trouble in paradise!
the dovii pair "from the right side" of the tank have decided that they have had enough. for the last week or so they had been slowly moving more and more to the left side of the tank. right into the territory of the other dovii pair. guarding a few young of their last spawn these at first defended their area well. until yesterday. upon checking the Cichlidarium I noticed both males having their fins torn and showing scratches on their bodies. the right male was clearly on the winning side showing better colours than it's opponent.
a funny sight: at the right side the tank is empty with fish for almost three meters; at the left side six fishes (the amarillo pair is still squeezed in the middle) are quarrelling.
today the defeated dovii male hid behind a piece of slate. it is relatively safe there.
complicating factor: tomorrow I leave for Scotland to practice my other hobby
and I won't be back for three weeks.