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I'm glad to report that my water conditions are perfect!! I need to do nothing with the water for now. I observe my Blue Ram Cichlid to keep up with the health of my fish because he is the most delicate of all the fish I have. I use him as an alarm for any changes in water conditions in addition to testing. I just need to get him a girl friend!! Lol!! Thanks so much all!!!
Glad to hear it turned out OK.

One comment on the ram, if it really is your intention to get a female, you should know that the male ram will not always "accept" any female you put in with him. This species forms what is termed a bonded pair, often for life, but the male has to select his female. Adding a female may sometimes work, but more often it may not. A recent thread by another member illustrates how this often doesn't work out.

This applies to both species in this genus. I had the same issue with my Bolivian Ram male; introduced a female, they spawned 3 times, then he hounded her to the point she died from stress, and this was in a 5-foot tank heavily planted which one would think would provide sufficient room for her to keep out of his way.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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