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Kill Or Get Killed
January 7, 2011
4:24 pm
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Shankar
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A few Omobranchus zebra that I had in the past. Began with a group of 5. Ended with 1. : (

January 7, 2011
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Graham Ramsay
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Rather than film this why couldn't you seperate them?

January 8, 2011
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I'm guessing Shankar didn't realise quite how nasty these are and you could maybe argue there's a certain value in the video to exemplify that? We had these in at the shop a couple of times and learnt a lot from our first experience with them. Absolutely evil with one another.

Cake or death?
January 9, 2011
6:11 am
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Yeah true, Matt! My first experience with these. Pretty nasty characters, once they settle. May be, this vid could 'caution' the future keepers.

Graham, I never said, I couldn't or didn't separate them. After a very few peaceful initial days, I found 2 of them dead overnight, with no signs of death except for snake-like bite wound near the gills of both fish. The other possible predatory fish in the aquarium was N. atherinoides, which I was sure isn't the culprit. A few weeks later, one of them was visibly plump by the belly and I knew its a gravid female. As I intend to do with all my fish, I was just hoping she would mate with one of the possible males. Hence I had no other go, other than wait and watch. One fine day, what happened was, is the above video. After the fight sequence, one of the dominant males(?) swam right near the female's cave and began his dance. At that point, I took out the other male to a separate tank, but was too battered and refused to eat. Died of starvation. Of the remaining pair, unfortunately the gravid female did the same thing to her mate, what he did to his rival male. I wasn't home then. Was too late, when I arrived.

I was not aware this forum doesn't appreciate such videos. But, sadly life isn't good all the time! Cant avoid the wild instincts.

January 10, 2011
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i must admit i thought it was bad, but it is definately not the most shocking video i have ever seen. they are cruel, but what shankar has done is not cruel. well not intentionally anyway. we all make mistakes with new fish, but if these trials had not taken place then we would definately not know how they react to their tank mates.
this is one aspect i find in fish keeping so fascinating, you never stop learning.

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