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Loach dominance ritual?
Posted By: stripes <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, 5 July 2002, at 10:30 a.m.
The first couple of times I saw my littlest loach do this, I thought it was my imagination, but now I think Iím really seeing it: my smallest loach (the only one of my six striata who is not plump yet) will be approached by one of the others, and he will lie over on his side for a moment, and not swim off until the other fish moves away. He is not just hanging around on his side, but is upright and busy loaching around until approached by the other fish, when he rolls to his side, and then he rolls upright again when the other fish leaves. It looks like a submissive canine presenting its belly to a dominant one. Has anyone else seen this before?
Iíve seen dominant fish chase other fish around the tank, or maybe just need to flare their fins a little to make another fish back down, but