Discussion regarding only South American Cichlid species. (Oscars, Geophagines, Discus, Apistogramma, Green Terrors, Angels, Severums, Pikes, etc.)
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:40 am
So heres the story. I bought 4 Tank bred German Blue Rams. 3 Female and 1 male. After a few days, they paired off, the female started laying eggs but male never fertilized. The male died after 2 weeks in my tank. The 3 females lived with each other and the one that was paired with the male laid eggs each week only to end up eating them all since there was no male around. 2 weeks ago I just bought 3 WILD caught MALE GBR. They are larger in size compared to the 3 females I have but the weird thing is NONE of them have paired up. Not only that but the female that use to lay eggs no longer does. So my questions are ...
1) Whats the deal? The 3 Wild caught males seem to hang out with each other while the females still hold their own territories.
2) Will they ever pair up? or do they just all have no sexual interest in one another?
3) Is it due to the fact that some are wild and some are tank bred?
Thanks in advance.
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:04 pm
If it's only been two weeks, I'd just give it time. The girls might be ready, but the new males need to adapt to their new environment. Once they do, then they'll go "lookin' for love". Good food will help that along; wilds might not be too keen to eat dry food, try some frozen, or better, live if you can get it.
Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:27 pm
2 weeks, are you kidding? Please be patient, they are not horny teenagers. Give them some time to adjust.
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:05 pm
tanker3 wrote:2 weeks, are you kidding? Please be patient, they are not horny teenagers. Give them some time to adjust.
LOL. But when I first brought home my 3 females and 1 male, they paired off and laid eggs within the first week. I just dont get why its taking these ones so long. Maybe it is cuz they are wild caught??
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:56 pm
Maybe. Wild caught fishes, may need time to adjust to the local water.
Tue May 02, 2017 9:33 pm
I also have a question about my blue rams also. I picked up two about 10 days ago. Brought them home and placed them into the 10g tank my wife's crayfish was in since it was empty after it passed away. I know a 10g is too small but I have a 20L down stairs I need to get set up and move them...
My question is, I thought I had two males because they both chased like my male Africans do but don't hurt each other. So I went back and picked up a new fat female with a bright pink belly. Guy said she was definitely a female. I brought her home and added her last Saturday. Now it's Tuesday and it appears one of the pre-existing was a female and they are laying eggs together. Both have their egg tubes extended and seem to take turns chasing the smaller male away from the eggs. Is it common for two females to lay eggs together and keep the male away? Should I re-home one of them or let them be?
I've only had african males so these lil guys are totally new to me. Thanks in advance for any help!
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