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Old 04-11-2006, 10:28 AM
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Default Can adding females cut down agression of Alpha male?

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My alpha male is pretty agressive, he chases everybody around in the tank and sometimes they get scratches from the rocks. They have spawned though so I guess the're not totally unhappy in my tank.

I now have the chance to buy 1 or 2 more females to my colony and I think I've read that adding females can cut down agression. Do you guys know anything about this?

Any one with agression experiences?

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Old 04-11-2006, 10:37 AM
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How large is your tank, what is your current ratio and size ranges of your females?
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From looking at your picture i think your tank size may be the problem
It looks like you have a fair few in there and some at good sizes
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Oh, sorry...

A 630 Litre (166 gallon) tank with 5 wildcaught Moba's.
Alpha male: 14 inch
2 big females: 10 inch
2 small females: 8 inch

They swim together with 5 Kavala's (F1 - 3 inch) and 8 Synodontis Petricola

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To answer your question, yes adding more females of similar size would help to better disperse the aggression evenly and may even reduce it.
HOWEVER...
With cyphos of your size I really think you need a bigger tank... that big boy really needs an 8'er if you ask me
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maybe you need a bigger tank??? some excellent looking mobas d,sandy
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When i had a trio the alpha which is 7 inchs used to chase the females now that i have added two 7 inch females all of the chasing has stopped.
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Daniel, I think 2 more females would help with the aggression but I think you can give them more room by moving the Kavala to another tank...JMO
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i knew a guy that had a burundi male and 6 females.
that male had a favorite female, he would chase her, and bite her even when she was holding, never left her alone.

me, myself, i like a peaceful tank.
i trade in aggressive males, even if they look nicer, for a more peaceful male that breeds.

some things that can be done.
add 2 beta males that he can focus on, though your tank may not accomodate that.
add 2 or more females.
trade in that 14 inch male for maybe an 8 and 6 inch male.
since you would then have males smaller than your huge females, i would then trade in those big females for some that are a bit smaller.
now, if your females are breeding, do not get rid of them.
never get rid of breeding females.......
anyway, i like my females 4-8 inches, and males 7-10.
14 incher is a nice show piece, but not practical for tanks less than 240 gallons IMO.
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I have never had much aggression.

I use bare tanks with lots of overturned pots and big pvc pieces. Kind of ugly, but maintenance is easy.

I usually keep lots of fish per 125 - no less than 12. usually 3:9 or so. When they get bigger than 10 inches - off they go. Someone always wants a big colony of big fish.

My advise - get a bigger tank. go with rounder rocks.
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