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Re: SAEs and Aggression
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: SAEs and Aggression
- From: "Louis Lin" <lhclin at aw_sgi.com>
- Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 14:00:06 -0400
- In-Reply-To: Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com (Aquatic Plants Digest) "Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #346" (Jun 26, 12:37pm)
- References: <199806261637.MAA21490 at acme_actwin.com>
>>> 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.