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I have two bolivian rams and a blue ram in my 55 gallon community. We have a smaller tank that's about to get taken down and re-done which currently houses 6 pygmy corydoras. I would like to move them to the 55 gallon tank, but I'm not sure if they will end up as food for the rams or not. Also currently in the tank are 3 platies, two dwarf gouramis and a BN pleco.
 

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A general rule for semi-aggressive fish is that if it fits in their mouth, they will eat it eventually

I think B. Rams are generally peaceful fish, dunno about GBR..
 

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Most fish know that the barbels on a catfish are deadly so they rarely get eaten. That doesn't mean they won't get pushed away or otherwise told go get lost, but generally it's the predator that comes out on the losing end of the transaction. Bolivians are pretty peaceful I notice, from the 7 I have. The GBR I can't speak for because no experience.
 

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I've had my GBR with panda cories and neon tetras for several months and she has yet to eat any of them. But if you had a fairly aggressive male I could see that being the case. Or if you have a spawning pair I've heard the male will be territorial to everything in the tank, even snails on the glass near the fry he will smack off with his tail! So it totally depends on your GBR.
 

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As for the fish ram eating the cory i wouldn't think that would happen, mabey some pushing around and such but i dont think it will get eaten. It sort of seems like Cories as well as Plecos get a sort of respect from the other fish that most dont recieve themselves
 

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Rams aren't piscivores. They won't eat a smaller fish unless it's like, really small. Cories or any kind should be fine with non-breeding rams. A pair that's got eggs or fry, though, will harass the cories that don't stay out of their territory. In a 55, there's room for everyone. Usually (cichlids... will be cichlids, no matter how small they are).
 

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I have a bunch of pygmies in a tank with a bolivian ram and other small cichlids and he they don't get picked on at all. I understand your concern because pygmy cories are TINY! But everyone ignores them, and the cories have no fear of anything.
 

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Any fish that doesn't eat guppy fry is defying logic....
 

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I can't speak for GBR's, but Bolivians are pretty daft when it comes to eating habits.

Anyone that's dropped some thawed out frozen brine shrimp into a community tank can relate. The BR's depth perception or something must be terrible, because they have to have the pieces float in front of their face to manage to see any of it (they know it's feeding time based on their excitement level, they just don't know where the food is). Everyone else in the tank will voraciously grab everything floating down while the Rams look on like dopes, and only when a piece floats in front of their face will they see it. They're good at eating off the substrate at least.

With that said, I'd love to see a Ram go after a fry just for the comedy factor. I'd probably feel comfortable putting RCS in with them if they didn't sit on the substrate most of the time.

My shoal of Panda's share a rock cave with one of my Bolivian males. He basically treats them like they don't exist. Stock away!
 

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No way on the GBR, can't speak for the Bolivians, but I've never witnessed an attack on any fish by a GBR other than a competing male in which case it's only to chase the smaller one away not eat it.

I keep 14 GBR's in a community planted 55g.
 

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I'll add as a side note that although kribensis are similar in size and temperament to BRs, I have had kribs put pygmy cories in their mouth while they chase them away. So, be careful with kribs...
 
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