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Fredsterbit 10-15-2012 09:17 AM

Blue Ram blues
So, I've either made the most awesome addition to my tank or the worst mistake for my tank. I bought a blue ram per some suggestions from an employee in my LPS. Now this guy has given me awesome advice in the past, so I trust him, but here's my problem. Apparently rams are hard to take care of... not for beginners, (which I consider myself to be...) HERE are my water parameters!!

20g tank
Occupants: 8 Danios
Plants: Java Fern, Java moss, aponogeton bulb, some others i really don't know the name of...
nitrates = < 5ppm
nitrites = 0
ammonia < .25 ppm
ph = 7.2 - 7.6
Temp. = 75-80 degrees Farenheit

I've had this tank for 2.5 months now.

I know I have to lower the ph of my water a bit. How would I do that, and anything else I have to watch out for? Thanks!

Byron 10-15-2012 06:56 PM

Do you know about our fish and plant profiles? You can find some good info on the ram there, click the shaded name Blue Ram.

Temperature is important, this fish likes warmth, 82F is usual. But this is going to burn out the danio, whatever species they are, as they are more active fish and the warmer the water the less oxygen it holds and the faster the fish's metabolism has to work.

The GH (hardness) and pH are important, but this somewhat depends upon where the fish was raised. Blue rams are mostly commercially-raised now, unless you buy wild caught fish from an importer, so the water parameters at the breeder's is important. Wild caught fish must have soft, acidic water; but commercially-raised fish should stay in water with parameters close to that of the breeder's.

Why is your temp such a range, 75-80F?


Fredsterbit 10-16-2012 08:59 AM

That is the range that the thermometer is at whenever I look at it, depends on the day.. The heater keeps it around that range. My GH is at 4

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