09-27-2011, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by GwenInNM
Luck you! Since I just lost my young male, for no apparent reason, and I'm struggling with where to go from here. Can I ask you what your water parameters are to get them to breed?
My water is 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 5ppm nitrates. I was very bummed to lose my guy, and there are no GBR around her for $3.00.
Yeah, GBRs are hard to come by cheaply. The ones I got were $10.99 normal price, but on sale for 2 for $12, but I got a discount for giving them my previous rams that did not get along. The ones I got were the "medium" sized ones, and the "large", and pretty much full grown ones were $16? Maybe more. Insane. My LFS has great, healthy stock and a lot of variety. They usually spot on with advice too, although I will say that someone else was looking at the GBRs, the large ones too, and asked if because these were the large ones if they were about full grown, and the guy said they would get MUCH MUCH larger. They were well over an inch, some of them more around two inches. They, obviously, will not get MUCH MUCH larger. But when I corrected him, he confirmed with someone else at the store and then thanked me for correcting him. :) He usually does the saltwater stock, so I'll forgive him.
As far as my water parameters, my tank is cycled so the ammonia and nitrites are at zero. My nitrates are a bit on the high side at about 20 ppm, but that's been going down. I think it's just the fact that Charleston SC has great tap water for a lot of fish. The water is very soft and on the acidic side, which is perfect for these kinds of fish. I don't really know the specifics of my tap water, but I just know I'm lucky where I am. :)