Geophagus Brasiliensis On A Rampage

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by TrueNameAmended, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. TrueNameAmendedNew MemberMember

    I have a male geophagus brasiliensis (about 4”) who suddenly turned VERY aggressive. He’s been mildly aggressive in the past, but today it was like he flipped a switch.

    His tankmates are a driftwood cat (4”), pictus cat (4”) yellow bullhead (6”) and Senegal bichir (7”) and he started going after all of them. So I had to remove him. He is in timeout in a bucket because I don’t know what else to do. He can’t go in another tank because the rest are either saltwater or too small with other docile fish.

    Do you guys think I can put him back in the tank in a few hours and it will calm him down, or am I going to have to get rid of it tomorrow? There is nothing I can do at this moment.

    Tank is 60 gallons, FWIW.

    Any input is appreciated.
  2. Nikki2577Well Known MemberMember

    I had a male also and he attacked everything. I tried rearranging the decor giving him a timeout and nothing worked:( I had to regime him. Sorry but IMO they don’t get nicer.
  3. SixThreeOhWell Known MemberMember

    I hope mine doesn't get super aggro. He's with 4 females now and is pretty mellow for a cichlid, even when spawning.
  4. Nikki2577Well Known MemberMember

    Mine was pretty nasty from juvenile stage so maybe he just has a chip on his shoulder. Lol
  5. TrueNameAmendedNew MemberMember

    I put him back in before I went to bed last night. Didn’t really have much of a choice. Hopefully that knocked him down a peg, but if not I’ll just have to take him to a LFS.
  6. Nikki2577Well Known MemberMember

    Is he being nice?
  7. TrueNameAmendedNew MemberMember

    NOPE. Already removed him again. I’m taking him to one of my LFS in a little while. Hopefully I can at least get a few bucks credit or something, since this is a healthy, very robust fish that, while not super expensive, are also not super cheap for freshwater.
  8. SixThreeOhWell Known MemberMember

    Can you post a pic of him?
  9. TrueNameAmendedNew MemberMember

    He’s in the bucket already ‍♂️
  10. Nikki2577Well Known MemberMember

    Sorry it didn’t work out:(