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post #1 of 3 Old 10-21-2007, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Fry tank and snails

I have been trying to breed german blue rams for a few months now, and I can get a batch of eggs to hatch at a pretty reasonable size now. However, the fry will usually survive a week before they start to die off, usually at or when I do a water change. I have read pros and cons to putting snails into a tank with fish eggs. Would they eat the eggs or would they help keep the tank and water clean? Also, how would a water change be recommended, as I used atleast 1-2 day aged water for the switch in the fry tank, just cant keep the little guys alive. This is like two questions in one, sorry for any confusion.
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-21-2007, 08:00 PM
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How big is your tank with the Rams?
How often do you do a water change and how much water?

I have snails in my tank with breeding cichlids, and it's not bad. They eat a few eggs, but lay their own also. I'd rather have a snail problem though, I don't have much extra room for more fry.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-21-2007, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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I move the ram eggs into a 5 gallon bare tank, with a heater mounted on the side. I keep an airstone right next to the eggs. Thats all. I keep the rams in another tank with 2 otos for breeding, which they spawn every week to 2 weeks. But I have never seen the eggs hatch with the parents, which is why I move them into the 5 gallon. The tank water in the 5 gallon gets dirty fairly quick once they hatch, I try to do a water change once I see them free swimming so I can clean the bottom, but usually once I do that, they begin to die off.
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