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I did a search, and found posts with similar questions, but no real answers.

I've had my yellow labs for about two weeks now, and was lucky enough (I think) to get a small harem of 1 M 3F. The past three mornings, the male seems to be shivvering like crazy in front of a rockpile in the far right of my tank. He also seems to chase around the largest female whenever he's not doing this, or begging for food.

She's now taken to hiding a lot more than she usually does, sometimes even ducking behind the filter (which I hear is a classic sign of agression going too far). Of course, he then stays just by the filter (which is just behind the rockpile) and shimmies like crazy. She will then sneak out the back route, and go off to the other side of the tank until he notices - resume chase.

The bit that's weird to me is that they are juveniles - about 6cm long (thats approximately an inch and a half).

Does any of this sound normal?

Oh, they're in the tank with a small group (4 also) of metriaclima callainos, and it's a 55 g. Tested this morning and it was 0 NH4, 0 NO2 and 12 NO3 (that's mg/l). Ph is a solid, wonderful 8. GH and KH are both around 16.
 

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Thanks DJR

Any idea how long this will continue? If she doesn't give in, will he eventually give up and try another female?
 

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It will continue until she is holding. :) If she is the biggest female, the others may not be capable of producing eggs as yet.

If he (and she) is mature enough to really spawn you will likely have a holding female in a couple of days.

I've never had good luck with quads. I'd add a female for each to spread the aggression.
 

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Thanks again. This forum, and it's moderators, really has been invaluable so far - and it's only been two weeks :lol:

The additional female was the plan, but for that, the LFS has to get in more stock first :) Then I'll get three or four juveniles of each and get rid of extra males as I go. The cobalt blues are completely unsexable as of yet, so that will be necessary anyway.

I look forward to her holding. That will be a new one for me :)
 
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