10-08-2009, 07:15 AM
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Fishinpole, They are indeed a variety called the balloon ram. I have also seen an electric blue or neon ram as well. Can't help but think that thses variations only weaken the strain rather than trying to improve on these fish. I did manage to keep a couple of the gold ballon rams alive for nearly two years. Sadly,one passed away last week. I don't feel too bad though, considering they're life expectancy is not much more than three years in ideal conditions. For me,, the Gold rams fair better than the german blues but I can't explain it.