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I'm pretty sure of that as well but I am curious if this video of them represents mating or dominance/fighting?FriarThomasIII said:I've never heard of them breeding in home aquariums naturally, and especially not in a bare tank either. If they really are breeding, it would be remarkable.
This is the only thing they do ( have you watched the video? ) The tank is a 10 gallon ( QT tank ) and in a few weeks, will be moved to the 72 gallon. Right now these are about 2 inches big ( juveniles )FriarThomasIII said:Seems like a dominance kind of thing to me. But I've never seen them fight before either, though. All the ones we kept were very peaceful towards the others and their species. Maybe due to the size of the tank?
could be flying foxes, right? I didn't think of that.TexasDomer said:It's hard to tell from the video, but are you sure those are SAE? I don't see the black line going into the caudal fin.
I was also thinking more dominance/hierachy behavior.
Yes it does and only one set of very small barbels.TexasDomer said:They most likely got them from breeding farms that use hormones, or they're wild caught. I doubt they breed themselves, especially without the use of hormones.
Does yours have the black stripe through its caudal? I just can't see them from the video.
Thanks - they were doing this BEFORE I dropped the food in. At first I thought they were fighting and so I put food in and they scattered away and then started over again.DarkOne said:They're definitely saimensis.
I thought it was a dominance thing at first but the shimmying next to each other towards the end of the video definitely seems more like a mating ritual than dominance. Then again, it could be they're fighting for the algae wafer.
I have 4 in a 75 gallon (2"), 3 in a 40 gallon (2") and 2 in a 20 gallon (1") and never saw that type of behavior. There is a bit of nipping for dominance but it only lasts a few seconds at most. The 2 in the 20 gallon was for them to grow out a bit as they were less than 1" but one hasn't grown much despite big bellies after feeding.
Thank you - That would be awesome - I hear they are very difficult to breed! I only have 4 at the moment but it would be nice to get 4 more........ When they are sleeping ( I assume its sleeping because its a few hours after the lights go out ) they are almost piled on top of each other and not moving - almost like dominoes! very funnyTexasDomer said:They're sure cute fellas! You may see less of this behavior in the main tank too. Though how cool would it be if they mated and had fry!