Why Are My Fish Fighting?

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When you buy new fish for your tropical aquarium, you want them to swim peacefully and get along. That’s why it can be particularly upsetting if you find that your fish are fighting. Not only is this stressful for you and the fish, but it can lead to bullying, wounds and even death.

Not sure why your fish are fighting? Here are a few of the most common reasons why your tropical fish don’t get along.

They’re territorial.

Certain species of fish are more territorial than others. It’s important that you research the types of fish that go well together in a tank. More community orientated fish may be a better choice for your tropical aquarium if you are concerned about having some bullies.

Too many males.

When there are more male fish than female fish in a tank, your tropical fish maybe become aggressive towards the female. It’s important to have a healthy ratio of fish in your aquarium. If you have more females than males in the tank you will not experience the same aggression as if you have more males than females.

The tank is overcrowded.

If your fish are fighting for space, they may fight with each other. Make sure that your tank is the right size for the number and size of fish that you are keeping in your tank. You may need to increase the size of your tank or add an additional tank to accommodate for your tropical fish.

Looking to add a few new fish to your tank? Have any questions about what types of fish are compatible? Visit our Mineola pet store — we are here to help you find the perfect fish for your home’s tropical aquarium.