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Hello, I recently relocated one of my three German Blue Rams(female) from my 20 gallon tank to my 10 gallon with a koi plakat Betta and an assassin snail, as the other two rams had formed a pair. Over the past week or so it's been fine, minimal aggression since the GBR stays near the bottom in the plants and the betta hangs out at the top of the tank. The worst aggression has gotten is really slow chasing a couple of times, but seeing as the GBR's a cichlid about the size of the betta if not larger, more agile, and indifferent to the betta's behavior, I don't see any major problems developing. Neither of them seem to be stressed, so I think everything's going fine.

But, just in case, I'd like some tips for keeping aggression as low as possible. My only idea right now is to add more tall plants to break up lines of sight, are there any other steps I could take to reduce general aggression?

Also, the times that there has been aggression or chasing it's always around feeding. The GBR isn't the quickest eater, and although the betta never ends up eating her food, so she hasn't been underfed, he still likes to hang out around her food and chase her a bit whenever I feed the GBR. What methods can I use to get the betta to leave the GBR's food alone?

Thanks :)

Pictures of tank, GBR, and betta included.
 

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First, lots more plants...at least 2x-3x as much as now...and give them time to adjust. Things may work out fine but they might not.

I have always fed the same things to all of the members of my Betta-based community tanks and fed at same time. I find frozen and live works better than pellets or flakes. When I feed I drop the food so it it widely dispersed all over the substrate so everyone has to graze.
 

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Yep, I've been trying to think of how to plant it given my low-tech low-light restrictions on this tank, not sure what plants I want that would get tall enough besides more anacharis. Also, frozen food seems like a good idea, and there's not fighting when I do feed it. However, I can't realistically feed that every day, should i just hope that more plants would block sight lines enough that the betta leaves the GBRs food alone?
 

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I was initially just going to add jungle val from my 20, but I'm so sick of that stuff covering the whole tank that I'm going to get some swords and anubias from my lfs right now and add them in during the water change today. Thanks for the help.
 

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Quick update. It's been a full two weeks since I added the ram to the tank, and there is still a small amount of chasing, but it is extremely rare and doesn't seem aggressive at all. In fact I don't think the betta would pay any attention to the ram if it weren't for the fact that the ram doesn't have any clear social awareness and occasionally swims circles around the betta and rubs against him (literally). I think this tank will work out fine. Neither look stressed. This GBR naturally has very poor coloration, but I can live with that given the beautiful pair I have in my 20 and her lively personality. Here are photos of (a) The tank with the new amazon sword and hygrophila, (b) betta with the GBR and (c) the GBR. Thanks for the help.
 

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