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Twistersmom 01-09-2009 06:57 PM

Bolivian ram question?
I bought a female and male Bolivian Ram A while back. I dont think they are going to be a matting pair. The male chases the female away during feeding time. Latley the female has spent alot more time hiding then I would like her to. I dont feel a need to breed the fish, just wondering if I should add another female to the mix, if it would help make the existing female feel more secure. Would the two females hang out together? The male has done no damage, just some gentle pecks.

aquakid 01-09-2009 09:34 PM

That is a very good Idea to reduce agression. You could add 0ne, two, ore even 3 more females. With schooling fish the more the merrier applies

dagizmo19 01-09-2009 09:52 PM

Is a Ram considered a 'schooling' fish?

Sucidemonkey 01-09-2009 10:01 PM

If your trying to breed, i heard the general rule of thumb with most fish is to have like 2:1 Ratio of Females to males
to split the agression and to Increase chances of Babies. but i guess thats just with guppies/Sword Tails

aunt kymmie 01-09-2009 10:02 PM

I don't think Rams would be considered schooling fish.
I have three Bolivians. After about a week I liked them so much I wanted to add another or two. My LFS guy told me the new ones would get beat up. I heeded the advice. Who knows if it was correct advice?? (I'm cautious by nature).
I haven't figured out sexes (I "think" I have 2M/1F:bad ratio)..too young yet. All three chase each other at feeding time. I have had some squabbling and the trio takes turn as to who is the instigator. Each has established his/her own territory w/in the tank.

Sucidemonkey 01-09-2009 10:24 PM


1077 01-10-2009 03:19 AM

From my own observations... increasing the ratio of females to males in an effort to curb aggression works much better in large tanks. T;-)his applys to nearly all fish.

Twistersmom 01-10-2009 09:14 AM

Thanks everyone!
They are in a 65gal, so a decent amount of room. Sounds like if I add another female, the one I have is still going to hide behind the plant. Maybe out of curiosity I will add another to see if the male treats her any different, but I dont feel a rush to add another now.

Sucidemonkey 01-10-2009 07:28 PM

She will probaly come out once she feels the agression is off of her. My moms fish use to hide when all the other fish died acept for two. Then i put another fish in their and they Started acting normal again and came out and swam like they use to.

It sounds weird but i think its a feeling of safety in numbers.

iamntbatman 01-13-2009 03:59 AM

It could be that they just aren't interested in one another yet. My krib pair hated one another at first, but after a while they started hanging out together and eventually bred. In a 65g, though, you probably have enough room to add another female. If, eventually, you do get a pair that breeds, you may have to remove the extra female so she doesn't get beat up.

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