I used to have rams until a few months ago, I had three female golden rams and one regular blue female ram. I was planning on trying to pair them, and bought a gorgeous full grown male to place with them. The girls did not like this, and pestered him until he was too afraid to eat and eventually died :/ I never thought the females could be so aggressive... or were they just desperate?? Have any of you ever had overly aggressive females?
Are you sure you did not have a male within that group you thought were all females?
I was completely sure they were females, they even had the typical pinkish bellies, the shimmering speckles where the black spot would be on a regular ram (I shone a flashlight on them at night to see), and the round bodies, they were also long finned rams though, so I couldn't really rely on that for identification. But they were also pale and almost white- even when they did color up they were light.
Yeah, I remember how ridiculously aggressive my convict cichlids had been with each other, so territorial issues could have been the problem.
The tank was a decent size, 55 gallons, and I used to have rocks in it- carefully placed enough to make hiding places. I've since taken those out, and have replaced the gravel with sand. The gravel had been lava rock, and I realized it was making my PH and water hardness stay too high for rams.
I've been wanting to restart on rams, so I've been looking around for more info on what I could have done wrong.
The driftwood looks positively natural and lovely- I've definitely been considering it lately, and the more plants, the merrier! Thanks for the input, and hopefully if I do things right this time, I'll add pictures of my new rams here!