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post #1 of 15 Old 03-28-2012, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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I've had a 10 gallon tank running for a year now which is cycled. I have an up to 20 gallon filter in there, with a heater (77-78 degrees). I have 3 snails, 2 ghost shrimp, 2 amano shrimp, 1 bamboo shrimp, 1 freshwater flounder, and 1 german blue ram. I don't plan on getting anymore fish or anything else. I just got the flounder 3 weeks ago, and the german blue ram about 5 days ago. I have a cave, some rocks, gravel substrate, and 3 fake plants. I've had all of the shrimps for about 8 months now.

My boyfriend picked up the german blue ram from the local fish store because he liked it, and the fish guy said 10 gallons would be fine and they do fine even if they're the only german blue ram in the tank. Well, I've been researching, and it says that they should be in at least a 20 gallon tank. However, he seems to be doing just fine. He is the only fish we have, besides the flounder, but the flounder just stays sucked on the side of the walls all the time.

I've always had 0 ammonia & 0 nitrite. I usually check it every 2 weeks. I do a 2 gallon water change each week while cleaning the gravel with my gravel rack. Today when I went to the fish store he checked ammonia and it was 0, PH was 7.2, He said my water was soft, nitrates 5, and I had a reading of .25 on my nitrites! I haven't had a reading on my nitrites since my tank was cycling which was a year ago, so I'm confused. When I get home, I'm going to do a 20% water change and use prime which I always use to treat my tap water.

Before I got the german blue ram, I was adding aquarium salt. I did a water change the night before we got him, so there is still some salt in the water right now, but eventually it will be all diluted out. I read that they don't prefer salt. Will the freshwater flounder, snails, and shrimp still do OK without salt?

I just want some opinions/advice on everything. Thank you! I appreciate it! I putting some pics up of my tank later :) thanks everyone
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Hello everyone,

I've had a 10 gallon tank running for a year now which is cycled. I have an up to 20 gallon filter in there, with a heater (77-78 degrees). I have 3 snails, 2 ghost shrimp, 2 amano shrimp, 1 bamboo shrimp, 1 freshwater flounder, and 1 german blue ram. I don't plan on getting anymore fish or anything else. I just got the flounder 3 weeks ago, and the german blue ram about 5 days ago. I have a cave, some rocks, gravel substrate, and 3 fake plants. I've had all of the shrimps for about 8 months now.

My boyfriend picked up the german blue ram from the local fish store because he liked it, and the fish guy said 10 gallons would be fine and they do fine even if they're the only german blue ram in the tank. Well, I've been researching, and it says that they should be in at least a 20 gallon tank. However, he seems to be doing just fine. He is the only fish we have, besides the flounder, but the flounder just stays sucked on the side of the walls all the time.

I've always had 0 ammonia & 0 nitrite. I usually check it every 2 weeks. I do a 2 gallon water change each week while cleaning the gravel with my gravel rack. Today when I went to the fish store he checked ammonia and it was 0, PH was 7.2, He said my water was soft, nitrates 5, and I had a reading of .25 on my nitrites! I haven't had a reading on my nitrites since my tank was cycling which was a year ago, so I'm confused. When I get home, I'm going to do a 20% water change and use prime which I always use to treat my tap water.

Before I got the german blue ram, I was adding aquarium salt. I did a water change the night before we got him, so there is still some salt in the water right now, but eventually it will be all diluted out. I read that they don't prefer salt. Will the freshwater flounder, snails, and shrimp still do OK without salt?

I just want some opinions/advice on everything. Thank you! I appreciate it! I putting some pics up of my tank later :) thanks everyone
German Rams are sensitive fish, so if you have nitrites, you'd be seeing some effect of that, on the fish, such as stress or death. Some of the test kits are less reliable than others. What is the test kit being used?
I don't see why you'd have nitrites either if your tank is cycled. I will say, I agree a 10 gal is not a suitable size for the fish you have. I've not heard of any freshwater fish and shrimp who need salt, so I don't know why you'd think they need that. You will not be able to keep that German Ram alive in water that has salt, so for the sake of all your fish, get rid of that, it's not necessary.

German Rams can probably live alone, but are much better off as a male/female pair. Don't do that, however in the tank you have. Finding a mated pair is another issue.

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German Rams are sensitive fish, so if you have nitrites, you'd be seeing some effect of that, on the fish, such as stress or death. Some of the test kits are less reliable than others. What is the test kit being used?
I don't see why you'd have nitrites either if your tank is cycled. I will say, I agree a 10 gal is not a suitable size for the fish you have. I've not heard of any freshwater fish and shrimp who need salt, so I don't know why you'd think they need that. You will not be able to keep that German Ram alive in water that has salt, so for the sake of all your fish, get rid of that, it's not necessary.

