View Full Version : holding female most aggressive in tank
09-26-2009, 03:31 PM
has any had a holding female attack everything in there tank? My female red zebra went crazy the other day started attacking anything that went to the one side of my tank just pushed them around with her nose and pushed them into rocks until they could get away from her. it was the first time that I seen her hold. I removed her and stripped her and now she is fine is this normal? all of my other females go into hiding when they hold.
09-26-2009, 03:41 PM
Some are much more aggressive while holding than others.
That is nothing out of the ordinary!
09-26-2009, 04:53 PM
Some female mbuna's will become increasingly aggressive when mouthbrooding (probably an extension of their maturnal instincts), while others will become less conspicuous (which, interestingly is also an extension of maturnal instincts). I see both modes of behavior with my female pseudotropheus demasoni's.
With certain lake malawi african cichlids aggression can be hyped up after the fry are released. I can always tell that my female venustus (normally fairly peaceful) has released fry when she corrals ALL of the tank's occupants (the majority larger than her and she's about 7"-8") on the opposite side of the tank (with her fry grouping up in one of the corners on her side of the 180gal tank. More of a hap thing than a mbuna trait, though.
09-27-2009, 03:19 AM
thanks for the replies I should have expected this fish to act like this she is second in line for tank boss. now I know why she gets grouchy every month she is the reason I lost fish in this tank befor unlike all my other fish once she starts something she don't stop unless my dominant fish gets in her way
10-12-2009, 03:32 PM
sounds about right to me.
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