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post #11 of 12 Old 05-14-2012, 12:36 PM
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Right, First of all I tried to post earlier today on my iPhone at work but it was playing up so only allowed me to post the word good!! lol. sorry.

Second, good call on the bolivian rams, although I am sure I read a thread Byron commented on saying that the male ram needs to pick the female for them to be a pair, but I could be wrong. Hopefully they will be ok! bolivian Rams RULE! I have one in my community tank and he is the coolest most chilled sweet fish ever. love their big lips, they look very cute.

Avoid the Kribensis like the plague! unless its on its own, I made the mistake of having a male bolivian, and a female Krib in the same smallish tank...unmitigated disaster. NEVER again, I learnt my lesson. The Krib went back to the LFS and peace once again resumed. horrible experience though, for everyone concerned.

Wait till those Rams settle in and colour up! they are so white due to the stress, they will soon be all orange and blue, with the purple fins.. such a beautiful fish! I love my ram.

Heres a pic of my ram George!
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post #12 of 12 Old 05-19-2012, 10:08 AM
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That is a nice aquarium, good work. My one suggestion is floating plants. Those fish will be more relaxed and more colourful with a roof over them. Water Sprite is my own favourite, but there are other floating plants, check our profiles.

Simon is correct on the ram pairing; males select their female and the pair normally bond for life. This does not mean that this male will not accept this female. I don't know what goes through the mind of the male on this, so just be prepared.

And generally, never more than one species of cichlid in a tank, as someone mentioned. It can sometimes work, but usually not.


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Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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