Territory theory

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Territory theory

Postby Ev0151 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:51 am

I like many of you on this forum have mixed african cichlid aquarium full of rocks.

By this I mean the tank is set up so the males in the tank can select territories and protect them till the death the way they do.

I subscribe to a guy on YouTube who runs his own successful LFS. And he swears by not having any rocks in his mixed african cichlid tank,because his theory is that if there are no territories to have then the fish don't really have anything to get aggressive for. He also claims great success with this technique.


Or does anybody run a territory free aquarium?
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Re: Territory theory

Postby ant » Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:32 pm

Sounds good in theory.....
Do you have any links to show ! If them on here we can all have look...
I knew of somebody who mentioned something quite similar a while back.....
he decided on no rock no agression theory....
Turned out all his malawi where females......

I have seen some super red tops fight over a small mound of substrate the built up.......
So in my eyes there can nearly always be some where in a tank for a.male to call his own....
Plus not having areas like caves etc formed by rocks lives no hiding spaces for fish that do get bullied..
Rest and recouperation areas are a necessity.....
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Re: Territory theory

Postby bradderz123 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:09 pm

I just think the best way to keep them is in conditions as close to their natural environment as you can :tu:
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Re: Territory theory

Postby tile55 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:56 pm

Aggression is part of a African cichlids make up, so you can never get rid of it entirely imo
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