Originally Posted by love_my_fish
My dream has been, and will continue to be, to successfully keep German Blue Rams. I'm wondering, Blue, have you been able to breed them?
They are so beautiful. I had a pair last for a few weeks, and I think not having an older, well cycled tank was to blame. I then had bought 3, one really didn't look healthy to begin with, sort of bloated up and then died. The other two lived on but always hid. One slowly paled and faded away. The 3rd lasted a few more months, but always stayed well hidden, except for feedings. Then he also 'bloated up' and disappeared (I assume death, as I never found his body).
Any idea about the "bloating up"? What happened, was the fish would get very bright and the dark spot would increase in size (appearing that the fish was enlarging? is that possible?)
Tank mates were Black Phantom Tetras and later also Neon Tetras.
I haven't bred them yet but my own blue ram(the one in the avatar) appears to be courting my new female(who is still very young). Premature spawning will happen but no fry will result on that however I'm looking forward to see them breed.
I have not successfully kept rams before because at that time, I don't know how to take care of the tank properly by water changes.
Now that I know the basics of fishkeeping, I'm prepared for any possible breeding.
Heaven knows my praecox rainbows(now deceased) and pencilfish have spawned several times in the community last April-July. Some eggs managed to hatch but the fry were eventually eaten by several tetras.
By the way, the praecox and pencils were often dubbed to be very difficult to breed but mine spawned in the community which was unexpected. Oh well..
I'm looking forward to breeding angelfish and blue rams soon.
As for bloating, your ram may have suffered dropsy(which is often rare in SA cichlids). It has something to do with the water quality.
I'd recommend you buy blue rams once the tank reaches 4-6 months of maturity.
I admit the blue ram(the one in my avatar) was added when tank was only 3 months. He was an inch size at that time I bought him. Now, he's nearly 3 inches in size. Far too large for any other blue rams I've seen or owned.
P.S. I hate answering questions from any fishkeepers in my area on how my blue ram managed to reach that size because the same questions are just too boring.
The answer there is quite simple. Feed the juvenile fish 3-4 times a day and do frequent water changes to maintain cleanliness in your tank.
Good luck with your blue rams.