Hi all...I have read that GBRs are both fairly easy and fairly difficult to keep. Being that the experiences have varied so greatly for a lot of people I decided to give it a go. I am not having any luck with them though. Here are my tanks parms, then the details of my experiences.
29G tank - moderately planted with a 65W CFL with a 6700K bulb
30% weekly water changes with dechlorinated tap water
4 Praecox Rainbows
2 Dwarf Gouramis
10 or so Ghost Shrimp
I have been cycled for about a month and started introducing the Rams 2 weeks ago. I bought 3 originally, and all died within a week, I thought it was due to the CAE I had in the tank (long story - also lost 2 Rainbows which looked like someone had taken and sucked their scales off of a spot on their body) which has since been removed. I figured that the CAE had essentially stressed the GBRs to death as it harassed EVERYTHING endlessly.
After removing the CAE, I purchased two more GBRs (appeared to be one female and one male) they are about an inch long for the smaller one (female) and 1.5 inches for the male. The male lasted 2 days and died, the female is still alive and seems to be doing well, but I am not hopeful she will last since I have not had luck so far. The male appeared to have his left eye popped out a bit, not sure if that was pre or post postmortem though =( (he did hide A LOT though, barely saw him for the first 24 hours, which was totally different then any other Rams that I have had in the tank).
They get fed frozen bloodworms, the rest of the tank gets flake or sinking pellets before I feed the worms. There are two rock caves in the tank, with driftwood hidey holes as well.
So after that long description. Any idea why the GBRs have died? Am I doing something wrong? I really want to have GBRs if I can, I am assuming that my water quality is fine since the otos are fine.