I was wondering do I need to have peat moss, and a low PH for my rams to spawn? Also I have several males and females in a 40 gallon tank and the males will buck up to each other, Can they get killed? How long before they spawn after pairing up? i have my water at 82. My nitates are low, I have several different areas with flat rocks and caves, and also gravel if they want to go that route. The females have really intense pink bellies. They have only been paired up for about a week to week and a half. If i leave the babies in the tank if I get lucky will the parents or the other fish eat them?