12-27-2011, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Stores do make up common names in order to make a fish more attractive to buyers.
I did a quick search and apparently this is either another name for the so-called Balloon Ram, or it may be yet another hybrid along similar lines as the Balloon Ram. I would avoid this fish.
The Balloon Ram, or any form that may have been subsequently developed, is a common blue ram that has been bred (originally in the Far East) with a genetic defect. Some suggest these are hardier than the natural species, but according to my friend Matt Ford who is a biologist, they have been known to suffer swimbladder and digestive problems due to the cramped body shape and its affect on the internal organs. Serious hobbyists should never purchase fish strains that have been developed in this manner, as it encourages further experimentation to produce even more radically-altered fish.
Ahhh ok. I will see about special ordering the true Bolivian Rams then, and hope they pair. If not maybe I can just give the female back, I'll talk to the store owner about that.
And when I was younger we used to get the balloon mollies, we always thought they were a different type. I'm always sure not to buy those types of fish like altered/dyed, tattooed ones. They even tattooed the Balloon mollies they sold!