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Stressed female??

This is a discussion on Stressed female?? within the Ribbed Newts (Pleurodeles) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; So I recently introduced two new p.waltl a male and female into my existing tank of five males...so now there's ...

Ribbed Newts (Pleurodeles) Now comprising at least 3 species, this genus of newts includes the largest "newt" in the world, Pleurodeles waltl.

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So I recently introduced two new p.waltl a male and female into my existing tank of five males...so now there's six males and the one female so now do I have to worry about her getting stressed out or anything from all the attention she's getting? there's constantly boys chasing her around and holding on to her sometimes two or three at a time shes quite larger than them all so when she wants to get away she can shake them off easy enough so should I take her out and keep her separate or just let them all do there thing?


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Does she ever nip at the males? Some quick nips can be normal, but if any of them begint o get more aggressive than normal it may be a problem. Having a higher ratio of males to female makes for a competitive environment that will eventually encourage breeding for the dominant male. If, however, you begin to see bite marks or some of the newts hanging out in seclusion out of the water, those are signs of stress. How large is your tank?



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So far there's no aggression between the males that I've seen and she doesn't nip at all that I've seen she'll just wiggle them off her and swim away and the tank is a 50 gallon long so there's plenty of space...the plan is too get one or two more females and split the group into a few smaller ones eventually


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Well, a 50 long is certainly big enough. If there isn't any aggression going on I'd say she's enjoying the popularity. Possibly with a hint of annoyance. Adding the other females will probably remove some of the attention from her, I can't see it going wrong either way.



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