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Old 04-17-2014, 12:35 AM   #11
 
I laugh when people talk about trying to keep their tanks peaceful. I like massive tanks with big hyper-aggressive predators, a lot of my fish had to be maintained singly, I just seem to gravitate towards aggressive predators. And my next goal is a Jaguar cichlid in a 'different' kind of community.
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:37 AM   #12
 
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I laugh when people talk about trying to keep their tanks peaceful. I like massive tanks with big hyper-aggressive predators, a lot of my fish had to be maintained singly, I just seem to gravitate towards aggressive predators. And my next goal is a Jaguar cichlid in a 'different' kind of community.
I have enough issues with my bettas. Hence why I want to stay simple now. They always manage to find a way through the dividers no matter what and it drives me nuts. It's usually after they've almost healed back up. I also don't have big enough space for anyone aggressive for the most part. My biggest tank is the 40 breeder. And my main concern is breeding my show bettas, and now breeding and showing germans. I know cichlids stay smaller but I really still don't have room. And I don't want the headaches later if they eat my rams when they out grow them.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:01 PM   #13
 
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Cichlidsrule, I agree that many of the most beautiful cichlids (IMO) are nasty. But I can see your point. My viewpoint, however, is I have tanks to enjoy, and to me, fish chasing each other, trying to maim or kill each other isn't relaxing! And that's one of the main reasons I have tanks--to relax while watching the fish.

One of my new rams was dead this morning. I have no idea why. She was fine last night, in fact looking better than ever. Very active and eating out of my fingers, colored up beautifully. So you can imagine my shock! She was my favorite. I was devastated. I emailed the seller, and even though he only guarantees them at delivery, he offered to send me another female for shipping charges only. I'd had her over a week! So I was very impressed, and I hope I have better luck with the next one. My male, by the way, seems to be doing fine. But I've learned, after doing a lot of reading, that with GBRs, they can suddenly die for apparently no reason, and I'd been checking my parameters religiously, and they are perfect. Maybe a slight change in something when I did a water change? I use treated tap water, so it's possible. I'll probably never know. I do know that if they keep dying, I won't be replacing them. They are such entertaining, personable fish, and I grew attached very quickly. I can't keep going through this heartache.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:29 PM   #14
 
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I laugh when people talk about trying to keep their tanks peaceful. I like massive tanks with big hyper-aggressive predators, a lot of my fish had to be maintained singly, I just seem to gravitate towards aggressive predators. And my next goal is a Jaguar cichlid in a 'different' kind of community.

Boy, I think we are all dying to know names and see pics of these fish!
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:15 AM   #15
 
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Rackin I'm really sorry to hear that!! That's pretty much what happened with everyone but koyo. I think it's genetics. Who is your seller? I haven't completely decided who to get them from but I definitely want a bonded pair. I'm glad your seller is so nice!! Are you planning on breeding yours as well?
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Old 04-18-2014, 04:19 PM   #16
 
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Lucillia, I guess I can mention the name of the seller on this board. Its Yunite. He sells on both Aquabid and his website, GermanBlueRams.com. He's got an excellent reputation, breeds his own fish, and GBRs are the ONLY fish he breeds. No inbreeding either. He sells bonded pairs as well as single fish, or larger groups, whatever you want. And his prices are super reasonable. So is his shipping. Take a look at his site.
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:36 PM   #17
 
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If you look at my betta logs Yunite is the person I mentioned who I am planning to get a bonded pair from!! Yay!! I'm glad to hear from a forum member that they are awesome! Did you get a bonded pair or just two in general?
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:40 PM   #18
 
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Got a really nice picture of Koyo yesterday.. really wanted to share xD
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:57 PM   #19
 
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I did indeed get a bonded pair. But I put them in separate tanks as I was worried about aggression and the other fish.

WOW! Koyo is just stunning! My girl was almost that vivid in her coloring before I lost her. That is a totally awesome picture!

I really don't think you can go wrong with Yunite. When I got my fish, they were bright and chipper, and the color wasn't even faded much from shipping. They ate that very same night. I really believe it was something I did wrong, as I had her for 10 days. Probably a slight shift in tank chemistry during a water change or something. It doesn't take much, as you know.

I think Koyo is probably one of the most attractive GBRs I've ever seen, and I mean that.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:43 PM   #20
 
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Thank you Rackin!!!! She was very pale and stressed when I got her. Unfortunately the male died but she started coloring up slowly. Koyo is the best fish I think I've ever had. She makes me laugh all the time and she's very spunky. I'm very happy and lucky to have her. I've definitely decided that the females are much prettier than the males, which fascinates me because it's usually the opposite case in nature.
Just based on your experience decided my purchase. I just ordered my pair last night!! They will be here hopefully on wednesday!! Yunite was very quick to respond yet again to me! I'm very impressed so far with them!
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