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post #21 of 25 Old 06-02-2010, 11:19 AM
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The only chance of getting most of the fry to survive to a size where they can fend for themselves is to have the pair in their own tank. In nature they can protect the fry better, because the water volume is significantly larger and other fish are not "in their face" constantly. In an aquarium, whatever the size, the other fish are too close at hand and will keep watch for the right opportunity even if the parents succeed for a time. Corys for instance are nocturnal, and the Ram is not. But even in daylight, the other fish will "gang up" and the parents simply cannot hold them off.

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post #22 of 25 Old 06-02-2010, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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yeah, I wasn't expecting them to survive, I don't have room right now to raise them anyways.
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post #23 of 25 Old 06-02-2010, 11:46 AM
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Sorry to hear about your Ram fry loss. That's fine after reading about the Bolivian Ram and the Electric Blue Ram. I decided I might get some in the future. Since they will be fine with my 1 Angelfish and my Harlenquen Rasboras tetras and Von Rio congo tetras. The only fish in my tank that is really active are my 2 recent Yo Yo Loaches I added. I added more Val to my tank and Cabomba and want that to grow more in my 55 gal. tank before getting 1 or 2 to provide seperation in the tank. I have 2 blk. plastic PVC 2" pipe in the back of my plants and under my uv/sterilizer/clarifier for hiding places for my fish.
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post #24 of 25 Old 06-09-2010, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Well, a little update, I've moved my mating pair and their most recent clutch of eggs into their new home for now. They're in a 20g amazonian blackwater tank. They're alone except for the snails, and hopefully they'll take a bite out of the pond snail population too.

If the eggs survive this time, I'm going to let them raise the fry in this tank until the fry are eating flake food, which should take about a month. Hopefully in that time, the parents will not lay another clutch, because I've heard that despite coddling their young, once they have another clutch, they may regard their previous offspring as predators.

If the eggs do not survive this move from one tank to another, I'll leave them in there for their next spawning.

They actually spawned 2 weeks after their first spawning... Which is incredible to me... I've read every 30-60 days.

Anyways, I'm rambling now, I'll let you know how things turn out. And I'll also give a discount to anyone from TFK who would like to buy fry once I've reared them successfully.

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post #25 of 25 Old 06-09-2010, 09:16 PM
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I can't wait to see pictures of these guys. This is all new to me and I loved looking at the pictures of your fish from earlier in this thread. They are really lovely. :)
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