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Old 02-13-2012, 07:55 PM   #11
 
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I hate to say this, but the dominant male really bullied the heck out of the other GBRs. They were hiding near the top...a dead giveaway that they'd probably die. So I isolated them and gave all but the dominant male away
But anyway, I was wondering if I could replace the remaining GBR with 4-5 Bolivian rams in the same tank. Are Bolivian rams more peaceful? From the picture of my tank, does my tank have enough plants? Are there enough things to break the line of sight? If not, any suggestions are welcome.
Otherwise, I am thinking of getting 4-5 pearl Gouramis...they are available at my local LFS as well as Petsmart.

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Bolivians are the same. I've first hand experience with my male killing the female I gave him. With Bolivians I recommend the same as for the common Ram; observe the fish in the store and buy a bonded pair. Another method is to buy a group and let them pair off. But then you have the others to deal with. I've had good luck with a single male Bolivian twice.

Gourami are very similar to cichlids. Males are territorial, the degree to which depends but as a couple other members here who tried can tell you, a male can easily kill off the other gourami, male and female, if the mood strikes him. Having said that, one male with 3-4 females in a 55g might work.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:33 AM   #12
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Bolivians are the same. I've first hand experience with my male killing the female I gave him. With Bolivians I recommend the same as for the common Ram; observe the fish in the store and buy a bonded pair. Another method is to buy a group and let them pair off. But then you have the others to deal with. I've had good luck with a single male Bolivian twice.

Gourami are very similar to cichlids. Males are territorial, the degree to which depends but as a couple other members here who tried can tell you, a male can easily kill off the other gourami, male and female, if the mood strikes him. Having said that, one male with 3-4 females in a 55g might work.
I'll look at the BRs. Any tell tale signs that they're a bonded pair ? I guess its a bit confusing since they keep so many fish in a tiny tank...I might end up pointing to two fish and end up getting one I didn't want !
Also, would it be possible to put in a pair of BRs with the one GBR in the 55G? Or is it best to wait?

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Old 02-14-2012, 11:11 AM   #13
 
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I'll look at the BRs. Any tell tale signs that they're a bonded pair ? I guess its a bit confusing since they keep so many fish in a tiny tank...I might end up pointing to two fish and end up getting one I didn't want !
Also, would it be possible to put in a pair of BRs with the one GBR in the 55G? Or is it best to wait?

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To get a bonded pair, or a pair that is likely to be bonded, you have to observe the tank of fish for a while, like 15 minutes or longer. You will see males "being male," by which I mean pushing each other around. Sort of charging but not physically engaging, though sometimes they will. Females will not be doing this. If one of these males has a less colourful or slightly smaller fish close to him, that he basically ignores, that is likely a female to which he may have bonded. At this point, observe that pair even more closely. If they remain together, it is more likely they have bonded. But if another female is also allowed to be that close, with no variation in the male's behaviour toward either, he may not have decided.

With respect to the two species together: I personally do not like more than one cichlid species in an aquarium. In my experience with dwarf cichlids, both Apistogramma species and these two rams, a 4-foot tank is best with only one species. My females were killed within a few months, and not by males but by other females guarding eggs/fry. For a small fish (an inch) the female when guarding can be very nasty, and any other cichlids female is seen as a direct threat. Catfish are also hounded, since they just naturally lumber along into the nest area. And cichlids will spawn often and regularly, I had females guarding fry every 4-5 weeks. And this was in my 70g flooded Amazon tank which is thick with plants and wood; but the guarding female seems to "sense" other females even if she can't see them. Watching her charge half way across the tank to take a nip out of one of the other females behind some wood was interesting, though not for the poor female on the receiving end.

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Old 02-14-2012, 11:18 AM   #14
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Thanks Byron ! I'll either rehome the GBR to another tank or wait or donate before I get the BRs. The more I learn about the dwarf cichlids, the more fascinated I become with them ! I'll do more research and hopefully I can give a pair a good home
I've got 6 corycats in the 55G. As I understand from reading other threads in this forum, they don't really have a concept of territory. Is it safe to keep a dwarf cichlid pair with corys?
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:40 AM   #15
 
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Thanks Byron ! I'll either rehome the GBR to another tank or wait or donate before I get the BRs. The more I learn about the dwarf cichlids, the more fascinated I become with them ! I'll do more research and hopefully I can give a pair a good home
I've got 6 corycats in the 55G. As I understand from reading other threads in this forum, they don't really have a concept of territory. Is it safe to keep a dwarf cichlid pair with corys?
Yes. Just realize that if the cichlids are a pair and spawn, the corys will be on the receiving end. This usually doesn't do physical harm. Even my male Bolivian on his own used to push corys away when feeding; cichlids eat from the substrate so they naturally get "annoyed" with corys taking "their" food. For some reason he was intolerant of the spotted species even outside of feeding times, whereas he rarely messed with some of the others.
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