10-30-2008, 03:56 PM
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I've never bred rams before, but from what I understand it's a fairly similar experience to breeding kribensis, so I can give you my experience there.
Like kribs, rams are supposed to be excellent parents and should do a good job of guarding the eggs. However, if you've got snails or plecos or anything similar, you might want to remove them as they could sneak up and eat the eggs during the night. Once the eggs hatch it will be a little while before the fry are free-swimming; during this stage they just feed off of their attached yolk sacs. After they become free swimming, the parents will lead them on little expeditions around the tank to graze. My kribs did an excellent job of keeping the cories, danios and gourami at bay so I lost few fry. Depending on how insistent the platies are about eating the fry, you may have to remove them or the adult rams could really do some damage. I fed my young fry a finely ground mixture of flake, algae wafers and shrimp pellets, ground up with the handle of an exacto knife in a shotglass as a makeshift mortar and pestle. I then used an eyedropper to add some water to the mixture, swirled it around to mix it evenly, then sucked it up and squirted it at the fry. As they grew I switched over to increasingly more coarsely ground flake.
If any of this doesn't apply to breeding rams, please feel free to point it out!