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    Male young dovii killing female dovii

    Discussion in 'Central and South American Cichlids' started by Irecruitfish, Dec 1, 2018.

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      I'm trying to set up a 10 gallon to put the female in but for now I don't have it set up. I hope she will survive the night but in the meantime I added some aquarium salt and did a water change hopefully he will leave her alone.

      Has anyone seen a male kill a female this young they are about 5 in?
       
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      The male Dovii will kill the larger female if left in that aquarium.
       
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      You would struggle to get away with two convicts in that tank, let alone Dovii. Get a new big tank and save that one for keeping guppies.
       
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      You should take those fish back immediately. You have obviously done no research on this species. If you have then you chose to ignore it.
      What you are attempting is nothing short of being cruel.
      That tank is only big enough for small community fish, not huge aggressive cichlids.
       
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      It would make a nice nano tank
       
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      Not trying to sound like a d*ck or anything, but stanzzzz is right.

      That tank is WAY to small for dovii, even as young fish they need lots of space to claim.

      If you can rehome them or give them back to the store that would be best. There are lots of fish that would work to make a beautiful display in a tank that size and not leave you with a massacre.


      As for what to do in the mean time... I have no clue. Do you have a large rubbermaid tub you could set up as a temporary tank? Normally I'd suggest a temporary divider but in a tank that small it's cruel to divide it and force the fish into an even smaller space..
      But then I guess its also cruel to let him kill her..
      Which is the lesser of two evils? I honestly don't know.

      Either way good luck. But please, get these fish into a better (bigger) home asap. :)
       
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      No research? Chill out. Number one I did plenty of reading and ask around no one said that when you buy to dovii what to do with a quarantine tank. I'm not risking putting them in one of my 125 to infect my other fish. I will however get the 10 gallon setup for the female hopefully she still alive of course.
       
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      Excellent idea thank you! I plan on using Tupperware that's a great idea I cannot return her but will try to rehome her. I didn't get her from a store
       
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      Just an FYI everyone. My plan was to only get one dovii but the owner was in a situation where he had to get rid of 3 and I didn't know that this would happen so I ended up just taking two. I thought the male female xombo would work plus the hiding spots.

      It was a failure lesson learnt. I just hope she's still alive.
       
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      Dovii I in a 125 with other fish will soon have the same out come.
       

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