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Old 07-03-2016, 02:39 PM
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Default 8yr old Mobas darker,grouped up,scratches,fins damaged

Hello all, I have about 20 8yr old Mobas in a 300gal tank, I have raised them since fry. This week they been acting different. They seem to be darker, back find a little beat up, scratches on their sides (Im guessing from the rocks) there more grouped up instead of free swimming, and the rest hiding. There not breathing hevey so that's good and I did 1/2 tank water change, cleaned both FX5 filters (also have 2 large sponge inside). They are eating. It's been hot this week and the water temp is about 75. Not sure what's going on and thanks for your time.
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Not sure Bill. Sounds like you are very in tune with their behavior, which is good.

Is their a battle for the role of alpha? Probably not as they are in super dark color mode.

Hope nothing is wrong.
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Not sure Bill. Sounds like you are very in tune with their behavior, which is good.

Is their a battle for the role of alpha? Probably not as they are in super dark color mode.

Hope nothing is wrong.
I was thinking the same, the Alpha was perfect no signs of stress, he maybe bullying the rest of the colony.
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Update: everything seems back in order,I did notice 2 holding could that of been the drama in the tank?
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Update: everything seems back in order,I did notice 2 holding could that of been the drama in the tank?
Probably. Usually, when my alphas have broken open a can of whoop a$$, the alpha has turned on a super high contrast mode which I have nick named "war paint." Yours went dark?

Well, you've got two females holding and all is well. Probably the cause.

Do you have any beta males who are now big enough that they could be perceived as a threat by the alpha?
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The alpha remained his normal color, it was the rest of the colony who went dark, the next male is not even 1/2 the size of the alpha, stripping the females would be tough since I have lots of rocks and caves so I may just let them go all the way with it.
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I did notice 2 holding could that of been the drama in the tank?
Pretty much. Of course, different groups can vary in just how much drama there is, but in some way or other there's usually a different energy surrounding a spawn. A group may have grown up together and have always been peaceful, but all bets can be off once reproduction enters the equation.
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