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Do female rams lay eggs without males?

Discussion in 'New World Cichlids' started by Tiz, May 10, 2019.

  1. Tiz

    Tiz New Member

    May 10, 2019
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    I am fairly certain i have two female blue rams. They act as a pair, both laying eggs and tending to them..im pretty sure ive seen both of them lay eggs. They both have dropped tubes, i cant find any info if a male displays a tube as well though.

    Do you think this is maybe a m/f pair and i just have it wrong? Or could two females act as a pair and both lay eggs?
    Eggs have been clearish/white and usually get eaten after a day or two
  2. Byron

    Byron Member

    Feb 25, 2009
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    I have not heard of either Mikrogeophagus species (the common blue ram and the Bolivian Ram) laying eggs with only female(s) present, but it may be possible. Both fish have a spawning tube; the females is thicker so eggs can pass through, while the male's is thinner. The interaction of the two fish is usually a better indication of gender than any external patterns/colour unless the fish are a pair in spawning mode.

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