I appreciate the advice. I am an experienced keeper and only ever offer the best of care to my fish. If any real chance of a fish being harmed occurred I would have intervened and separated the fish to another tank.
I have spent thousands of hours monitoring and studying the fish I keep in captivity. If I am not satisfied that my fish are 100% happy I will re-scape my tanks, change cohabitants, or put them in to a species only tank. I do whatever I have to do until they are 100% happy.
I can see how any person reading the post would feel I was placing fish in the way of danger unnecessarily, but this was not the case. I would never do that. When I said the caudopunks tried to remove the multis from their shell, it sounded far worse than what happened in actuality. We all know how cichlids feign attempts to bite or pull at fish, no contact was made at all. Im sure you know multis are feisty, and can handle confrontations. If I thought the female multi could not defend herself I would have re-homed her. Initially I tried to let the fish decide where they wanted to live. Because this did not work I arranged a secluded section of the tank (re-scaped) for each breeding pair. Harmony ensued
I appreciate that you are concerned about the safety of not only your own fish, but all fish, as I am too
. Please rest assured I am an animal lover. I also would appreciate if you didn't state your opinion in a definite manner, such as "your fish will die", as this is only your opinion.
In my experience these particular fish are at their most aggressive when looking for a spawning site or guarding eggs/ fry, which all of them are, and they are getting on just fine. All fish are adult. There are very few definite's in fishkeeping and I always stand to be proved wrong, which is why I always try to offer advice with the phrase "In my opinion...experience etc etc" attached
Here are a few pics of the tank in question. Unfortunately the newest caudopunk fry are too small to picture (its amazing how green they are), but there are some bigger fry that were evicted from their parents care. All fish are living in peaceful conditions, with no incursions into each others nests.
My multis decided to excavate their pit. They are down to the base of the tank now.