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I got a bunch of new mbuna, for my overstocked, all-male, 60 gallon, mbuna tank.

Here is the list of what I have in it now:

Yellow lab
P acei X 2
OB Zebra
L. hongi SRT
P daktari
C. afra Cobue Albino
C. sp 'Lion' Mara Rocks
L. perlmutt Rhodes Island
L. pallidus 'yellow cap'
L. sp 'Mbamba'
L. chisumulae Chizumulu Island
P. sp 'Williamsi North' Makonde
C. pulpicans Likoma (sold as M. pulpicans Likoma)

The pulpicans is the problem... he has taken over the tank and keeps the others in a small area together. I had 10 fish in the tank and rearranged, so that 6 stayed and I added 8 new ones, including the pulpicans, yesterday. It has not even been 24 hours.

I think I am more stressed about it than my fish. Should I remove the pulpicans and put him in my 10 gallon holding tank or should I let it be for now and see how it evolves?

BTW, the pulpicans is absolutely stunning!
 

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I'd take him out then post a pick of him :D I've never had that happen before and it would freek me out too. I don't know if leaving him, if it would get any better or not but my guess would be not.
 

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They are truly beautiful fish...

I would put him in "time out" for awhile and allow the other fish to settle in.

He is one of your new ones, right?

Kim
 

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yeah, I got him yesterday with the others.
 

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I would really get into the habit of quarantining new fish...You can save yourself alot of trouble and headache by doing that. :thumb:

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Yeah I know I should be quarantining them. I did with the daktari I got a the LFS. I didn't with these 8 because I didn't think it was a good idea to stuff 8 fish in my 10 gallon tank for quarantine and I don't have a bigger one at this time. I would have liked to get 4 at a time, but I ordered them and had them shipped to me and it would have been almost double to have them shipped in 2 orders.

In any case, I did manage to catch this guy (and I am proud to say without disturbing any of my rock work.) He is in the 10 gallon and the other fish are definitely destressing, although an occassional chase is still occuring.

So now what do I do with him? He does not seem very happy alone in the 10 gallon. I can either leave him there a week while the other fish adapt to the tank and then try putting him back, or I can simply keep him isolated until I find him a new home? I think he would do very very well in a tank with very aggressive mbuna like Kenyi.

Here's a very bad picture of him. He has a beautiful pale blue blaze on top of his head that is not seen due to the flash in this picture. He looks just like 2 of the pictures in the Profiles under P. Kinsizei (the second and fourth pictures down.)

 

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I'm unfamiliar with these fish and can't comment, but he is a stunner. Just because he's so attractive, I'd probably try making a go of putting him back after a week and some rock rearrangement and see if he behaves himself. You can always threaten him that if he doesn't behave he goes back to the LFS. Sometimes that works!!! :)
 

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Leave him in the 10G longer than a week...Give it about a month, let everyone else settle in, and then reintroduce him.

If you put him in too quick, your other fish won't be settled into the tank well.

I've kept these before...Males can be really really aggressive, and very hard on their females.

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As I read this our male Acei is in time out.. he was trying to spawn with two females and terrorizing every other fish in the tank. The females seemed distressed too, along with the sub-dom male. He was so caught up in chasing the female she swam right into my net and he followed. I was wondering how long to keep him out when I read this post. While he was trying to spawn every other fish was hiding..now that he is out everything is back to normal. :idea:
 

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I got a few other pictures that are better:





 

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Just to update: This beautiful little fishy went to his new home yesterday... I hope he is happy there... such an incredibly beautiful yet mean fish! I should be getting a Cynotilapia Hara (blue reef) tomorrow and hopefully he ill be happier in my tank!
 
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