adolescent fry picking on momma fish

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I have about 20 1/2inch, give or take, in a twenty gal tank. ( i need to update my list) I had major problems with bacteria before they were all born. but they thrived as the older adults died off slowly :'( it was so sad. so now we have all these babies, which we realize are all going to get as big if not bigger than the 1 female we have left since the dramatic loss. she is starting to get harrassed by one of the "keeps getting fatter by the day" grown up fry-- I noticed today that she has nip marks on her dorsal fin, but the rest of her looks good, she eats, even though she has stayed slender-- i think she was one of the preggos when we got her. Anyways-- i'm just worried I guess and we are taking too long to set up our second tank--should i be worried- ??? - ph has been low since we got back from vacation-- i've been raising it slowly--weekly water changes--and we've been varying thier diet with freeze dried brine shrimp. is she just out numbered???? LILA --sorry so lengthy
 

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Watch closely if the frys that are picking on mom are males. If they are males it is normal behavior and mom might be outnumbered by males.
 
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they are both females-- and today it is getting worse :'( -- i have a breeding box that i put the bully in-- just to keep them seperated as this is the only way i have to seperate them. thanks-- LILA
 

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I have absoluely no clue if they are females... :-[
 

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Not much help I know but if they are defo females I too have no Idea. Maybe they just don't get on - it's not unheard of.

Sorry I cant be of more help
 
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she's learned to hide out to be more safe and away from her savvage babies!! ;D Thanks guys!! LILA
 
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