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Male Bolivian Ram desperate for love

nuimom

Member
Aloha all, I have a male Bolivian Ram in a 40B planted community tank, he is the only Ram. He is now getting close to two years old, got him as a fry. I had tried pairing him with a few females but none seemed to make him happy lol. So he is alone and seemed content. BUT now this past few months he has startedi digging breeding pits and has started courting one of my Panda Cories, she ignors him, but he follows her and does all the breeding jestures at her. I now watch him frantically follow her while she is spawning with the group of male Pandas and he seems to think he is one of them lol. He darts around with them, but of course is dismissed.
I am wondering if anyone else has ever witnessed this strange behavior??????
I feel sad for him at times, but this tank is so settled and peaceful I really don't want to try more females for him.
He has his one true love, be it a Pands Cory ???
 

nuimom

Member
Aloha all, I have a male Bolivian Ram in a 40B planted community tank, he is the only Ram. He is now getting close to two years old, got him as a fry. I had tried pairing him with a few females but none seemed to make him happy lol. So he is alone and seemed content. BUT now this past few months he has startedi digging breeding pits and has started courting one of my Panda Cories, she ignors him, but he follows her and does all the breeding jestures at her. I now watch him frantically follow her while she is spawning with the group of male Pandas and he seems to think he is one of them lol. He darts around with them, but of course is dismissed.
I am wondering if anyone else has ever witnessed this strange behavior??????
I feel sad for him at times, but this tank is so settled and peaceful I really don't want to try more females for him.
He has his one true love, be it a Panda Cory ???
Update for the Bolivian Ram :) Ok, I recently introduced a 2 1/2 " Koi Angel to the tank. The Ram is now guarding the Panda cories as if they were his fry lol. The first few days in the tank he and the Angel kinda tested each other, they have worked out their relationship. The Angel was smart and saw that when the cories gathered and ate, he could swoop down and steal the food right out of their mouths. The Ram seemed ok with this the first few days, but is now chasing off the Angel if he gets to close. The Ram isn't eating with them so much as protecting them, he uses his body to kinda bump them closer. I know this isn't a normal behavior, as I have bred Rams and Apistos but found this very interesting to see how very strong their parenting instinct truly is.
I would love to know if anyone else has witnessed this before :)
 
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