Blood parrots fighting

Fishjunkiejimmy

I have 2 blood parrots and they are generally kinda a jerk to each other but today I moved there tank and when I put them back in the went at each other hard for like an hour straight witch I’m assuming was a new territory dispute and I separated them by sticking a net in the tank one is afraid to go past it lol it my question is is it possible for them to hurt each other fighting it’s to my understanding they can’t really do any damage because of the deformed mouths any opinions on weather I should worry about them fighting
 

Azedenkae

Yes they can and do kill each other, even with deformed mouths.
 

Fishjunkiejimmy

Yea ok I’ll heed ur advice and go get a divider tomorrow thanks I don’t know exactly what sparked it off I put the tank back the same way but they wouldn’t even close to stop and now that I got one afraid to cross the net in the tank the other goes over and picks it at the other end of the cave and these two have lives together for like 8 months is there a way to defuse this or is a divider the way to go ?
 

Azedenkae

Yea ok I’ll heed ur advice and go get a divider tomorrow thanks I don’t know exactly what sparked it off I put the tank back the same way but they wouldn’t even close to stop and now that I got one afraid to cross the net in the tank the other goes over and picks it at the other end of the cave and these two have lives together for like 8 months is there a way to defuse this or is a divider the way to go ?
Generally my way of diffusing cichlid aggression is to have enough that aggression is spread out. But that of course requires a large enough tank to house at least six cichlids.
 

Fishjunkiejimmy

Yea I know that’s what I did with my African cichlids enough of them in there that there isn’t really any territory to fight over but this is a 55 gallon having the two of them and there dither fish pretty much puts it at its pay load I think I’ll rearrange the tank and get some more flower pots that seems to b what they fight over and I’ll have a divider on hand in case they keep beefing thanks for ur input really wasn’t sure if they could actually hurt each other
 

Yeoy

More territory and more ways to break up line of sight will help as well. Obviously it also can depend on tank size. Many species live in groups together in the wild until they mature and then all split out to live more solo lives. I know they're hybrids but that can still apply and they could out-grow each other.

They can still damage each other but also the repeated stress/aggression can often cause the smaller/weaker fish to die, even if it's not from physical wounds.
 

Fishjunkiejimmy

Yea I hear u on the out growing each other but this happened instantly I moved there tank into the front room where they would have more interaction with people going by as they are super shy and skittish I know they are generally a shy fish but like they won’t even eat till I leave the room and I only know they eat when I leave the room cause I spy on them anyways my point is all was good with them normal behaviour this morning and after I moved the tank and put them back in instantly fighting like never before for like an hour straight till I separated them is it possible I traumatized them by having them in the 5 gallon buckets while I moved the tank I used there tank water in the bucket and used buckets I use for water changes one was clearly stressing while in there as it had no where to hide in the bucket but time in there was minimal as could b only while I syphoned the remaining water and moved the tank they were there an hour at most
And the one that was stressing in the bucket is all of a sudden the most aggressive and heading over to the others hiding spot to start it up again
 

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