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Old 07-21-2016, 05:15 PM   #1
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Platys attacking each other??

I have 4 platys (2 yellow, 2 black/red) in my 25 litre tank which has a filter pump, the 2 yellow platys are constantly chasing the dark red ones around ask pecking at them all the fish are male, does a body know if this is normal or not??
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It could be breeding aggression: two more dominant males see the less-dominant ones as threats, even though there are no females in the tank. One of my males does this to the other one, then quickly gets distracted by food or females.
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Ok thanks, so am I fine leaving them as they are?
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Ok thanks, so am I fine leaving them as they are?

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I would not think leaving them in that size tank with the bullying would be good in the long run. I have read they need 45-60 liter tanks. And if you have more than one male in there, they could fight until one or more is so stressed it stops eating.


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I would not think leaving them in that size tank with the bullying would be good in the long run. I have read they need 45-60 liter tanks. And if you have more than one male in there, they could fight until one or more is so stressed it stops eating.
Good point. 25 liters (6 US gallons) is probably too small. The problem is the picked on male hasn't got a place to run and hide. Mine are in a 20 gallon (75-80 liters): when the dominant male picks on the sub-dominant, the latter can flee into the plants to get some respite.
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