Are german blue rams really injected with hormones? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
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post #1 of 19 Old 02-10-2014, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Are german blue rams really injected with hormones?

I've seen this around a lot that german blue rams are injected or exposed to hormones to increase their colors. Is this true? It wouldn't surprise me, except for that fact that I don't typically hear this about other fish. Why do it to german blue rams and not other fish? That's the part that makes no sense to me.

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post #2 of 19 Old 02-10-2014, 09:33 AM
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I have read that a number of times as well. If the fish are small and exhibiting mature breeding colors, then I would be suspect.

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post #3 of 19 Old 02-10-2014, 09:47 AM
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A well coloured ram is worth a lot of money. They are given the fishy version of testosterone to get their breeding colours up.
It can make them look nice at the seller but fades away a bit after you bring them home.
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post #4 of 19 Old 02-10-2014, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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That's so sad! They are naturally beautiful fish! I just don't get why they would only do this to rams. It would seem well colored fish of other species would also be desirable.

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post #5 of 19 Old 02-10-2014, 03:37 PM
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It's done with apistos as well.
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post #6 of 19 Old 02-10-2014, 03:40 PM
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Any time you see juvi fish displaying mature colors it should make you wonder....

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post #7 of 19 Old 02-10-2014, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Well I don't know enough about them to know what mature colors are and whether or not the ones at the store are even juveniles. :P

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post #8 of 19 Old 02-10-2014, 05:33 PM
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That's what the Internet is for You can look at pics of adult fish AND juvi fish. For many species, the two may not look anything like each other.

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90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #9 of 19 Old 02-10-2014, 05:45 PM
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I've read about this with african cichlids as well.
Brighter colors = more $$$$
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post #10 of 19 Old 02-10-2014, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I'll find out. Hopefully I get some babies to raise at some point? It's still sad though...

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