Thread: fighting already???
01-20-2011, 01:28 AM #1
My JDs are only 2" long, and in a 4' tank at the moment, and I caught them today in a long-lasting liplock.
Now, my optimistic self is hoping that its part of the mating game, but reality check assumes that they are already having dominance/territory issues.
Can anyone confirm one way or the other?
Would they really be having issues already so young?
They are still too young for me to really decide which I want to keep...20gal long planted community
01-20-2011, 01:55 AM #2
Given their size...it is territory. How many do you have in the 4ft tank? You wont see mating behavior until about 4-5" in all honesty.75G|75G|75G|56G|55G|50G|50G|29G|20G|20G
01-20-2011, 01:59 AM #3
ok, thanks Jenn.
Looks like I gotta seriously start shopping for that 6' tank, not just browsing for it. Sigh.
I didn't think they'd start that nonsense til they were a yr old at least...20gal long planted community
01-20-2011, 02:23 AM #4
Cichlids can sometimes shock you with their aggression. My 3" A.orbicularis were intollerant of each other to the point one beat the other nearly to death within a couple of hours of not watching them...in a 6ft tank with more than ample cover. Honestly I would take the most aggressive one to the shop and see if it curbs the other fish's aggression any. Chances are it wont stop in a slightly larger tank.75G|75G|75G|56G|55G|50G|50G|29G|20G|20G
01-20-2011, 02:33 AM #5
Jack Dempseys are named after a boxer for a reason...you're prob just beginning to see the aggression.Originally Posted by i_am_511
01-21-2011, 03:48 AM #6
Guess I'll see about getting one out of there...I just wish I had an idea of how they colour up...they are both the same size, one is very dark with some spangles on the fins, and the other is light with more body spangles but less on the fins...I have no idea how they will look when mature...Gr!20gal long planted community