04-17-2014, 09:01 PM
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Cichlidsrule, I agree that many of the most beautiful cichlids (IMO) are nasty. But I can see your point. My viewpoint, however, is I have tanks to enjoy, and to me, fish chasing each other, trying to maim or kill each other isn't relaxing! And that's one of the main reasons I have tanks--to relax while watching the fish.
One of my new rams was dead this morning. I have no idea why. She was fine last night, in fact looking better than ever. Very active and eating out of my fingers, colored up beautifully. So you can imagine my shock! She was my favorite. I was devastated. I emailed the seller, and even though he only guarantees them at delivery, he offered to send me another female for shipping charges only. I'd had her over a week! So I was very impressed, and I hope I have better luck with the next one. My male, by the way, seems to be doing fine. But I've learned, after doing a lot of reading, that with GBRs, they can suddenly die for apparently no reason, and I'd been checking my parameters religiously, and they are perfect. Maybe a slight change in something when I did a water change? I use treated tap water, so it's possible. I'll probably never know. I do know that if they keep dying, I won't be replacing them. They are such entertaining, personable fish, and I grew attached very quickly. I can't keep going through this heartache.