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Old 01-20-2006, 12:46 PM   #1
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Aggressive Firefish?

Im trying to gauge personal experience here. Here's the scenario;

20 gal tank, one purple firefish (2"), two o. clowns (1"), one cherub angel (new-1 1/2"). The purple firefish and clowns have been together for 4 months now and Im just starting to notice the firefish become very territorial. He chills in the front of the tank by his rock opening where he hides. It seems whenever the clowns come to the front of the tank, say within 5 inches, he goes after them! Poor little guys, they're still juvies and he's full grown. The problem is, he starting to protect more and more tank area! He's going out of his way to punish the poor clowns. He's being a real a$$.....The angel swims right next to him and he doesn't seem to mind.

Is it the clowns small size that make them vunerable? I thought firefish were supposed to be community fish?
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4 fish, with a good sized angel in a 20g is bad news. The firefish probably feels like he has no room. When those clowns get larger you might have problems too. I would definatly find that angel a new home and consider changing out the firefish to a bottom dweller like a goby instead. A royal gramma would be a nice option as well.
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I agree with Dragonforce....too many in too small an area.
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Old 01-20-2006, 05:51 PM   #4
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Ahhh, the solution to all of life's problems......get a bigger tank! Preachin to the chior my man. Although it seems like anyone on this board with a 20 is overstocked

Anyways, the firefish does hang around the bottom of the tank. The angel isn't really "good sized" yet, but probably will be around the same time the clowns mature. And part of my decision to get an angel instead of a royal gramma is that basslets tend to be more territorial than angels.

Sooo......I'll have at least a 60 gal sometime soon, but I'm still left wondering if anybody has had an aggresive firefish? It has it's own cave for refuge and it's been hanging with the clowns for a while and hasn't exhibited this kind of behavior until recently. I guess it could be a space issue, but Im not convinced yet that it is.

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it is also getting older and more mature....territorial issues get worse as a fish gets older.
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well.. you can plan a smaller tank.. and plan a good stocking arangement for it.

If you want certian fish.. its probibly best to plan ahead and get the approprate tank to house those fish on a long term basis..

belive it or not.. some people plan to have a nano and stick to it.. :P
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I was thinking the same thing. Maybe it's just getting old and grouchy....hmmm

I wonder if anybody with a nano has had problems? I know most use a firefish almost all of the time.
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I have 3 firefish in my tank (2 purple 1 red) and I have never seen them be aggressive to anyone.
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Maybe it's just getting old and grouchy
I could also be a female.
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I have 3 firefish in my tank (2 purple 1 red) and I have never seen them be aggressive to anyone.
The fact that you have a 525g tank Brenden is the reason I'm sure. Much less chance for territorial issues.
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True but they hang out in the same areas.
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