My 8" Trimac knocked down a divider and beat the #*^%# out of its brother -a Golden Trimac which is one of my favorite fish. rather than put up the divider again , I quickly moved the Trimac to the only tank that could possibly accomadate him for the time being. I put him in a 75g with some of his little brothers and sister who were under the reign of a "8 Nimbochromis F. The Nimbochromis has proven himself a rough customer and had even tried to fight my 13" syspilum. Actually i had to seperate them as the Nimbochromis was doing something akin to Stuka dive bombs on the hump head of the big sysns.
I went on treating the Golden for its wounds and did a water change while I was at it. I then went upstairs for a few minutes and even from my living room I could hear that something wasnt quite right in the fish room. I had forgotten about putting up a divider between the the Trimac and Nibochromis, I went back down and all hell had broken loose.
As we all know that have kept CA cichlids they prefer to fight straight up in a lip lock, their African cousins can fight this way but dont prefer it.
So for all intents and purposes the Trimac is fighting with strict Queensbury boxing rules. The Nimbo tried it that way but then busted out some Praying Mantis Kung -Fu. There was clear confusion in the mind of the Trimac, being lip locked on the snout and over the mouth sideways -FOUL!!! In the end the Trimac was too strong and angry- as they always are- and the Nimbochromis retreated into a route.
Neither fish were hurt and I would not have allowed that(just heading off critcism).
Sorry about the pic quality, didnt have time to set up quality.....