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I have a love hate relationship with my dominant male Hongi. When he's colored up and acting somewhat docile he is a beautiful and interesting fish to watch.

But when he goes on his rampages, and rampage can even be an understatement, he drives me and the other fish in the tank nuts. He can drive almost all of the other fish to top water to get away from him. He routinely has chases that can last up to 30 seconds towards a single fish.

Even when he is calm he still thinks almost half of the bottom of the tank is his. This is my number one problem with him.

He is in a 75 gallon with 3 other female Hongis. The tank also has Labs, Acei, Pearlmuts and a single Demasoni and Cobalt. Number of fish is 26. No other problems with any of the other fish. All fish are about the same size.

I've been thinking about giving him up a lot recently. Sometimes it seems as if he can go a week without being too aggressive, but then the next week he starts right back up again.

Any input is greatly appreciated.
 

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hi there,

well my expirience tels me following: 75 gallon is approx 280L (since we use L I must recalculate) I personaly have a 300L aq. and in it I have approx. 40 cichlids, all of them are from 3 to 7cm long and I have no problem.
In it I have Hongi, Demasoni,Pearlmuts,Caerleus...and several more species.

I know that many people dont approve 40 in this volume but the only way to cut down the aggression is to have more pcs in one aq.

do not give us Hongi it is a beautiful fish...
 

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I'd say add female Hongi. While you are at it, I would limit to 4 species, increase the number of females for each.

I think you can fit more fish, but if you don't add more of the fish you already have, it won't help the aggression.
 
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