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ram cichlid aggressiveness
February 12, 2013
7:59 am
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A few months ago, I bought a pair of german blue rams. Everything was going fine until last friday, when my female layer eggs. They disappeared over night, as I was expecting them to do. Nothing much happened until monday. But on monday night, my male started harassing the female and chasing her around my medium planted 15g tank. She lost  bit of colour and her fins have obviously been nipped at.

What should I do? Help! 

 

February 17, 2013
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This is obviously a pretty late reply but, it's not uncommon for cichlid pairs to start fighting even when they have appeared to get a long well for a long period of time. It could be the case that the male wanted to spawn again but the female wasn't ready. If the female is allowed to hide somewhere out of sight from the male then I would think she should be okay.

 

Would be interesting to hear how things turned out.

February 17, 2013
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if it carries on you may have to remove her, I had a pair a few years ago where the male hassled the female to death after an unsuccessful spawning. He just wouldn't leave her a lone.

 

Can you put her in a q tank for a while to give her a breather? Try and re-introduce her later?

February 22, 2013
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Well the female lives! She had some hiding places in the tank, but anyways, the aggressiveness died down after about a day and a half. She spawned again on Tuesday. The eggs lasted for three days, and just as I started to see them wiggle a bit, they got eaten. This time, the male didn't chase the female around too much. She knew what to do. 

But I really don't understand why my pair don't protect there eggs a lot. They just swim away, and come back to stare at a fish resting on the spot where they layer there eggs! It's so frustrating! I had already bought food for the fry and everything! 

 

February 23, 2013
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good news on the agressiveness calming down, shame about the eggs!

 

Odd that the male doesn't protect them, I had a pair spawn and the male held off a couple of Discus who were 3 or 4 times his size!

February 24, 2013
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Sadly, the male started chasing the female around again, yesterday at noon. She looked really stressed, and I ended up taking the male out for some time. But when I put him back in, he hid for a few minutes, and then started chasing her again! Luckily, he stopped this evening, because (I think?) that the female is almost ready to spawn again! When she does, I'll be sure to protect them from my 4 panda corys, who, I think, are the greedy egg-thieves.

Also, which other fishes could I put in the tank, alongside the rams, 4 panda corys, 4 dwarf otos, and 6 endler guppies? If you think the tank is overstocked, just tell me.

February 24, 2013
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Also, I was looking at previous posts and saw one about ram cichlid aggressiveness, in which they talked about blue spots on the female's black spot. The same happens to mine when she's chased around, while the rest of her colour fades away, only to be replaced a bit later, by grey/black. What's happening?

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