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04-01-2012, 10:08 PM #1Member Molly
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The story of This Guy, This Girl, That Guy and That Girl
So after a while four German Blue Rams named as the title of this thread started to grow up. They all lived in a 45 Gallon bowfront initially. After a few weeks This Guy and This Girl figured they were made for each other and made a home out of one side of the tank, a gnarly old log with plenty of little branches for hiding being their centerpiece. A short time later That Guy figured he'd stake his claim on another piece of bogwood on the other side of the tank.
As time went by and they all got to know eachother That Guy didn't really find That Girl attractive and chased her out of his established territory. That Girl usually found herself chased directly into hostile territory occupied by the now paired off This Guy and This Girl. Over the next couple of weeks That Girl lost her colors as she was continually harrassed by the other Rams. Looking very pale The Great Net Handler took pity on her and moved her to a small 15 gallon tank. This friendly tank is currently occupied by four Guppy fry and 6 Corys. Almost immediately she brightened up and started displaying her colors.
Back in the 45 Gallon tank over the next little while That Guy defended his area ruthlessly, going up against invaders of the likes of Gouramis, Pictus and a common Pleco.
After a little more time The Great Net Handler figured he'd play matchmaker and move That Guy into the small 15 gallon tank with That Girl. After all, That Guy had matured quite a bit proving to himself that he could keep his perimeter safe from predators. Almost immediately they took to each other and have staked out an area on a sailboat bubbler as theirs. That Girl's belly swelled up a bright pink within a couple of days. Maybe those guppy fry will have some Ram fry soon to play with?
Back in the 45 Gallon enjoying the larger space, This Girl ended up laying a bunch of eggs in a hollow depression in the bogwood. Unfortunately all of the eggs were gone the next day. Maybe it was This Guy who ate them, or maybe just maybe the evil Pictus was up to no good after the sun went down.
Note: Names given to these fish by my little 2 1/2 year old boy.
04-02-2012, 03:16 AM #2
I've been having this exp. with my paired up Rams each week approx. They pair up, have eggs, guard them, and then they disappear. No wrigglers, no anything. Then a few hours later, my male will be chasing my female relentlessly. Seems to be a common thing.
Good luck to you. Was probably a good idea to move your female, so she could grow up a bit. Am considering doing this myself.
04-02-2012, 07:38 PM #3
lol...cute little story and love the names given to your Rams by your 2 1/2 year old son. Many of us have the same story as you do, just with different names. Here's hoping that eventually one of us can come back and report the same beginning but this time with a different ending. Something that ends with....too many baby Rams to name!
Better Luck next time for ALL of us!10 Gallon: Planted Red Cherry Shrimp
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04-14-2012, 05:08 AM #4Member Molly
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a couple of weeks later and that girl dropped some more eggs. Amidship on the sunken wreck. That guy figured he'd hang out close to those eggs and chase off those pestering guppy fry and corys.