08-20-2012, 09:05 PM
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A caution, before getting a second...what size is the tank? Have you got a male or a female?
Mikrogeophagus altispinosus and its close cousin M. ramirezi, the two "rams," form bonded pairs. The male selects his female and they bond, usually for life. If you have a male, or a female, and add a ram of the opposite sex, they will not necessarily "bond," with the result that the female (usually) will be stressed to actual death. And if you should end up with two males, they will each consider the tank "their territory" and if it is not large enough one of them will likely soon be dead. This fish seems to live in isolation in their habitat, except when they mate.
As for the colour, the fish has to be "happy" in its environment. And like most cichlids, they do not appreciate being moved, so they take time to settle, from days to weeks depending upon the individual fish.
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