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aunt kymmie 09-16-2008 01:26 PM

Bolivian Rams
Hi All-

How many Bolivian Rams can I comfortably & safely house in a 100 gal? Current occupants include 7 yoyo loaches, 9 denison barbs & 1 pictus.

I have a planted tank with lots & lots of driftwood. Will it also be neccesary to add rock due to any potential spawning? I really don't want to add rock but if I have to I will.

Input, anyone? THANKS!

iamntbatman 09-16-2008 09:26 PM

I wouldn't add more than two males (or pairs) to the tank, and even then you'd have to keep an eye out for fighting between males or pairs. If you want to avoid them breeding, stick with only one sex. I wouldn't have more than two males, but you could probably get away with 3-4 females. You could also try two pairs, or one pair and 1 or 2 extra females.

aunt kymmie 09-16-2008 10:35 PM

Well, I'm having a little trouble locating Bolivian Rams locally. If I were to order them on line I wonder if specifying quantities per sex is even possible. Live Aquaria is out of stock and I don't find any on Aquabid. Humm...perhaps one of my LFS can order them for me.

If aggression presents itself what can be done about it, besides returning the instigator? Is it even possible to determine who the bully is when you have more than one ram?

Thanks for any info!

aunt kymmie 09-17-2008 05:59 PM

My LFS just got in about 15 of them, all very small, no way to sex them yet, not even showing much color yet. How many should I get?? :?

iamntbatman 09-18-2008 12:31 PM

I would probably get four. If you end up with extra males, you could return them, set up a smaller tank for one of them, or even try changing around your aquascaping. Breaking up the lines of sight and creating territories helps. You could try removing the most aggressive fish, changing your tank decor around, then adding the aggressive guy back after a day or two. This will let the less aggressive fish establish a territory and the aggressor will feel like "the new guy" and (hopefully) be less aggressive.

Then again, you could always play it safe and only get two. That way, even if they're males there's probably enough room in a tank that size for them to avoid one another. But that's not much of a challenge, is it?

aunt kymmie 09-18-2008 01:18 PM

Perfect, thanks for the info!
I will get four. In the event they are all males I'll have an excellent reason to set up a new tank. Instead of, "I want" it'll be a case of, "I need". Sounds like good rationale to me!

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