05-27-2010, 12:36 PM
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Eileen, check out the info in our profile of this species, it will answer your questions. You can go directly to the profile by clicking on the shaded fish name in posts too, as: Bolivian Ram or the scientific name Mikrogeophagus altispinosus.
Two or more males will establish their individual territories so they need sufficient space; thre males in a 4-foot will work with plant and wood separation between territories. A pair works if you can find a pair, distinguishing male and female when young is not easy. And they do fine singly, just one fish in an aquarium, as explained in the profile.
Liam, these fish actually do quite well at parenting from the start, unlike angels for instance. The only fish in your tank that might end this soon are the corys. Once they know there are fry present, they can be very persistent, and they are then oblivious to the attacks of a cichlid because of their armour. I experienced this with Mikrogeophagus ramirezi; all was well for about 4 or 5 days, then a couple of the corys came upon the fry and bingo, there was a feeding frenzy which the female ram could not dispel thought she tried.