Bolivian Rams Round whatever, stupid rams
Well I didn't know until today but they apparently bread on saturday, I say I didn't know because the female was guarding a rock covered in sand until today when I saw the sand had been removed and most the eggs were fuzzy. Now she is aggressively guarding the fuzzy eggs from the male who I assume wants to eat the eggs since they are no longer viable.
I don't know if she was trying to hide the eggs or what but apparently redoing their tank with sand gave her the wrong idea... The beautiful part of the remodel is I put small rocks in the tank for them to lay on so I can remove them if this continues. I'm starting to think the next time they breed I should go ahead and move the eggs to an empty tank and try my luck that way. What do you guys think, should I give them one more try to get it right in their new environment or should I go ahead and start separating them from the eggs and see how they do?
Dont touch anything!
Rams have a set way in caring for their eggs, AND young. If you go in there and disturb them, it will mess everything up. First, the rams clean a surface for them to lay eggs on, and the male digs a sort of pit for the young to "play" in... Once they are done, the female lays the eggs, and the male follows behind her fertalizing them. After that, the female tends to the eggs by fanning them and the male defends the grounds by chasing away any other fish. Every now and then, the male will come back to relieve the female of her duties for about 5-10 seconds.. after that it's back to fanning the eggs. Once they are hatched, the parents care for them and bring them to the pit. There is absolutely NOTHING you have to do.. but watch. It is VERY interesting to watch. As for food.. I would get some food meant for small small small fish.. I know Petco sells a powder like substance for 3$ a pouch. Really it isnt a powder, It's micro food that newborns can eat. I wouldnt change anything, move anything, or disturb anything. I wouldnt even do a water change during the time that the rams are caring for eggs, wouldnt want to create a current that would otherwise wash away the eggs.. possibly into the filter.:-)
Thanks for the info, I've gone through 4 other attempts at these two breeding with no success, I have threads for all of them. I recently redid their tank with sand because they were eating the wrigglers as they hatched as I figured they wanted places to dig the pits for the hatched ones. Now the female takes the sand and covers her eggs, I think I just got a stupid pair and may have to remove the eggs.
Just to let you know... Bolivian Rams do scoop babies into their mouths not to eat them.. but to move, protect, or raise them... :-)
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