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post #11 of 15 Old 10-17-2009, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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so bolivian ram is the way to go? is there any way to buy a male and female paired?
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so bolivian ram is the way to go? is there any way to buy a male and female paired?
Fish at the size usually seen in stores are difficult to sex. The males at maturity have much longer extensions to their caudal fin, and if you noticed the pair in the photo in the article I linked previously you can see the difference clearly.

Whenever I have come across this fish, which are not that common in stores as you mentioned earlier, they have been basically doing their own thing. You may have better luck if they are a bit larger, simply by observing their behaviour for a period of time.

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post #13 of 15 Old 10-18-2009, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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How would things go if i bought 2-3 males, and later down the line re-arranged the aquarium and added 3 more females? i would think it would be ok but im no expert.. since i'd re-arrange things i would thing the territorial thing would start over and they'd establish new territories? Not sure how claiming their females goes?
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How would things go if i bought 2-3 males, and later down the line re-arranged the aquarium and added 3 more females? i would think it would be ok but im no expert.. since i'd re-arrange things i would thing the territorial thing would start over and they'd establish new territories? Not sure how claiming their females goes?
According to evidence from collectors, this fish in nature lives in isolation, only coming together at spawning times. Males will therefore constantly challenge each other, and in large enough quarters with individual territories that rarely leads to damage. In a 55g I would say three is the max, with plants/wood/rocks arranged so as to provide each with a "territory." If determining male or female is not certain (fish young, too small) I would say 2-3 fish is it. With luick you might have a mix.

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post #15 of 15 Old 10-19-2009, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I'll take your advice. I will buy 2-3 and if i dont get any pairs so be it. Thanks, Byron you've been a huge help to me.
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