German Blue Rams Kissing?

Discussion in 'Ram Cichlid' started by Laurengr, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. Laurengr

    Laurengr Valued Member Member

    Hey guys, woke up to see my GBR's kissing this morning and wasn't sure why?
    I have a male and a female so thought it's possibly just breeding behaviour but not sure, I've had them for maybe a bit over a month now with no eggs, but they are in a community tank. So do any of you know why they do this?
     
  2. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Do you have a photo of this occurring?
     
  3. OP
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    Laurengr

    Laurengr Valued Member Member

    Unfortunately didn't get one before I left the house, looks just as you'd guess really. They kind of hold there for a second and then swim apart again
     
  4. MikeRad89

    MikeRad89 Well Known Member Member

    It's "pre-spawning" behavior.
     
  5. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlack Fishlore VIP Member

    It's called lip locking, and it is a test of strength. It can be a preliminary to spawning, as they are seeing if the potential partner is strong enough to be worth raising babies with. Or they could be simply fighting.
     
  6. OP
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    Laurengr

    Laurengr Valued Member Member

    Okay thankyou! Guess I just have to hope that they're not just fighting then
     
  7. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlack Fishlore VIP Member

    If they are, lip[ locking is one of the "safe" contests. It's like human arm wrestling. Odds are, they are thinking of breeding, as MikeRad89 said.
     




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