Came home from work today to see two of my Golden Zebra really greyed out and they appear to be squabbling. Tight close together and chasing each other in quite tight circles. Didn't appreciate actually how greyed out they can become !!! Do I need to be monitoring this or leave them to iron it out ??! I'm assuming it's a dominance issue here ? They are in a group of 5 and none of the other have greyed out or even seem particularly bothered as to what's going on.....
Also on the "An Introduction to keeping botia" here is a link http://www.loaches.com/articles/an-intr ... ping-botia It's mentions "Greying-out"
Both sites basically say that it's a sign of aggression. Maybe more hiding spots would be beneficial?
Is there enough room for this species to each claim a territory, and are there enough markers so each will know where their area ends? Right now the fish are saying it is not enough. They might work it out. Perhaps move some rocks around, change the area.
Happy fish keeping!
Many thanks for the replies. The tank length is 4ft; very well planted (plants used to enable hiding spots if needed) along with lots of bogwood with which I've tried to create caves etc for them. Just been watching them now; the colour has come back and they appear to have settled down. I changed the decor around at the w/end to try and create some more caves and hiding spots for them. Perhaps that is what has started this off ? claiming the new bit of turf ?
Normal service appears to be resumed at the moment; colour back and each in it's own spot....
More caves required perhaps ?
I've never seen any of these incidents last more than a few minutes, and I've never seen an injury result. If I were you, I wouldn't worry too much. I think your loaches are just acting like loaches.
Your comments are along my train of thought tbh. Was so surprised at how pale the black banding went; don't think I would have believed it unless I had seen it with my own eyes !!! The two that were squabbling are of roughly the same size which made me think it was a dominance issue. Not seen it before and not since, so fingers crossed eh !!?
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