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Old 02-08-2012, 10:22 PM   #1 
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Sorrority feeding Aggression

Is Aggression during Sorrority feedings normal? My little girls aren't usually aggressive towards each other, but aggression occurs every time during and after the feeding for a while, not anything overly harsh, maybe just a chase here and there or even a nip. Should I be worried?

I should note also, that this Sorrority is quite new (1.5 days) so I'm not quite sure if the pecking order is down yet.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:42 PM   #2 
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Aggression during feeding is perfectly normal. Feed-time in my sorority is like a footy scrum. All the females pile on top of each other and chase away any competition. I have a couple of females I feed at the back of the tank as they are quite timid and get scared off by the others.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:09 AM   #3 
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i have the same issues but maybe alittle tuned down because the girls are sisters. when i feed pellets i usually take alittle longer because i make sure to give each girl acouple pellets before i move onto the next. flakes its more of a free for all, bloodworms are fed the same as pellets. It does take alittle bit but atleast i know each have had their share. congrats on the new sorority
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:27 AM   #4 
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Thank you on the input guys, much appreciated. Also I'd like to ask, is there anything thing I should do to a particular bully? Or should I just let it be? The bully never injures anyone tho, just some nipping and chasing?
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:52 AM   #5 
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Females can easily be just as aggressive as males. They normally don't live with other females and prefer not to.. but it's possible to keep them together under the right conditions, as long as the owner is aware that at any time separation could be needed.

They are sorting out the pecking order right now, especially if they are all brand new together.. one will become dominant over all, and down the line to the lowest girl. There will always be chasing, why you shouldn't really have less then 5 in a tank together (tank being 10 gallons and above), to help spread out the aggression.

As mentioned before.. possibly spread out the food a little when feeding, rather then drop the pellets in one spot. Give a few inches for each one so the girls don't climb over one another as badly. Use the tip of a clean finger to get their attention if they don't see the pellet fall. Eventually they may calm down once they realize you will always give them enough, but don't expect it.. sororities are like ticking bombs... you don't know when they can be set off, exactly how it is set off, but you know it's dangerous and most of the time, at some point, it goes off and one or two (or even all in some cases) have to be separated. Just make sure there are a ton of plants in there for hiding so the food aggression doesn't continue after feeding time if one makes another angry.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:26 PM   #6 
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To prevent any aggression, I crush my pellets and spread them through out the top of the tank... having a floating plant helps a LOT... I also would cup my smallest girl, Peanut, during feeding to ensure she was geting food... now that she is bigger I let her do her thing and she has been able to get plenty of food
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:30 PM   #7 
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Actually not all the females are sorority first timers. As a matter of fact, only one out of the four are, with the rest coming from a experimental setting consisted of 10 females and 10 males, owned by a fellow colleague of mine. After the success of the experiment, the lab tank was vacated with me taking home some of the girls. Though, I guess the aggression could have been caused by the new setting triggering the girls to create a new pecking order. Anyhow, thank you very much for all of your inputs :D
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