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Author Topic: Aggression from my African Leaf Fish  (Read 2454 times)
IloveSharkbait
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« on: November 05, 2010, 09:26:53 AM »

So, I have had my African Leaf Fish for several months. He had a buddy that died when we had an Ick issue. The Ick is gone and everyone is healthy and happy... with one exception. We added a baby Leaf Fish a few days ago. He is about an inch long. My larger fish (Sharkbait) is being very aggressive to the baby. That is the only fish he bothers in the tank! I don't know what to do to get him to behave. He had mouth rot at one point, so I'm not sure he can bite him, but he charges him a lot and pushed him around. It doesn't seem to bother little Algae (the baby) very much, but I'm concerned the aggression will not stop even as Algae gets bigger. Any suggestions?  Sad
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010, 09:39:06 PM »

How big is this tank and what all lives in it?
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 10:46:51 PM »

I have a 75 gallon tank that includes: 1 Bala Shark (so docile and harmless), Sharkbait (previously mentioned), Algae (previously mentioned), 2 new Rams who seem to be fitting in quite nicely, 2 upsidedown catfish, and 2 Bosemani Rainbows. Like I said, there has been no aggression at all until we added Algae. Sharkbait (same species) is bullying him a lot. Sad
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2010, 10:55:47 PM »

This species is known for eating fish that are smaller than it. I would remove the new, smaller fish, and rehome it. It has been my experience that labyrinth fish such as this do best in a one per tank scenario.
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2010, 11:46:16 PM »

  I agree.  In the wild these are predatory and solitary fish.  They drift with the current until a meal gets close  enough to grab.  In stands to reason that they would be intolerant of the competition that another leaffish poses.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2010, 07:35:40 AM »

That makes sense... Just makes me very sad. Thank you so much for your help!
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2010, 07:38:05 AM »

That makes sense... Just makes me sad. Thank you so much for your help.
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2010, 09:35:37 AM »

I rehomed Algae this morning. Sharkbait has been looking for him for an hour! Thanks again for the advice!
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