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post #11 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 04:33 PM
you can't use 100% RO on a fish tank though >.>

If you need it or not depends entirely on your current water. If you have yet to successfully breed the rams I wouldn't even worry about raising the fry. I've bred rams in pretty crappy water so you should make sure you can get them to breed before investing in RO. Then you need all the fun live cultured fry foods for the GBR fry once you get to that point.

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post #12 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
the temp is 78 and there is all ready a full grow male in there and he is fine. The air is fine but I always here about ro and wonder about i... People often talk about them putting the ro in the fry tank. Would a net breeder work so all i have to do is move the fry

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1 Botia Straita
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post #13 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 09:47 PM
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Most fish who prefer soft acidic water will either not spawn, or their eggs will harden in hard water. If you can get your rams to spawn, hatch and survive without using RO water in your tank more power to you, but that is not an easy task. Hence why breeders use RO water

In my Pleco tank that I am trying to breed in I mix RO and tap water about 50/50 because my water is very hard.
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post #14 of 18 Old 12-20-2010, 11:20 PM
I doubt the fry could be raised w/o RO, but you can spawn the parents. I would do this first, like a test spawn, before investing in an RO. It is not an easy task to raise GBR fry. Spawning the parents is the first of many steps. Spawning is actually easier then the raising process. From what I have experience tank breed fish have absolutely no relation to their natural waters. A fish will spawn in the water it is raised in generally. I have spawned them in hard water with elevated nitrates unintentionally. Also just because you have a pair in a tank with perfect water does not mean they will spawn.

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post #15 of 18 Old 12-21-2010, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
I looked at the ram profile and I addded the part for breeding them. I asked out of curiosity and wanted rules of thumb and pointers. I am not the most experienced breeder but am succesful at it. the only problem is keeping the fry alive but mom let me set up ten gallon tank to put the tetras in and leave the rams to them selves... Also, should I get 1 2 or 3 females for my male I have been debating this... or should I get 1 more male and 3 females.

38 gallon :
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4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




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post #16 of 18 Old 12-21-2010, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
I have breed them before and was just wondering about ro and its purposes... I learned that tank bred fish do not learn how to take care of the fry imediatly the hard way.

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4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




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post #17 of 18 Old 12-21-2010, 01:16 PM
Well wild or tank bred cichlids have to learn how to care for their fry. If you currently have a breeding pair leave it like that. Adding any more is going to complicate things. Rams may not pair for life, but they do defiantly pair when breeding. Any other rams you have in the tank at the time will complicate this issue as they will be seen as a threat by the two that are currently breeding.

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post #18 of 18 Old 12-22-2010, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
thank you

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12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




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7 Ghost shrimp
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