April 30, 2008
I recently picked up four Red tail hemiodus. I have not seen these guys for a long time and I thought that they would make good activity fish for a new 55 gallon I'm preparing. Much to my suprise, there is one dominant hemiodus that is picking on the other ones. I'm starting to notice a lot of missing scales on all the hemiodus. I'm treating with melafix and added a trio of swordtail hoping to help distract them.
The tank is cycled and I plan on adding a juvenile salvini and juvenile EBJD.
Just wondering if the hemiodus will continue this behaviour or should I try something else?
Thanks for any advice.
July 30, 2008
A salvini is not really a suitable tankmate for Hemiodus IMO, Hemis are skittish and very prione to jumping when they feel threatened (even in a tank with a lid this is hazardous because they will damage themselves).
In our group of Hemiodus, which were all purchased at the same time as single species, it soon transpired that there were two rogues in there, slightly different appearance once settled but very different behaviour, more solitary and very aggressive, possibly even lepidophagous. It could be this, or it could simply be that a group of four is an insufficient number for dilution of normal levels of aggression.
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