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post #1 of 18 Old 12-19-2010, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
How to acquire RO water

Hi I am wondering how to get RO and if the Ro producers are expensive... I absolutely no clue about RO any thing is helpful... How crucial is Ro for ram fry and and when the fry are free swimming do you need to to suply a large amount of air to them?

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post #2 of 18 Old 12-19-2010, 11:12 PM
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You have German Blue Rams, right? If you are adjusting any kind of water chemisty with GBR, you have to be very careful to do it slowly. They are highly sensitive to any kind of change.

As far as RO, I would like to know myself, but right now I couldn't explain it.

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post #3 of 18 Old 12-19-2010, 11:37 PM
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You can either buy an RO device that will remove minerals in your tap water or supermarkets generally have distilled water dispensers where you bring your own jug and pay to fill it up.


The price of a home RO unit will vary greatly depending on your needs. First off you need to know how many gallons of water you need, the units are rated at how many gallons they can produce in a day. Then there are other things to consider like how many stages of filtration you want, overall build quality, ect.

They generally range from $125 - $300+ usd. In the long term they are nice and from what I understand create purer water than distilled.

I don't know about your fry, sorry.
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post #4 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 02:54 PM
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If you have a decent LFS they probably sell RO water.
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post #5 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 03:08 PM
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Other than quality, is distilled and RO water pretty much the same?

BTW, I have never seen a fish store that sells RO water, although I have heard of such fish stores.

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Zachary the Halfmoon Plakat

CichlidHaven - 55g (under construction!)
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1.0.1 Convict Cichlid
0.1.0 Firemouth Cichlid

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post #6 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 03:15 PM
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Distilled and RO water are basically the same. As far a fish stores selling RO water goes, if they have saltwater tanks they sell RO water. Some stores with only fresh water tanks don't, but once they sell saltwater they have to have an RO unit and are probably happy to make a little money off it. My LFS sells it for about 1/2 the price of distilled around here.
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post #7 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
So if I were to breed them should I buy distilled water for a separate tank for the fry or am I ok.

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
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7 Ghost shrimp
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post #8 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 03:53 PM
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I'm no breeding expert, but switching them from a main tank to one with different water parameters will probably shock them and be as bad as leaving them in the main tank. I would suggest using RO water in your Ram tank so they hatch into more tolerable water.
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post #9 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
would two rams be ok in a 10 gallon until the babys are swimming?

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #10 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 04:02 PM
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The adults shoud live in soft water also. What tempreture is the tank? I have never bred Rams, or researched keeping the fry, but I don't think air should be an issue (like how much oxygen is in the water?). GBR will live in water upto 88*F (I don't recommend the temp this high!), so in a well filtered tank, I would assume the oxygen level is fine (as oxygen dissolves faster in warmer water).

You might want to google something like "breeding blue rams" and see what you can find. You can try the Profile on Tropical Fish Keeping's very own Fish Profiles (Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) Profile).

I agree with Lorax84, it isn't a good idea for any fish old or young (especially GBR) to have their parameters changed quickly. It also isn't a great idea to breed fish or grow young fry in water parameters other than prefered.

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CichlidHaven - 55g (under construction!)
0.0.7 Black Widow Tetra
1.0.1 Convict Cichlid
0.1.0 Firemouth Cichlid

HermitBase - 10g
Zephus & Monoculus the Purple Pinchers (Coenobita clypeatus)

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