11-24-2008, 10:59 PM
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Strange Ram Behaviour
I just recently introduced (24 hours ago), my frist ever cichlid to my 35 gallon aquarium, a Bolivian Ram. The tank currently is home to a school of 6 danios, 4 tiger barbs, 1 blackfin cory, 1 bamboo shrimp, and one bristlenose pleco. Ever since the ram has been introduced it has been fairly calm considering it is surrounded by a lot active fish.
All it seems to be doing is swiming against the glass "trying to get out", swimming back and forth from one end to the other, against the glass. The tank has two heavily artifically planted sections, one on either end of the tank, so it should have someplace to hide (the pleco hides on one side only). Happened to eat a little bit of a sinking wafer tonight, it was still quite hard so I don't think it managed to eat much. I've tried feeding several different types of food, from floating flakes and pellets to sinking wafers and freeze dried brine shrimp.
Should he settle down a bit over the next few days and start searching for food a little more actively? Is this normal behaviour for these fish when first introduced?