Stef Posted January 7, 2022 Share Posted January 7, 2022 Hi Everyone. As I was feeding some frozen brine shrimp today in my 10 gal tank (it's a Dennerle Scaper's tank so it's short but deep), two of my 3 young BN plecos went into "roid rage" and were mashing faces and thrashing at each other under the sponge filter. The fight lasted maybe 2 minutes and I tried to separate them using the end of a net to break them up. They went into their caves but one came right back out and sought out the other and started fighting again. I bought these three "babies" on Sept 1st 2021 and they were all about 1-1/2 inches long (too cute). Two have gotten quite big already (the two that are fighting). Only one of the two bigger ones is getting his bristles which look more like stubble around the mouth area (not so much on the head yet). The third is still fairly small. All are healthy looking and have nice bellies. They get a variety of foods like green beans, flake, wafers, zucchini, blood worms and occasional Repashy morning wood. At the time I bought them, I was battling a major algae problem (too much light) in this tank and thought 3 BN's would take care of things plus it was a 3 for $ sale at the lfs so I said "sure I'll take 3". There is some drift wood in the tank and each has a cave (1 coconut hut, 1 ceramic cave/tube, and 1 natural rock cave I built by tenting two seriyu stones). I know 10 gals is too small and want to get a larger tank. Life is getting in the way of my MTS plans and I haven't been able to get my dream tank. So I thought either 1) remove one of the larger BNs to my 9 gal Fluval Flex which only has 1 molly and its 10 week old single fry), or 2) go out and buy an emergency 20 gal long and set it up to break them up. I don't yet have a stand or sturdy dresser for a 20 gal, tho could make do with a bakers rack/shelving unit. All my other tanks are 6 gal cubes or a 5 gal. Is there a chance I'm mistaking their fights for mating? If not mating, can they kill each other if I don't break them up? I'm not interested in breeding. I'm really more into small nano betta tanks but willing to make a move to a larger tank. I really like the BNs and they're a blast to feed and watch their behavior. They can sniff out food like nothing I've seen. I keep up on water changes as this tank gets quite poopy. Other occupants are a mean old betta, 3 panda corys, 2 amano shrimp and 2 nerite snails. Appreciate your thoughts on how best to split up the BNs? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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