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the bolivian ram that i got as a replacement for the one that died is a adult and the other 3 are juvies..But one of the smaller ones acts really weird when the larger one gets near him.His color darkens and the red on his fin edges gets bright red and he turns on his side.They have never locked lips or nipped at each other is he trying to impress the larger one or trying to court or something? None of the 3 smaller ones have did this before to each other and only the 1 is doing it to the larger one i just put in the tank tonite..Is it possible the small one is trying to pair up with the larger one? So soon tho? I thought it took a few weeks for rams to pair off..Its really amazing how much his color changes its just something you got to see to believe i guess..
 

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i have 3 blue rams and i assume they will behave similarly. i know what you mean about changing colour. i think mine kinda square up to each other now and again and youre right, their colour darkens by an unbelievable amount! i think theyre just having a wee squabble aomng one anotrher and as long as theres no actual agression, like you said theres no lip locking or nipping, then you should be alright
 

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This is normal for rams--the floating on the side thing is actually being submissive--my theory is that they basically are trying to act like a dead fish to get the other ram to leave them alone. They change color all the time too, the one that is the most dominant will have deep colors and lots of black.
 
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