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post #11 of 14 Old 11-13-2011, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
Thelocal dealers out here seem to have only Blue rams...are they significantly harder to keep than Bolivian rams? If not, I might just get 2 (male-female pair) of blue rams instead. Please comment.
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-13-2011, 02:38 PM
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I do not think they are any harder to care for than the bolivian the only thing that I see that makes them any more diffulcult is that they require no less than 82 degrees which makes it more diffulcult to find suitable tank mates.

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post #13 of 14 Old 11-13-2011, 03:57 PM
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They are also basically intolerant of water issues. While wild-caught common ram will only last in very soft and acidic water, the tank-raised only seem to last in water very close to that in which they were raised. And temp is a big issue as Amanda mentioned; below 82F they will not be at their best. They have a life span of about 4 years, but seldom last beyond 1-2 because of the water issues. Bolivian are more adaptable with respect to initial parameters, though they do not do well in unstable water.

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post #14 of 14 Old 11-13-2011, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
Thanks guys !
Our local Petco dealer suggested we look for a different fish as well. She says that that the rams will gobble up my neon tetras when the rams get bigger (Bolivian or Blue).
We decided to get some corycats instead.
Also, since the surviving male honey gourami looks to be healthy, I think I'll wait to get a show fish for my 55 gallon. I might get a betta if the honey gourami kicks the bucket.
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