Aggression Issues - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Ashnic05's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 517
Question Aggression Issues

Alright everyone, here are tank specs as well as a list of inhabitants:

Tank:
30 gal
moderately planted
nitrates: 10-20
nitrites: 0
ammonia: 0
pH: 7
temp: 78

Inhabitants:
Male Honey Sunset Gourami
Male GBR
5 Gold Barbs
15 Green Neons
2 Zebra Loaches (need more I know, LFS is out atm)
3 Otos
2 Mystery Snails

My situation:
I've had this tank up and running for about 6 months now and have had ZERO issues as far as health of the tank and fish. Lately in the past week or so I've noticed my GBR becoming increasingly aggressive towards my loaches (who are both bigger than he is) which results in the loaches hiding pretty much 24/7 unless to feed. The GBR has been in the tank since the startup, while the loaches have been in there for about 1.5 months. Before the GBR didn't seem to care about the loaches, but now will hover over their hiding spot just waiting to attack. Is this a territorial issue? I have quite a few hiding spots in the tank but could probably use more. My GBR is a pig and can be aggressive towards other fish (everyone except the gourami) during feeding.

My question to you is: would more plants/hides help? Would more loaches solve this issue? I plan on adding more loaches anyway, but wondering if this would help the aggression issue? I don't want to add fish that will just be stressed. Is rehoming my only option? What do you guys think? TIA for any help/suggestions!

“Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

FINNEX CLUB MEMBER!
Ashnic05 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 06:51 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Indychus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Irmo, SC
Posts: 652
I would rearrange the tank. By moving stuff around, you can sometimes fix territorial issues (if that is the issue). More plants and hiding spots are always a good idea to curb aggression.

I wouldn't resort to finding him a new home or adding more fish just yet. I usually only get rid of fish if they are causing physical damage to others, as some aggression is almost inevitably a part of any mixed species tank.
Indychus is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 09:48 PM
Newbie
 
thelub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: SE Washington
Posts: 1,982
Get the GBR a buddy. But like what Indychus said, as long as there's no damage, the fish are most likely fine. There will be some chasing, thats normal, but as long as you don't see physical damage, its probably just chasing.
thelub is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Ashnic05's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 517
I haven't seen any physical damage yet so I'll just keep an eye on them. I plan on adding more plants next week (waiting for payday) and more loaches when they become available. The GBR actually is good buddies with the Gourami, always following each other around the tank scavenging together, kinda cute actually. I wanted a pair of GBR originally but worried there would be more aggression issues if they decided to spawn in just a 30 gal. Thanks for your inputs!

“Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

FINNEX CLUB MEMBER!
Ashnic05 is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 10:17 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
wicca27's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Dewey
Posts: 4,850
Send a message via Yahoo to wicca27
i agree try to rearrange the tank. it will be like new to them so should in theory stop the problem and yes add more hiding spots. black pvc or bamboo make good places for loaches and they blend in to the tank so not seen as much say white pvc tubes
wicca27 is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 10:47 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
The Big Buddha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Montreal
Posts: 683
In my female betta tank, I started by adding them in 15 min intervals starting with the shyest up to the most aggressive fish. The last one which was pretty aggressive had to get floated in a clear container for a couple of weeks, she finally tired of trying to attack through the container, when I released her she was fine for a few days then started to get mean again so I gave her another timeout for about a week. No problems since.
A good re arrange is also a good idea to reset the territories.
The Big Buddha is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Ashnic05's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 517
I think I'm going to try adding more plants first, then if that doesn't work I'll rearrange. I really like my scape and don't want to redo it if I don't have to...

“Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

FINNEX CLUB MEMBER!
Ashnic05 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome