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post #1 of 14 Old 09-24-2011, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Curious about GBR behavior


I'm a bit worried. I've had my young GBR's now for about 2 months, maybe a bit more. This morning I noticed the male is just sitting in one spot, staring at a piece of drift wood. He's in the middle range of the tank, kind of lightly perched on the wood, and facing the wood. Last night they both came to the glass and ate. He doesn't do that today. I don't see any eggs he'd be guarding, and it's just strange. Has anyone seen this? Should I be worried? He is not gasping for breath, and his color is fine.

My water parameters are 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 5ppm nitrates. I keep the water temp at 83 degrees. Ph is 6.3-6.4

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-24-2011, 12:21 PM
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Not much you can do except observe. May or may not be indicative of a problem. BTW, the female guards the eggs and fry in this species, the male would defend the general area though sometimes the male tends to take no interest.

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Not much you can do except observe. May or may not be indicative of a problem. BTW, the female guards the eggs and fry in this species, the male would defend the general area though sometimes the male tends to take no interest.

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Thanks for that. Gone for the day to Santa Fe - came home and he seemed worse, sitting on the sand in the corner of the tank. I see he has poop hanging out, which may not be good. So, I put him in my 5 gal QT (finally have one). He's in with treatment of Metronidazole and Praziquantel. As best as I could find, this is a good treatment for what I was seeing, (sitting at bottom, lethergy). He didn't look so good when I first put him in, but he seems a bit better. I may lose him, which is such a drag. Cross your fingers! I figure if he's gonna die, he'll be dead by morning. Strange, how he'd get sick so fast. I never saw any of this coming, and I just did a water change yesterday. He seemed fine.

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He's dead. I wonder if I had set him up in the QT with meds in the morning, when I first saw this, if he would have survived. I don't think I'll replace him. I think I'll look into if the fish store will take the girl back for a small trade of something else. They cost $23.00 here in Abq, and I don't feel lucky enough to try another and lose that one. Very bummed.

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post #5 of 14 Old 09-25-2011, 09:17 AM
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Im sorry to hear about your loss. =[

I dont think you should give up on your rams though! Ive read through some of your posts about your rams and you seemed so excited to get them. Dont give up on them because of this one guy! :(

But wow, that is expensive for a ram, my LFS sells them here for 7.99 :O
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Sorry for the loss of your guy
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-25-2011, 10:16 AM
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Bummer. It's always such a drag to lose a fish.

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Thanks all. Maybe I will get another male, but if he doesn't "like" the female, he'll be chasing her, and the male I had was so good with her.

I woke up in the middle of the night, and remembered how last week, I bought a red cherry shrimp at Petco (bad I know). The guy said the shrimp would be fine with my GBR. I got home, but him in the tank, did reading on RCS, and saw that it was not good. By the time I went to take him out, he was gone - apparently eaten. So, I'm wondering if the shrimp had a parasite, and that's how the male got it and died. Thoughts on that?

Female is still doing great, but I do need to get her a mate. I miss my little guy, and feel bad that perhaps with the mistake of the shrimp from Petco, I killed the guy.

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post #9 of 14 Old 09-25-2011, 11:18 AM
Sorry to be another bummer but they for monogamous pairs, (I believe they only pair up with one mate) so you may need a whole new pair...And if you would ever like to raise the fry, good thing to have would be a sponge filter, it offers a lot of paramecium and such

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post #10 of 14 Old 09-25-2011, 11:28 AM
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Inverts don't pass disease to fish, and vice versa, so that didn't cause your fish to pass. If anything the RCS was nothing more than a nice meal for your fish.

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