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Old 05-11-2012, 07:48 PM   #11
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Flagfish is having a time-out in a floating, clear breeding box since he seems to have decided that guppy tails make excellent snacks... I also saw him taking "tastes" of the tetras. I've read that most of their aggression is due to having bottomless pits for stomachs, so hopefully I can get him full enough while he's in the isolation box so that when his time-out is over in a few days he won't keep chasing the other fish...

If that still doesn't work, I have some in-store credits for a couple plants that didn't survive the shipping that I can use to grab some females to distract him with. As always, the final fallback plan is to take him to my LFS to re-home if the prior two methods don't work
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:19 PM   #12
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Ah, yes the females will help with his aggression. Once he gets some friends, he'll hang out with them instead of eating guppy tails.

By the way, they are like most "nippy" types, the long flowing colorful fins are an attraction. My male would harass my long finned danios until I found him some girls and another male.
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So what I'm hearing is that he's a typical male; everything is secondary when there's some girls around to chase ? Looks like the minimum order has been changed since I bought him, so I have to get no less than 3 additional flagfish... Would 2 girls, 1 boy be a good mix, or should I stick to 3 girls to thoroughly distract him?
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Try to keep the numbers even. If you can get 3 girls and another male it should be good. Sometimes if there are too many females, the male or even the one he pairs with will kill them. It really depends on his tempement, some like a harem, some don't. One of my males has 2 females and my other male has 1.
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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After 3 days in the floating isolation chamber my flagfish is still getting excited when it sees the guppies (or any other fish outside my betta really). I've been trying to make sure he's had no shortage of food, but he ignores the algae discs and freeze dried bloodworms. Only thing he goes for are frozen spirulina brine shrimp, which are difficult to portion for one fish.

I don't think it's fair to make him stay in the isolation chamber until the next batch of flag fish are shipped to me, so he'll probably need to be taken to my LFS to be rehomed... Which opens up a new possibility since I haven't ordered the new flagfish yet... Are juveniles less ornery than the adults? I know that in Angelfish at least they tend to ignore tetras they grow up with, but an adult added to a tank with tetras tends to eat them. Does the same go for Flagfish?
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