Old Firemouth beating up my new Firemouth. Help?

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So I just added another FM to my tank, and the original FM isnt too happy about it. I heard that FM's were good community fish, so why is it attacking this new fish? Will this aggression stop? Please help



Also: The first FM is a female and the new one is a male but hes smaller than her.
 
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HI firemouth, haven't seen you around, so I'll say welcome.

Umm, I'm not a cichlid export, but my understanding is that all cichlids (even angels) can be aggressive. The firemouths are known to be more aggressive when breeding.

Maybe one of our firemouth keepers/cichlid experts will pop in and give some more advice.
 
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Well that's the thing.. The female is starting to become sexually mature. I vented her and I clearly see that she is ready, but the male (I assume its male although I could be wrong) is not sexually mature yet.. I hope they start getting along.. The male I bought isn't in great shape either.. (Pet store has poor management of their FM's) I hope he doesn't get too stressed out
 

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hey

I had same problem as you after I added 2 slightly smaller FM's in with my 2" male FM. He didnt give up after a couple of days and I noticed a few nipped fins on the smaller FM's. I ended up giving the male 2 a friend.

Yours might act differently with the female being bigger.

Hope this helps
 
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I ended up giving away the female.. It wasn't a MEEKI.. :[
 
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