05-13-2007, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Lupin
This is not always the case. Rams are known to harass other fish as well, not just members of their own species. Still, it is important that they are the ones that dominate the tank as bullying from larger tankmates will not really help them enjoy their environment.
Originally Posted by Captain Crab
Although rams seem to only harass other rams.
Well, with the "attackable fish" (I don't think any fish I own thinks the plecos are attackable :P) left in the tank, I notice the GGRs working up the courage to take on the Queen B**** (my female Apisto named for her change in attitude when the first male died from stress (since learned lighting strategies)). She rules the roost so to speak and beats up on the (currently) smaller male and for a while, had the GBRs in check until the GGRs & Gouramis were added. The male apisto has even been known to bully the Rams, but it looks like the tide will soon be turning. I told the GGR that I find one more fish dead and he's ending up in my shark tank with the tiger barbs. :P Somehow I don't think he was listening.
As a side note, after watching the female flametail, I'm now convinced it's possible for fish to get panic attacks despite what several other people have told me. I've notice that when she's scared, she goes light colorations, but when she's panicking, she goes dark and actually has very noticable breathing problems where she pants.