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Mixing Rams of same sex


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I have 2 German Rams (initially bought as a pair, but turns out to be both female!) who get on great and swim around together.
Also have a Male Apisto, and male Fire Red Agasizzi.

Can I add compatibility wise, an Electric Blue ram to the mix, if also female? Will she likely form a trio with the other 2 rams or could it cause a bit of upset, and not worth risking the social pairing?


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5 Year Member
Wake Forest NC, USA
Hard to predict. Cichlid social dynamics are complex, and individual personalities and behaviors vary. Adding another female is probably safer than adding a male, but be prepared to intervene if necessary (move somebody to another tank). Also, a temporary divider sometimes helps them get used to the sight and smell of a new fish, and hopefully reduces the urge to fight the new intruder.


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Thanks decided to keep the happy environment I have , and just add more dithers / cardinals !

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I see that The Wet Spot Tropical Fish currently has the fire red A. agassizi you are looking for. Here is the link:
I've always had good experiences buying from them on line.
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