12-28-2010, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Christople
Ok thanks I was wondering... I was just wondering... And I think my lfs sells wild ones for I have had my male for around a year and a half. My male follows the female around and will put his mouth on his side and then blow water out of his mouth or bite or something... She is about 1/3 of his sise and there is no visible damage... What is he doing
This is common behaviour between male/female rams. My Bolivians do similar things from time to time. They also hover about 2-3 inches apart staring at each other, until one give in and moves away (it can be either the male or the female depending upon their instincts at the time). They will nudge each other, even briefly locking jaws sometimes. The male will sidle up to the female and display. Or sometimes the male will quite fiercely drive the female out of his sight, and the female can do the same to the male. Which is why rams need space with plants and wood to divide the line of sight.
If well cared for and in good health (much can affect health, long before you even bought them), rams should live about 4 years, both the common and the Bolivian species.