This is an issue I have tackled many many time with different people and got all sort of responses on, and I feel the people within this community are among the most competent of cichlid keepers. My question is a multi-part question which is centered around this: How do I influence my dovii to be more visible? I have read many stories, posts, seen pictures and videos of dovii showing insane amounts of aggression. The majority of all dovii keepers will normally agree they are among the most fierce of all cichlids. But in my experience with them, they seem to be the most easily spooked and frightened of all cichlids. Many of the Amphilophus species are unflinching and very aggressive towards eachother and humans. Same thing with Nandopsis, Astronotus, Cryptoheros, and other genus cichlids. I would consider my tank setups to be quite biotope correct, offering plenty of rock edifications, driftwood, gravel, etc. to hide in if they feel threatened. I do not use fluorescent lights on the tanks, as this seems only to increase their reclusive behaviour. Each time I walk in the room they run and hide and take 1 or 2 minutes to come back out. Even when they come back out if you approach their tank too quickly, they are inclined to dart back into a cave or clay pot. I am just wondering if there is something I can do to decrease this reclusive behaviour? I have tried all sorts of dither fish and they get picked off rather quickly (within a matter of 1-3 days). Do water conditions affect this? My pH is normally about 7.8, dGH 9, ammonia-0, nitrite-0, nitrate-less than 20ppm. I would consider my water to be in perfect condition as my nitrate is normally 0 (I do daily 40% water changes on all my tanks). I feed high quality pellet foods and on a regular basis. My tanks are species only tanks, as they destroy anything else I put in there. I just want the tank bashing, gill flaring action I have seen of so many other dovii. My breeding pair has been in their tank for 2 months, my f1 for a month, and my wild for a month. Now how much will their size affect their aggression? My wild dovii is about 6" SL, my f1 is only 2.5", my breeder male is ~9" female is ~6". Any info, suggestions, recomendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!