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Old 04-13-2014, 09:21 PM   #1
 
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Talking German Blue Rams

I've found conflicting advice on these adorable little buggers, and I'm hoping to get some more concrete advice on here from people who have actually kept them.

I currently have one female Ram in my 20L. I'm waiting for my 40 to cycle and mature before changing her over. How ever.... I would really like to have a breeding pair. I've absolutely fallen in love with this fish.

So far what I have gathered that is the same across the board,
-South American
-Temp of 80-84
-Low pH
-30 gallons min.
-Small water changes weekly are better than larger bi-weekly

Now my questions are... Is my tank appropriate?
My parameters are the same for all of my tanks.

Nitrate - 15ppm
Nitrite - 0
Ammonia - 0
Hardness - 75
Alkalinity - 0
pH - 6.0-6.2

I use Aqua Clear's for all of my tanks; my ten and twenty have an AquaClear 20 and the 40 breeder has an AquaClear 70.

All of my tanks are pretty densely planted, I'm working on changing up the types as well. Mainly its Anubias nana and Hygrophila corymbosa and wisteria. I'm going to be getting variation I promise XD


I have a few ornaments but I'm trying to get better info on what the Rams like. I've heard flat stones are best for breeding.

In general I'm looking for the best advice I can get with them.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:14 AM   #2
 
Your tank sound ideal for them, yes they do like soft water which u have, and flat pieces of slate around 5" in diameter should be good for breeding. I say go ahead.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:16 AM   #3
 
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I'm just confused as to why I've only been able to keep one alive. She's gorgeous too. But the rest always die in my qt or I think she bullies them. I've tried rearranging the tank when I put them in too but I don't think it works on her.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:08 AM   #4
 
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This is my lone one Ram. She has colored up quite a bit since I got her about a week ago.

She is the one to the right as the male didn't make it...





I love her ventral fins quite a lot. They make me think of autumn leaves XD
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:50 PM   #5
 
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She looks exactly like my little girl that I also got a week ago! Aren't they delightful fish? I never knew they had so much personality! My PH is 7.6, but mine are doing very well. I do a 30% once a week, and about a 15-20% change mid-week, since they like pristine water. I don't vacuum on the second change, though. I got a male at the same time but they are in separate tanks. I hear they can be very nasty when breeding, and I don't want them killing the other little fish I have in the tanks. They were sold to be as a bonded pair, and I hope they aren't missing each other!
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:56 PM   #6
 
As to why they died lucillia, most rams nowadays dont have very strong genetics as a result of massive inbreeding, and unfortunately it is all to common that they die for seemingly no reason.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:59 PM   #7
 
RackinRocky, the rams wont be nasty to your other fish, they will chase them away if they get to close to their eggs, but it wont be serious and your other fish will soon learn to stay away from their spawn site. If you think they are nasty, try dovii's or jags-they are KILLERS when breeding. (and when they are not)
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:10 PM   #8
 
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RackinRocky, the rams wont be nasty to your other fish, they will chase them away if they get to close to their eggs, but it wont be serious and your other fish will soon learn to stay away from their spawn site. If you think they are nasty, try dovii's or jags-they are KILLERS when breeding. (and when they are not)

Haha.. I might be getting a pair of Dovii with my bf. Those fish will chase your kids if they get near the tank lol. Mean feeeshies .
However some rams can be nasty when breeding . I've had my pair bully a 3rd till I had to get rid of it .. In a 55g so it wasn't lack of space . They're ok now but still don't take well to certain fish.


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Old 04-16-2014, 09:36 PM   #9
 
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And that's precisely why mine are not together! With my luck, they would be especially nasty. And the tank they would be in is only 20 gallons, so not a lot of space for other fish to retreat.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:18 PM   #10
 
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Oh geez... No I'll stick to rams. These will be my most 'agressive' fish besides my bettas. And I like my community tanks so I'll keep everything peaceful. I am going to be getting a pair of 'bonded' rams soon hopefully. They'll be coming from the Aquabid seller Yunite more than likely. But in general I'm trying to take as many steps as I can to make it perfect for them.
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