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senorh 01-08-2010 07:33 PM

Bolivian and Blue rams together
 
Hi everyone, I have a 125 us Gallon tank and currently have a bolivian ram in it along with alot of other fish, I was wondering if I could add a blue ram or two without the rams fighting. I had more Bolivian rams but I think the lone ram killed the others, The tank has been set up for 2 years and I do water changes twice a week

thanks

iamntbatman 01-08-2010 08:13 PM

If you have reason to suspect that your current Bolivian ram killed the others (in the same 125g tank, I presume) then I wouldn't risk adding the GBR. Blue rams are smaller and generally less hardy than Bolivian rams so I think your Bolivian would find him an even easier target than his former tankmates.

senorh 01-08-2010 08:37 PM

thanks I will set up a differnt tank for blue rams, How long should the tank be established. I have a 20 long that I am cycling now?

iamntbatman 01-08-2010 08:49 PM

The longer, the better. And remember that blue rams are fairly picky when it comes to water parameters. You'll want that low pH and soft water to be well established for a long period of time before adding the rams.

rrcoolj 01-08-2010 09:12 PM

This really baffles me.Ii've seen both species kept peacfully in pairs in tanks as little as 20 gallons. In a 125 each fish should have PLENTY of room. Plus rams are very docile fish. I've never known one to kill another fish not even when breeding but I have limited experience with them. Are you sure that the bolivian killed the other fish? Both species should be fine together but as mentioned german blues like thier Ph low and are alot more sensative to changes in parameters. They should all work in the same tank.

senorh 01-14-2010 08:05 AM

honestly I am not sure, I bought 5 intially for the 125. It was established for over a year, one by one they died withing the first month. Only 1 survived. He is such a nice guy with the other fish, so it was just a guess. I had no other fish deaths in the tank during that time, perhaps it was just a bunch of sick Bolivians.


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