Thread: firemouth bullies
09-09-2013, 08:52 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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hello, i have a 55 gallon tank that currently has 2 firemouths, a severum, and a gourami
i got the firemouths at the same time and they were the same size, a couple months back
for some reason one has grown much larger than the other and bullies the hell out of him
i had to put the little guy in a QT for a few weeks with some melafix because his fins were all withered away
im not really that experienced with aggressive behavior so what do i do about the mean fish
i put the little one back in yesterday and it was right away that the other fm started chasing him around
i already rearranged my rocks and stuff thinking that it would help and i also made spots for my little guy to hide but hes still getting chased all over.
any input is appreciated
09-13-2013, 04:49 AM #2
If they're two male firemouths, it will spell trouble. Best to keep one in the tank or if it's a pair. Find a new home for the smaller firemouth.Think with logic and rationality more than emotion. Act with moderation and consideration. Contemplate ideals and realistic goals and weigh out possibilities and options. Temper not with personal delusions or false hope but learn to accept and move on.
09-13-2013, 01:14 PM #3Member Angelfish
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I agree that this doesn't seem like it will end well. My son bought 2 firemouths several years ago that the LFS thought were female/male, although both were small at the time. He experienced the same bullying you are seeing and removed the smaller one for a few months as its tail had been pretty shredded. This one recovered and was added back to the main tank, but the bullying continued and it eventually died.
He still has the bully by himself now. He's a beautiful fish, but I just can't warm up to this one. He's mean, has taken out a couple of other fish he tried, yet he flares and then runs into his cave if you approach the tank.