Lampeye Killis And Gender Ratios

marcean

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what would you do if...

You have 10 lampeyes; 9 are male and one is female. She is showing signs of stress (breathing hard/fast..not gasping, mostly swimming in circles with tail flipping upwards). She is eating and showing interest in food, speeding up to catch it, not always successfully.

Background : First batch of killis had only one female to 4 males. The LFS ran out of them or else i would have gotten more. I found someone locally who was getting rid of 6 (one female to 5 males)- this female came looking stressed and did not survive quarantine. I do not have much room in my tank for more, and last I heard the LFS is still out.

I'd like to hear some suggestions regarding things like
a) do i move her to a different setup with other fish/not lampeyes?
b) do i keep her in this tank as she is, kicking along but not well (She's been like this for around 3 days)

I thought of asking about trading some males for females for balance if they get any more in at the LFS...but this obviously isn't an immediate solution.

Any suggestions/thoughts welcome. Thanks
 

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Is the tank well planted? Adding some cover can help, but a small iso with a couple of males may be a good solution. Maybe consider breeding them, raising the fry and keeping some females to ease the 'aggression'.
 
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marcean

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Great idea, thanks.
Also wanted to update she is doing better...swimming almost normally again. I will look into moving her out.
 
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