Just thought I'd mention my male Bolivian Ram displayed something quite awesome last night, not once, but twice.
I've seen him taking wigglers from one pit to another plenty of times, whereas his current mate doesn't do anything to help other than look on perplexed (first time spawn, I'm sure she'll cotton on to it all with practise).
Tonight I needed to replant a couple of stem plants that had been uprooted by their pit building and substrate rescaping. As I started the process I saw the male gather up every single one in his mouth in one go and keep them there until I'd left the tank and it had all settled down again when he dispatched them back into the original pit.
Then again later, I dropped some food in the tank and I usually try to do it away from them to ensure the fish steer clear when feeding, only this time some of the sinking pellets ended up right by the nest. Once more he gathered the brood in his mouth and patrolled around with them in there for five or ten minutes, then spat them back out again into the pit when all feeding excitement had ended.
I rescued some of the young from the tank a day or so later, just a handful, about nine or ten.
For a long time I could barely see them in the spare 60l tank but I kept on feeding them brine shrimp and eventually a couple of weeks later I was sure five had survived, this is more than I was expecting or hoping, I wanted one to go back to the main tank eventually. How wrong I was, as of last night I positively identified nine surviving ram young in there. They've grown so much in a month, quicker than the last lot. I'll grab some pictures soon, they've been so skittish up to now, but they're gaining more confidence with each day that passes.
Even as a group of tiny rams they're already displaying interesting behaviour as they bicker amongst themselves. It is great to see their little personalities at work.