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post #11 of 36 Old 06-12-2012, 04:56 PM
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Yes, I don't want any terrible experiences, for sure! I will just get the Bolivian then. And if they are old enough to sex, I will get a male. Thank you again!
Not sure what they look like when they are very young, but here is a link to a forum that has plenty of photos of examples between males and females, there should be enough for you to pick out something.

The males have more of a pronounced black feather like thing on the top of their head, its the first 3 or so sections of the fin on their head. the females also have this, but the males has a one bit that sticks out more, like the 3rd black bit sticks up, where on the female its a steady graduation. my male has this, and other males I have seen in pics on here too, so could be good to look out for.

Good luck.
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heres a picture of my ram, he is called george.
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post #12 of 36 Old 06-13-2012, 11:18 AM
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My male and female are extremely difficult to tell apart. Only way I can do it is when I see the ovipositor.
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post #13 of 36 Old 06-15-2012, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you--I have some idea now of what I should look for. That is, if I get a Bolivian at all now. I was told there was a good chance it would be aggressive to my female bettas, which I absolutely cannot have! My bettas are very precious to me. Rhymon, your male is such a beauty! I love his face.

10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.

20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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My rams have taken on a bristlenose pleco while breeding.
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post #15 of 36 Old 06-15-2012, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I gave in. We went to the LFS for another platy and balloon Molly. There was a tank with Bolivians. I could not stop going back to that tank! After the fourth or fifth return, hubby said, "Just get one, and if it doesn't work out you can just put him by himself in the 10 gallon." He had a point--I have filter, heater, substrate, cave and a couple fake plants, and could get a couple live plants for that tank, so it wouldn't be that big of a deal.

There were two that were very small. One was about an inch long, and the other was about 1.5." Besides not being able to tell the sex, I was afraid such a small one might die on me, since I have no experience with them. So with help from the girl who worked there, we picked what we think is probably a male, but I want you guys to confirm it. From the link Rhymon gave above, I had several things to look for. But I seemed to get them all mixed up in my head, about what traits were male and what traits were female. I felt like I was getting everything backwards. But the girl pointed out the darker eye stripe and the richer color. I noticed too, that this one's face is more pointed, and he has less of a "chin" than the ones that were probably females. Also, some of his dorsals are longer. The tail is not longer yet, but not sure if that's due to his young age. He's about the size of my mature femate bettas. Maybe 2.5." How old do you think he mgiht be at that size? I'll attach a pic so you can tell me if I'm right about him being a male. OK, pic isn't working. Its under Enchilada, Bolivian Ram in my pics. Sorry.

10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.

20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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Looks like a male to me!!

Don't worry about aggression, they are one of the most peaceful cichlids. They only get aggressive during spawning. One male on its own will be fine, in my experience. My male has NEVER shown any aggression to any of the other fish in my tank, not in the slightest..

I think the males look like a cockatoo with that black fin on their head, where as the females its not so prominent. So to me that pic looks defo a male.

let us know how he gets on!

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Goodie! I'm so glad you looked at him, Rhymon. Thanks so much. I was hoping you would. And I remembered you saying yours was super peaceful. I got a male soley because of what you said about yours. I expected him to go and hide in a cave or something, but he's been picking around the bottom and checking things out since I brought him home a couple hours ago. Doesn't seem the slightest bit afraid, and not afraid of the other fish, even when my calico balloon Molly nipped at him. I'm really liking him already! I'm so glad I got him.

10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.

20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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I didn't see any links to pictures.
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post #19 of 36 Old 06-16-2012, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Fishpunk, I posted a better pic in another post. (Am new here and still getting used to posting pics).

10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.

20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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Mine spends the majority of his time right at the front of the tank swimming against the glass, almost as if he is trying to escape! doesn't ever hide, sometimes chills under some big leaves on my Anubias or does go in other parts of the tank but mainly just hangs about at the front.

Keep an eye on the Molly, because the ram will most likely not defend himself so if the Molly is too aggressive then something might need to be done to stop it.
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