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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hey! The clerk at my LFS thought these were a male and female (whether or not they are bonded is unknown) and I got them 2 days ago. The one that is assumed female usually has her fins down and tries to keep away from the male. But I've noticed them both displaying and I assume fighting. Is it a pair or two males/two females? Are they fighting for territory in a new tank? I'm waiting on a shipment on plants and I need to get some rocks. Should I separate them in the meantime? Thanks!

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Looks like a pair. Fish on the right in 1st & 3rd pic (left in 2nd) is a male. In second photo I almost assumed both were male but after a better gander think you have a pair. Subordinate males can pale and try to look like females to avoid aggression. A "happy" female who isn't pestered will usually develop a purplish belly. In a larger tank, more often than not the female can spend most of her time out of sight until she's ready to breed. In a smaller tank or with a particularly interested male, separating them is sometimes needed, but it's more bluff and stress than actual damage.

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Thanks for the advice! I'll see how it pans out here for awhile 👍👍
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 03:30 AM
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Agreed GBR usually posture and fake but don’t actually damage each other like more aggressive cichlids. However they are still cichlids and basically every cichlids has a territorial side. When the tank is heavily planted it should help.
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