I was given a female firemouth cichlid some months ago to go in my 180ltr tank (not sure what that is in gallons) and so far she's been fine, I've had no problems at all with her and she gets along with her other tank mates being 2 angel fish, 2 glass catfish, a bristlenose plec and 2 kribs.
Anyway I thought I'd get her a friend today so I bought a male of the same size... and she absolutely hates him! -_-
I watched them for the first hour and at first she wasn't bothered by him so I thought they were fine, but I come back an hour later and she's beat the crap out of him! poor guy's got ripped fins and bites everywhere!
I saw her go for him myself so I know it was the female who did it.
I've put him in a spare 15ltr tank just for now to keep them apart which I know is WAY too small to keep him in but it's either that or my female beats him up.
I'd like to get him out of that little tank as soon as possible though, I feel guilty as hell having him in there.
I just wanted to know, is there any chance they'll learn to live with each other? is there anything I can try out? or is he better off going back to the store in the morning? (stores are shut as I write this)
I don't want my female to kill him and I don't want him staying in that little spare tank for any longer than he has to.
I feel bad for him :(