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  1. Default Normal Bolivian Ram Behaviour?

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    Today I stocked my fully cycled 20 gallon high with 20 red cherry shrimp, 8 cardinal tetra and 1 bolivian ram. All my parameters check out ammonia is 0 ppm, nitrIte is 0 ppm and nitrAte is around 10 ppm with pH at 8.

    I used the drip acclimation for about an hour on all of my species, the cardinal tetra are active and swimming around/ schooling, the red cherry shrimp too are very active and foraging around cleaning up my decor.

    The bolivian ram however is sitting on the bottom, he has been moving around a bit but isn't overly active. Earlier today I saw the ram going after some RCS rating to eat them though he didn't manage to catch any of them. I am just wondering if it is normal for bolivian rams to seem almost lethargic as they get used to their surroundings in a new tank. He was very active at the store for some more info

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    Matt this is not the best answer but could be stressed from trip and not yet settled in to new home. How is the color on him, if dull a little stressed.
    Fishes go "pook pook"
    my spell check went on vaction.
    my Mts storie:

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    It was really dull after the trip but bright at the store! His color is slowly coming back

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    i am thinkinh stress from move. My gbrs were stressed when introduced to the tank but in day day or two looked better and more active. I did wcs on all my tanks to night and my red phamtom tetras stress out every time and get pale of a hour or two. Than back to normal.
    Fishes go "pook pook"
    my spell check went on vaction.
    my Mts storie:

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    Okay so no need to worry yet then! If not active in a few days something may be wrong?

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    Cichlids form territories, so any change of location will stress them out more so than other fish. When I got my bolivian rams and when I relocate them, they always hide for the first day but usually begin exploring by the second, although they still will be nervous for several weeks.

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    Yeah, most new fish take time. My silver hatchets took a week before they would come out in the open. You just have to monitor them carefully to make sure they are improving instead of regressing in health.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    Okay awesome thanks guys! I figured he was just shy right now but wants to make sure!

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    should be fine.. however... gonna make snacks outta those shrimp

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    He's been trying haha. There are lots of hiding spots though so I'm hoping they reproduce faster than they get eaten

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