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Old 04-02-2014, 01:39 PM   #1
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Is there any way to temporarily reduce the aggressiveness of larger males so I can add some smaller cichlids to the tank without them getting bullied.
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Keep the tank dark and the more you're adding to the tank the better, since the aggression won't be towards only 1.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:27 PM   #3
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You can also move the caves and deco around.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:17 PM   #4
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I always add my fish by feeding the current fish and then pull a dark cover over the tank with the lights off in that specific room... Pitch black keeps them calm. Then they all wake up together...
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Lol @Doug4702 I just imagined fishes waking up next to fishes they don't know thinking, "What happened last night?"
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Is there any way to temporarily reduce the aggressiveness of larger males so I can add some smaller cichlids to the tank without them getting bullied.
What type of cichlids are we talking about here? If you are talking most Rift Lake African species were the large males are claiming territories, making the tank dark isn't going to help much. Moving the rock work and decorations around so you force the dominant males to establish new territories will help more than anything. Additionally adding more all at once rather than a few will also help.
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Even in the fish world....
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Sometimes pulling the tank boss out for a few days will let new fish settle in before reintroducing him.


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Low key they're going to get investigated eventually by the rest hopefully no one tried to kill them. Added a few myself not to long ago, way smaller than my originals and they fell into there place in the pecking order

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I always wait tell night time. Leave the new fish in the bag adjusting to the temp. I will remove all decor add the new fish. Set the decor in a new arrangement. Wait tell the next day to turn on lights. Always works for me
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