Pictus decision help!

RushingSpirit
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Hello all. After all this time I've finally registered an account so that I can ask this question of you. I currently have a 60 gallon tank with 3 pictus. It started as one, Peter. So Peter is the largest. Throughout my research I found a lot of contradiction regarding how much these fish actually like each other/ want to be housed together. Many said that they are communal with their own kind and to have at least 3 whereas others claimed that they only enjoyed the company of others while they are young but then transition in to more territorial, solitary species fish. So when I began my fish venture I started this tank with 1 of these fish about 10 or so months later I added a new pair. They were approximately the same size as each other when I took them home. One began to prove to be less vivacious than the other and had at some point gotten his whiskers cut short. I can't ever tell who is the culprit or how it happens. The only other inhabitants in the tank are 1 dwarf gourami, 1 3 inch clown loach, 3 2 inch clown loaches, and 2 clown pleco. Peter is the biggest fish at approximately 6 inches. I'm pretty convinced that Peter helps the smallest catfish (Cheese) on occasion like we once saw Peter bring a mouthful of food over to cheese who was hiding under a log. I've only ever seen Peter like 'chase' Burger (the medium pictus) if Burger seemed like he was 'chasing' Cheese.
I've don't a few tank rearangments to promote better territories. So though Cheese kinda seemed picked on by his original partner from the pet store, Burger, Cheese would always remain by his side. There would be so much room in the tank and so many other places to be and still they would be right up with each other. This is what makes it difficult to determine if they're picking on each other or relying on each other. Now enough time has passed that Burger is growing at a rapid rate, as Peter did, but Cheese is still so little and right now his whiskers are still very short after I knew they were growing back a bit. He spends all day under one log rather still. He moves a bit bit consistently but he really does have consistent periods of remaining still in between each movement. Whereas Peter is always swimming back and forth throughout his area and now Burger has the other side and he mirrors with his own route while Cheese's log is basically protected/ inside Peter's territory.
The original loach, Bebe, and Peter are like best friends. The other loaches are also super harmless and don't interact at all with the pictus'. Sia, the Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami, hangs out with everyone and also themself and doesn't pose anyone any sort of threat. The clown pleco Peanut and Butter are rarely seen. They often chill all day inside the crack in the driftwood alongside any number of loaches crammed in there with them peacefully. No one bothers anyone ever.
I really don't know how his whiskers are getting nipped.

My question is this. I have a new Fluval Flex 15. Should I transfer Cheese to this tank alone (? I hate the idea of one fish being alone in a system) to grow out so that he can easily eat and grow or should I just leave everything the way it is?
They have been in there for like around 8 months.
The concern is that if I move him to a new established home that is really only a 13 and he grows rapidly then how will the transition go reintroducing him to the larger tank. Even though these fish have all this room they really do only patrol a very small area. Most of the time when you look at my tank it looks empty. A part of me thinks that the Flex would be enough for him especially since he literally spends all day not moving and under the same log in one spot. But then if he's super happy to have been moved and starts exhibiting more normal behavior then he will need more room. Will he then be strong and large enough to live peacefully with the other pictus or will they fight? I've never seen them fight but still.
 
AggressiveAquatics
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Have you sexed them? My guess would be cheese is a female and the others are males and they might be trying to mate with her and it’s stressing her out. But this is just my guess I don’t have any experience with these fish
 
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RushingSpirit
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AggressiveAquatics said:
Have you sexed them? My guess would be cheese is a female and the others are males and they might be trying to mate with her and it’s stressing her out. But this is just my guess I don’t have any experience with these fish
I have no idea their sexes. Research says that they have never reported in captivity apparently. I did not know that they were wild cought when I bought them. Also just because they can't or won't doesn't mean they aren't stressed about it. It's a possibility. I'd be interested to find out if anyone knows any facts or details.
 

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