02-02-2012, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Mark602
Hi I'm really fancying a blue ram but I've heard they are really hard to look after, is this the case?? If so how hard?? Does anyone know of anything similar but easier to care for??
You can click on the highlighted name of the fish in your post above or click "tropical fish profiles" in the navigation banner to see more. According the the profile here, they are probably the most demanding dwarf cichlid you can get. They need very soft, acidic, warm water. They're also very shy and would require some dither fish unless you want them to cower. They are not recommended except for the most experienced keepers with established, well planted tanks designed to meet the exacting requirements of the species.
As to alternatives, maybe the Bolivian Ram? My experience is admittedly limited, but I'm sure someone here will pick up the slack and provide some other suggestions. Good luck and congratulations on having the foresight to do your homework before pulling the trigger! I'm sure you'll find the perfect substitute