with real Aulonocara mixed with Mbuna and specialty hybrids is that they can be stressed out, and males may not show full colour (which is the main attraction).

The Calico hybrid may be more likely to chase Aulonocara because he has ancestors that were similar, he thinks they are competition. The Mbuna are not as related, so they are less interested in the Aulonocara.
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