Juggling needs of the fish vs. aesthetic of the tank
Been thinking about something lately and and figured I'm probably not the only one who has run into this.
Background, I rescaped my tank several weeks go and was very happy with how it looked, added in driftwood and liked the balance and composition of it. Things have gone fairly well after that, plants growing nicely, I've just got vallisneria, crypts and java fern so nothing tricky to manage or anything. It's a low tech tank.
Anyway just over a week ago I added 4 german blue rams to the tank, 2 males and 2 females. They seem to be settling in well, at the front of the glass begging for food when I get home from work and very active and beautiful.
However two days ago it became obvious that one set of male/female had paired off, oviposter sticking out on on the female, her belly going a bright pink, male very flashy colour wise and the pair of them getting very protective over an area of the tank chasing all fish away. Basically I think they're thinking about spawning.
Unfortunately the other female hasn't paired with the other male, he has his territory as well and chases her away viciously whenever he sees her, and the pair also chase her away so she's kind of stuck in the middle, loosing her colour and even has a small wound on her side from a bite.
The tank is 40" by 16" footprint so there should be enough territory for the four of them.
Anyway to help her out I've put in a few more rocks and decorations I had lying around to break up lines of sight more and I think it's definitely helped her, but now the visual balance of the tank is off.
The fish are alive so they come first and I'm hoping my lone female will heal up without problems and get her mojo back but it's annoying to have the extra stuff in the tank now
I think a longer term solution is to just plant it more heavily but I doubt I'm the only one who's run into this type of problem. Heh.. I guess that's why the most carefully aquascaped tanks tend to just have very peaceful fish.