Any Suggestions On Rainbowfish Behavior?

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justintrunzo

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i have a 40 gallon cycled aquarium and i have 8 rainbow fish and 4 panda cory cats plus a clown pleco
2 yellows, 2 Australians, 2 boesemani and 2 marci and just recently one of the yellows(male) sometimes turns super vibrant colors then he starts corralling all the other rainbows on one side of the tank then he patrols the tank and sometimes darts at the other rainbows i am just curious for i am still a rainbow beginner is there any particular reason for him doing this?
 

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He darts at his own species from time to time to reestablish his role as the alpha fish. It's a territorial issue to show that the tank is his territory. He may also do similar behavior towards a certain female he is trying to bond with for spawning.
i have a 40 gallon cycled aquarium and i have 8 rainbow fish and 4 panda cory cats plus a clown pleco
2 yellows, 2 Australians, 2 boesemani and 2 marci and just recently one of the yellows(male) sometimes turns super vibrant colors then he starts corralling all the other rainbows on one side of the tank then he patrols the tank and sometimes darts at the other rainbows i am just curious for i am still a rainbow beginner is there any particular reason for him doing this?
 

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He darts at his own species from time to time to reestablish his role as the alpha fish. It's a territorial issue to show that the tank is his territory. He may also do similar behavior towards a certain female he is trying to bond with for spawning.
he usually darts at all the fish but now that ithink about it he only lets one other fish out and it is the female yellow are they preparing to breed possibly?
 

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Yes its possible. In many of my spawning fish, it would usually come as a surprise. I would just come to the tank an see a male & female something guarding a clutch of eggs...surprise!
he usually darts at all the fish but now that ithink about it he only lets one other fish out and it is the female yellow are they preparing to breed possibly?
 

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Yes its possible. In many of my spawning fish, it would usually come as a surprise. I would just come to the tank an see a male & female something guarding a clutch of eggs...surprise!
thank you for the information hopefully i will see some fry in the near future!
 
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