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post #11 of 14 Old 10-04-2009, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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hello Nico and welcome. :)
could you let us know a few more things please........
how long has your tank been set up for.
who is in there with him.
what temperature is the tank.
what dechlorinator do you use on water change day.
how often do you preform water changes
what size is the tank.
any bog wood in the tank.
any carbon in the filter.
what exactly are the water results for Amonia,nitrAte,nitrIte.
i know lots of questions,however,please if you can answer them,it may give us a clue
as to why you are also having trouble.
where abouts are you(if you don't mind me asking)
i don't think i've seen a baloon ram befor,i'll have to do a google.........
oh yeah also what food,as Pasfur rightly mentioned.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-10-2009, 06:30 AM
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Hi, sorry for the long wait, my tank has been set up for 5 years now, he was in there with 4 cherry barbs and an X-ray tetra, the tank is 82ºF, I use API brand water dechlorinator, I do 2 20-30% water changes per week, my tank is 29gal, it has one big piece of driftwood, and I use carbon(I thought originally that you weren't supposed to use it on South American cichlids, but then asked my LFS and they said that it was fine and just a myth), ammonia=0ppm, nitrite=0ppm, nitrate=10ppm. I live in Northen NJ, right by NYC, that's the problem I think, I got a tester for gH and kH and my gH was wayyyyyy up, like 300ppm,when it should be less than 50ppm,right? The weird thing though is that my pH is still at 6.5, but the gH is so high, I feed them Freeze dried blood worms, which they loved. I lost the ram this morning.........I had one of those water softening pillows and then I had to recharge it and he died.......I can't believe I lost another one.....
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-10-2009, 11:05 AM
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The carbon filtration is not an issue for fish, but it is for plants in a planted tank as it removes nutrients that the plants need. You will find differing opinions on this, but the majority of planted tank authoriteis do not recommend carbon (or any other chemical filtration) in a planted tank. But if you have no plants, that is not an issue. Although rams (and many similar-water fish0 will always fare better in planted aquaria because the plants have a stabilizing effct on the water.

Which brings me to the fact, as several of us have mentioned, that rams are especially sensitive to water parameters, water quality, and any changes. I don't know how that water softening pillow works, but if the water hardness changed as a resuolt of some problem, that could be the cause for the ram's death. Water must be stable for these fish. And the balloon ram is even worse because this is an abnormal fish, not a true species. I haven't had time to thoroughly research it, but there are opinions that this is a genetically-altered fish developed by certain individuals who for some reason thing abnormality is good. I don't want to get into all of this, but suffice it to say that such artificial fish frequently have short lifespans.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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aww you lost him,sorry to see that.
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