Male Goldfish Harassing Female

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So, I have three males and a female fancy goldfish in a 55 gallon. Is there anything I can do about the males harassing the females? My dad won't let me get another tank for the female so that's out.
 

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It's usually normal for this to happen during spawning season, but normally you want to separate the females. How old are they may I ask
 
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OneLittleBubble said:
It's usually normal for this to happen during spawning season, but normally you want to separate the females. How old are they may I ask
I'm not sure, but I don't think they're any older than 2 years
 

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How big are they and does the female look stressed?
 
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How big are they and does the female look stressed?
One of the males is around 4.5 inches (excluding tail), but I haven't seen him chase her. The other two are around the same size as the female (1.5 inches).
 

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Hmmm I think that if the chasing continues long enough for the female to show signs of stress you can opt for a tank separator.
 
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Hmmm I think that if the chasing continues long enough for the female to show signs of stress you can opt for a tank separator.
Thank you, I didn't think of a tank divider haha
 

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I can report that I have had female (comets) harassed to the death. This spring, my teenage males began chasing, corralling, and bumping females that I suppose were ready or close to ready with eggs. Three have been exhausted to death. Very distressing. I have forty or so comets in a 1500 gallon aquaponics tank set in the ground. The fish are about two year old. For the moment, I have taken to netting the females and putting them in quarantine (a five gallon bucket) for their own protection.
 

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ceh9634 said:
So, I have three males and a female fancy goldfish in a 55 gallon. Is there anything I can do about the males harassing the females? My dad won't let me get another tank for the female so that's out.
Hello ceh...

Get some floating plants from the fish store. Drop some individual stems into the tank. The plants grow quickly close to the light source and the plants provide hiding places for the fish. You can go to the local lake or river areas and pick up some rocks and driftwood. These make the fish feel more comfortable and will likely give the female some rest while the males explore the new stuff.

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