Originally Posted by HUKIT
That's because your fish are small, aggression peaks IMO
when the fish are fully matured around 4" for most mbuna....that's when it starts.
The aggressive fish I traded in for new ones, had all reached sexual maturity, but were well under 4".
Only 3 of my 14 haven't reached sexual maturity, but they aren't far off from being ready.
Rainbow my female Kenyi, that just had fry 8 days ago is maybe 3", 31/2 if you count her tail. She's small but obviously mature enough for fry.
If any of my Mbunas get overly
aggressive, I will take it back to my not so LFS
and replace it, no matter how attached I am to them.
Mbunas are suppose to be aggressive and territorial, but that's not the same as being a BULLY and picking on the others until they get sick or die. It's the bullies that I take back.
And not just the Mbuna bullies, I've also exchanged an Angelfish that was an extremely vicious Bully. He killed 2 of his tank mates in the same day. Made another get ick from picking on it. Tore the fins off of a fourth tank mate, that I'm not sure will survive at this point.
No matter how beautiful that fish may be, I don't want a fish like that in my tank.
So now that I have a relatively mello Mbuna tank I'm attempting to do the same with my Angelfish tank.