I've noticed a little "ritual" if you will between these two characters in my 30 gallon tank and I was wondering if anyone could tell me what they are doing.
Today I noticed that my Bolivian Ram
started swimming towards my flame Dwarf Gourami
. It gently picked up the pace as it got closer.The Gourami meanwhile just stood its ground and watched. The Bolivian Ram
all but looked like it was going to run into to him, and then it put on the brakes and gave him what looked like a kiss. It opened its mouth and pushed it out and gently laid one on him. The gourami then turned it's side towards the Ram and it did it again.
A little bit later, they both had a stare down about two inches from eachother, only this time the gourami inched slowly closer and closer, and the ram backed up in reverse. After a few inches it stopped and the gourami creeped right up to the ram and the were nose to nose. Then they back up about a centimeter or so and gently butted snouts. Then they turned around and went on their way.
Periodically after that they'd do some form of that stuff over again. ONe would gently pursue the other, and at other times the one being chased would stand their ground and they'd meet.
They are not chasing eachother violently or anything like that. In between these displays they'll hover right next to each other or near each other and go about their thing.
What's going on? Are they socializing? Playing? Is this playfull behavior or is this aggressive in nautre? Just curious as I've never seen this before. Thanks