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Re: SAEs and Aggression

>>> The other thing I don't care for about SAEs is their
>>> tendency to get territorial toward their own kind.  I
>>> had three in a 20gal tank and the slightly larger, and
>>> therefore dominant, one always chased the other two
>>> away from food.  They actually starved to death.  Now
>>> the dominant one is alone and will remain that way.
>I have had a  very  similar observation.  All three are similarly sized.  I
>will take careful note to see if the aggressor is  _slightly_  larger.  The
>behavior is also transitory and I have been searching for a pattern:  is it
>when algae is low and appears scarce?  Is it a defensive reaction to the
>other fish invading "its" terratory or an offensive behavior where it goes
>out of its way to chase the other fish?  Is it gender related?

The SAE's I have are some what aggressive when they are younger, but is
now non-aggressive.  They are about 4 inches long now. I kind of
wonder whether they grow of the aggression, or they learn the reality
that they are living in a fish tank.

Louis Lin