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Old 05-04-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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Bolivian or German Blue Rams

Can't make my mind up. Has anyone had both? Which is a better community fish?
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:48 PM   #2
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I have bolivians. They are hardier than gbrs, but still, neither should be added to a new tank. As for aggression, they are still cichlids so some chasing is expected, especially during breeding. I have no experience with gbr but both will fit in nicely with community fish.
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I have bolivians. They are hardier than gbrs, but still, neither should be added to a new tank. As for aggression, they are still cichlids so some chasing is expected, especially during breeding. I have no experience with gbr but both will fit in nicely with community fish.
I have a well established 29g tank with

5 balloon red eye tetras
3 peppered corys
1 emerald Cory
1 guppy
1 bristlenose pleco

So if I add either should I get 1 male 1 female or male male
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I'd get GBRs. Just a prettier fish IMO although they are very similar.
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I have a well established 29g tank with

5 balloon red eye tetras
3 peppered corys
1 emerald Cory
1 guppy
1 bristlenose pleco

So if I add either should I get 1 male 1 female or male male
It really depends. A blue male and female might not pair so that could mean death for the female if the male stresses her out. Two males is asking for trouble because they will battle for dominance. I think two females is the safest. Blue Rams are tough so if your tank is not perfect and I mean perfectly balanced with nitrates around 10 ppm or less they will not adapt. Ph should also be around neutral or lower. Just be aware blues can be difficult but Bolivians are hardier as mentioned
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I have bolivians. They are hardier than gbrs, but still, neither should be added to a new tank. As for aggression, they are still cichlids so some chasing is expected, especially during breeding. I have no experience with gbr but both will fit in nicely with community fish.
If I do Bolivians would a pair be better than solo? If so, male male or male female or female female?
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I had GBRs before..I think they are better looking imo like others stated. They are also alot more hardy than some think too. You could try and get a pair..otherwise maybe just get one male or one female..and add some other fish (more guppies?) instead if you're worried about aggression at all.
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I tried GBRs so many times. I tries having 2, 4, 1 in a 40b and they just keep dying or killing each other. I must have bought 8 or 10 of them and they never lasted. I then when to a pair of Bolivian rams and I've had the same pair for close to a year and a half. They are super friendly IMO and they get bigger then GBRs. Definitely give the Bolivians a shot, they are awesome fish
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You could try one of each. Your tank has the room for it, and they should get along fine.
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If I do Bolivians would a pair be better than solo? If so, male male or male female or female female?
I have a pair of Bolivians. I say "a pair" but they don't seem like they have quite taken to the idea of pairing up together. They have been fine with the live bearers I have. But there has been some aggression toward each other. It hasn't been over the top and, since we've had them a short time, it could very likely be the female sizing up the male with the lip locking happening. But so far the tank is relatively peaceful. If you could find a pair that we're already matched, that would probably be great, but it may be hard to do that.
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