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Hello all, I was wondering I have a pair of yellow labs and have had them for about 6 months now. They have produced many many fry together but all of a sudden the male keeps messing with the female harshly. Her tail looks like **** and she spends most of her time trying to keep away from the male. While all the while shes holding. I dont understand whats going on this is new, any suggestions would be great. Thanks!!!!!!
 

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He wants attention and she can't give it to him. Mbuna are harem fish and it's best to keep 2-3 females for every male of a species if possible. This gives the holding female some cover from his unwanted advances. If she's not able to hide or have another female take up the slack the male is going to run her ragged. While she's holding she is also not eating and will be worn down quickly.

I would get more females to prevent this in the future and as quickly as possible set-up a hospital tank where she can spit and recover her fins and strength or remove the male untill she is healthy again.
 

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I agree with iceblue. Good advice. :thumb:
 

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If you do not have a Q tank ready or available, what I do is keep my holding females in breeder nets hung in the main tank when my Q tanks is used for other purposes. The problem isnt really going to be solved until, like Iceblue said, getting more females.
 
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