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post #1 of 11 Old 04-23-2013, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
How aggressive are Ram cichlids?

I have seen videos of these fish with small community fish like neon tetra's.

I have searched this before but I can't find any info about it.
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-23-2013, 06:32 PM
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Hey. . . Sweater (nice SN) Welcome to TFK!
I keep Bolivian Rams, and I ADORE them. They can be snarky amongst themselves, but in my experience they pretty much ignore other tankmates unless they're spawning. I've kept mine with a shoal of JellyBean Tetra, and a couple of types of Pangio loach for some time now - and three attempted spawnings - with no issues. I have never kept German Blue Rams, though. Hope this helps?
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Hey. . . Sweater (nice SN) Welcome to TFK!
I keep Bolivian Rams, and I ADORE them. They can be snarky amongst themselves, but in my experience they pretty much ignore other tankmates unless they're spawning. I've kept mine with a shoal of JellyBean Tetra, and a couple of types of Pangio loach for some time now - and three attempted spawnings - with no issues. I have never kept German Blue Rams, though. Hope this helps?
GBR's are pretty peaceful as well, you can house them with other community peaceful fish with no ill effect, although they can get aggressive when they have no place to call 'home' (IE hiding places). But in general, they are non-aggressive and will play nice with peaceful tank mates, housing them with any aggressive fish is cruel as they will not defend themselves adequately. I would also advise against housing them with a large number of shoaling/hyperactive fish as well.
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-23-2013, 06:38 PM
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Thanks, Andrew! I was just about to come in and add that they need to be kept with peaceful friends! Don't want any lil' Rambabies getting hurt, that would be super sad!. . .
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post #5 of 11 Old 04-23-2013, 06:39 PM
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I haven't found the germans or bolivians to be aggressive at all. Rams didn't get their name for nothing - they will face off and ram each other...like rams Generally no harm comes from this.
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Hey. . . Sweater (nice SN) Welcome to TFK!
I keep Bolivian Rams, and I ADORE them. They can be snarky amongst themselves, but in my experience they pretty much ignore other tankmates unless they're spawning. I've kept mine with a shoal of JellyBean Tetra, and a couple of types of Pangio loach for some time now - and three attempted spawnings - with no issues. I have never kept German Blue Rams, though. Hope this helps?
Thank you for the reply! One more thing, Do Ram's get along with Angelfish? And will the try to eat my Ghost shrimp?
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-24-2013, 05:03 PM
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In my experience, rams just do their own thing and don't care about other fish. I've not kept them with angels, but other larger cichlids. I've not kept them with shrimp...shrimp are at the bottom of the food chain, so I would jot be surprised if some went missing.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-24-2013, 05:47 PM
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Either ram species, Blue Ram or Bolivian Ram, is often suggested as suitable tankmates for angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare). Just keep the temperature requirements in mind though. And, be aware of space and numbers of the rams (and angels too for that matter).

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And, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

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I've seen a ram eat a juvie amano before, so I wouldn't keep it with ghost shrimp.
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Most fish enjoy a shrimp dinner
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