German Rams can probably live alone, but are much better off as a male/female pair. Don't do that, however in the tank you have. Finding a mated pair is another issue.

Gwen

Well I'm doing a 2 gallon water change tonight when I get home. I use the API Master Test Kit. Should I take back the fish? The freshwater flounder is ok in there right? Maybe I will get a betta
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I agree with Gwen on the ram and tank size, but having said that, if you really like the fish, and it is solitary, fine. A 20g would be minimum for a pair, that is quite a different thing.

Freshwater Flounder. This may be trouble. I do not know this fish, but I have read that it attains 6 inches and should be in brackish water. You might consider returning this fish, as it is not going to do well in a 10g freshwater.

Nitrites. This could be due to the intro of the two fish. You don't mention live plants; if you had these, you should never see ammonia or nitrite. But without, adding fish will increase ammonia and then nitrite, so that might be the source. Another possible is your tap water. Another member suddenly had nitrite in her tap water without warning, so this is possible; test the tap water for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate just so you know. Prime detoxifies nitrite but it will still show in tests as "nitrite" and Prime is effective for up to 48 hours.

Live plants will benefit not only this but the ram too, especially floating plants which are easy to maintain. I strongly recommend them.

Byron.

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Well I'm doing a 2 gallon water change tonight when I get home. I use the API Master Test Kit. Should I take back the fish? The freshwater flounder is ok in there right? Maybe I will get a betta

I have no idea what a freshwater flounder is. I thought flounder was a type of fish that is normally eaten I'm assuming it's a catfish type of fish? If you are not up for a more difficult fish to keep, that must have water parameters that are stable and good, such as low ph (even 7.4 is a bit high for a German Ram) and always 0 ammonia, 0 nitrates and very low nitrates, than you should take him back. I have German Rams, and I'm having pretty good luck with them, but they are not hardy fish, and many people do have trouble keeping them alive for any period of time.

Keep me posted on what you decide to do. :)

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I have no idea what a freshwater flounder is. I thought flounder was a type of fish that is normally eaten I'm assuming it's a catfish type of fish? If you are not up for a more difficult fish to keep, that must have water parameters that are stable and good, such as low ph (even 7.4 is a bit high for a German Ram) and always 0 ammonia, 0 nitrates and very low nitrates, than you should take him back. I have German Rams, and I'm having pretty good luck with them, but they are not hardy fish, and many people do have trouble keeping them alive for any period of time.

Keep me posted on what you decide to do. :)

Gwen
I just tested my ammonia, p.h, nitrite, and nitrate. These are the readings:

0 ammonia
0 nitrite
7.2 ph
5 nitrate

I think I'm going to keep the ram and see how he does. He seems happy, swimming around, and eating.
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I agree with Gwen on the ram and tank size, but having said that, if you really like the fish, and it is solitary, fine. A 20g would be minimum for a pair, that is quite a different thing.

Freshwater Flounder. This may be trouble. I do not know this fish, but I have read that it attains 6 inches and should be in brackish water. You might consider returning this fish, as it is not going to do well in a 10g freshwater.

Nitrites. This could be due to the intro of the two fish. You don't mention live plants; if you had these, you should never see ammonia or nitrite. But without, adding fish will increase ammonia and then nitrite, so that might be the source. Another possible is your tap water. Another member suddenly had nitrite in her tap water without warning, so this is possible; test the tap water for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate just so you know. Prime detoxifies nitrite but it will still show in tests as "nitrite" and Prime is effective for up to 48 hours.

Live plants will benefit not only this but the ram too, especially floating plants which are easy to maintain. I strongly recommend them.

Byron.
I just checked all the parameters and they were 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 5 nitrate, and 7.2 ph. The ram seems happy and so does the flounder. I checked the tap water and there was no ammonia or nitrite so that's good :) What kind of floating plants would be good?
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I just checked all the parameters and they were 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 5 nitrate, and 7.2 ph. The ram seems happy and so does the flounder. I checked the tap water and there was no ammonia or nitrite so that's good :) What kind of floating plants would be good?
Those test results suggest it was just adding the new fish.

Water Sprite is my favourite floating plant. Some stem plants will do fine floating too. Green Cabomba, Brazilian Pennywort.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Your ram looks like she is pretty shy and not comfortable. Over time they do associate you with feeding, and can become quiet friendly at the glass when they see you. Be careful not to over feed, however. I saw a ghost shrimp eating a blood worm, but not the fish. Is she eating ok?

I see that Petsmart is carrying German Rams now. Is that were you got her?

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