02-09-2013, 06:37 PM
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Lucas I take it is the Bolivian Ram. Sit in front of the tank very still for up to an hour and observe. If fish don't see motion, they will forget you are there are behave normally. [Just like kids
A cichlid on its own will own the tank. My Bolivian in the 115g does. He will nudge and head-but corys or any other fish that get in his way at meal time, but otherwise he leaves them alone. But the tank is his space, without any doubts, and the other 100+ fish know it.
The other day I observed something I hadn't seen before from the Bolivian after I put in the food. He was getting frustrated by the Bleeding Heart Tetra picking at the tabs on the substrate, and he took matters into his own hands--or fins I suppose--and let them know enough was enough. There he was, mid-tank, just hanging there motionless, and the entire shoal of BH were above him in a group. If one of them attempted to swim down, he would go directly at it, driving it back up into the group. This went on for a good 20 minutes. Normally the BH are down picking at the tabs, etc, but not that day. The Ram was fed up.