[Timezone Detection]
Create Account - Join in Seconds!

User Name: Email Address:
Human Verification

What type of fish is in the middle of CaptiveReefs (top left corner of page...hint it is the main character in Finding Nemo) )

Mandarin Dragonets fighting


Bookmark and Share
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1

    Default Mandarin Dragonets fighting

    I have a pair of Mandarin Dragonets and tey are fighting they have only been together for a few days. I sexed them using a few different peoples opinions about spines and size. They did ok at first then argued over food once but now I caught the "Male"(long spine) biting the other. Is this normal and they will be fine or?

  2. #2
    Tom@HaslettMI - Reefkeeper
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    East Lansing, MI
    Posts
    1,833
    First Name
    Tom
    Awards Yugo Award - For helping with the CR Booth at MCES Monthly Giveaway Winner Monthly Giveaway Winner Photo of the Month Tank of the Month

    Default

    Interesting. Here are my thoughts...

    1. Two males. One with a damaged spine.
    2. Breeding behavior.

    I have no idea which it is or if it's something else completely. If you could post pics of both of them perhaps folks could chime in on sexing them... though I know getting pics of mandarins is not easy.

    Tom

  3. #3

    Default

    I will try to get pics up. But the larger has a nice long spine and the smaller has a very small (tiny) spine.

  4. #4
    jimsflies - Reefkeeper
    Admin/Founder

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    10,732
    First Name
    Jim

    Default

    How long have they been together?

  5. #5
    WillBattle - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Ann Arbor
    Posts
    192
    First Name
    Will
    Awards Photo of the Month

    Default

    Without pictures, or a quick video of there interactions together it is hard to say. However when a friend and I introduced my female and his male dragonet, to his 120g gal, they got along quite well. The male, noticing her pretty much right away when she was added came up to her, fins flaring, but never nipping her, after showing off his fins to her for a few minutes or so, he put them down, and followed her around for a few hours. Now, they interact mostly at dusk/night, with a mating dance here and there, but besides that, they ignore each other mostly. From what you discribed it does seem like they are two males, one just has a damaged spine. ( from what I am told this happens quite often with shipping multiple males together) I posted a thread and video a month back or so, of my friends pair doing their 'dance' at dusk, if you are interested in viewing that

  6. #6
    CR Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Canton, MI
    Posts
    164
    First Name
    Joel

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by WillBattle View Post
    Without pictures, or a quick video of there interactions together it is hard to say. However when a friend and I introduced my female and his male dragonet, to his 120g gal, they got along quite well. The male, noticing her pretty much right away when she was added came up to her, fins flaring, but never nipping her, after showing off his fins to her for a few minutes or so, he put them down, and followed her around for a few hours. Now, they interact mostly at dusk/night, with a mating dance here and there, but besides that, they ignore each other mostly. From what you discribed it does seem like they are two males, one just has a damaged spine. ( from what I am told this happens quite often with shipping multiple males together) I posted a thread and video a month back or so, of my friends pair doing their 'dance' at dusk, if you are interested in viewing that
    I've got a female, and I'm thinking of getting a male. She's been in the tank for around 2-3 months doing great. Any advice? Should I or shouldn't I. The last thing I want is for them to fight.

Similar Topics

  1. Reef Aquarium Fish Scooter Dragonets?
    By MizTanks in forum Marine Fish
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-13-2013, 08:33 AM
  2. Reef Aquarium Fish Scooter Dragonets?
    By MizTanks in forum Marine Fish
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 11-01-2012, 04:21 PM
  3. Reef Aquarium Fish Fighting Fire Fish~Oh my!
    By MizTanks in forum Marine Fish
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 06-04-2012, 12:53 PM
  4. Reef Aquarium Fish Mandarin Dragonets
    By WillBattle in forum Marine Fish
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-11-2012, 09:02 PM
  5. Reef Aquarium Fish oscellaris fighting
    By kui loach in forum Marine Fish
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 04-12-2007, 05:39 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

About CaptiveReefs

    If you are interested in learning about reefkeeping or have a problem with your reef, our reefkeeping community is here to help. Feel free to ask a question or search our site. We have lots of experienced reefkeepers that are willing to provide free reefkeeping advice!

    Besides being a great resource for all levels of reef aquarium hobbyists, CaptiveReefs is a social experience that will enhance your enjoyment of reefkeeping. CaptiveReefs is committed to connecting reefkeepers with the support and information they need to grow beautiful coral reef aquariums.

Information

Connect with Us