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I need a little help, this is Fido

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He has chased all the other blue Dolphins into a corner and cleared half the tank of gravel. He has the others scared and hiding and is shaking his bum all over the place. I know it's breeding behaviour, but the others aren't interested. Is there anything I can do to either help the others get in the mood or stop the behaviour and get the others out of hiding cause they're clearly not interested.

Thank you.

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Hire an escort?

:rofl: that's an idea ...or organise a party to get the others in to the mood.

Okay, seriously I am not familiar with the type of fish to comment.. However to change the territorial behaviour I would change the tank layout (ie put back the gravel where it was, change any driftwood etc ). That may help as this would give him the sense his territory is no longer there ...

This is something I do with my Tropheus ... It works for them.. Good luck.

Other alternative is to leave it as is and see what happens... If he is not killing other fish, why bother ? Others with more experience will hopefully comment ...

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With dolphins i find its the teenage boys who are the drama. I usually solve by adding more dolphins and thinning them out as the get larger and mellow out a bit. Girls might have trouble holding first few mouthfuls.... but usually become good mums and can be left holding in the tank for 2 weeks then extracted. Good chance she will spit in net if you seperate now. Risk either way really lol, no sure fire way to proceed.

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Thanks Donny. I'm not sure what to do. Im sure the stress of catching her would make her spit them. So I might leave her go for the next few batches before I intervene. I don't really know what I would do with 20+ fry anyway at this stage. Just excited that there's finally some loving for poor Fido. It took him all week but finally she gave in.

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Thanks Donny. I'm not sure what to do. Im sure the stress of catching her would make her spit them. So I might leave her go for the next few batches before I intervene. I don't really know what I would do with 20+ fry anyway at this stage. Just excited that there's finally some loving for poor Fido. It took him all week but finally she gave in.

See she made him work hard for it :rofl:

Overall good result for you.. It's all ways a nice thing to have your fish breed for you.. That's a good indication you have a good set up... Congratulations

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New heater in the tank thanks to Dean (I think that was his name) from AOA for his assistance and fast postage. Less thanks to Aus Post for taking 5 days to get it from Brisbane to Yeppoon on what I'm assuming must be the back of a donkey.

Anyway, my girl spat all her eggs much to my horror and dismay and I looked on as the other fish enjoyed caviar.

Fido's off shaking his tail and carrying on like a...insert imaginative and derogatory word here...so hopefully they will try again. Practice makes perfect.

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Oh no.. That could happen with new parents. .. may be the eggs weren't fertile. .. Normally with birds they abandon eggs after a while if the eggs are not fertile. . Your fish might be doing the same... I am sure with a new heater it will be better for them...

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With new mums usually best to give them 14 days before trying to net them. That way if the spit they fry are already advanced and easy to raise. If a fish spits when food is added she is prob too young or doesnt have enough fat reserves. Either way...... next time for sure!

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I fed my fish this morning and have 2 holding females :) they've had many attempts and spat lots, but one of the girls is really fat under the chin.

I thought my fish were being neglected, due to my recent surgery I'm not meddling with their tank and testing water constantly as usual and just feeding them.

I'm so happy right now.

Due to my right hand being out of action I can't catch the girls. Will putting some elodea in the tank help the fry survive if tbe girls hold them for the duration?

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Not really.... some might survive in rocks anyway tho. Could always try..... wouldnt hurt unless they shred it and it blocks filters while you are out of action.

There will be other mouthfulls amigo.

Que sera, sera

Whatever will be, will be

The future's not ours to see

Que sera, sera

What will be, will be

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These little guys are 2 weeks old tomorrow :) finally we got babies. Thank you all for the support. I managed to catch and separate 12 fry.

Sorry for my absence of late. I got a promotion just before I had surgery and its been hectic. I'm still operating 1 handed - long slow recovery. 1 month into it - at least 3 more to go.

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These little guys are 2 weeks old tomorrow :) finally we got babies. Thank you all for the support. I managed to catch and separate 12 fry.

Sorry for my absence of late. I got a promotion just before I had surgery and its been hectic. I'm still operating 1 handed - long slow recovery. 1 month into it - at least 3 more to go.

Is that a caterpillar on your arm? bgomf.

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