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post #1 of 3 Old 10-26-2011, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Bolivian Rams keep dying! :'(

Alright, just as the title says, my Bolivian rams keep dying..
Tank: 20G
Tankmates: 2 Platies, 1 candy pleco (Max size 3 1/2), 1 Borneo sucker.
PH: 8.0
GH: Soft
Nitrites: 0
Ammonia: 0
Nitrates: 5

Ive had this tank up and running for 3 months now.. it is pretty heavily planted.. there is still a lot of swimming room tho, and plenty of places to lay eggs. Lots of places to hide in.. My rams used to be VERY social when I come up to the glass.. they would watch me put food into the tank and what not.. but now they seem almost paranoid? Affraid? I have only 1 ram left, his name is Harris.. I really dont want him to die.. My little buddy.. I feed them shrimp pellets (their favorite). Harris doesnt seem to want to eat at all anymore.. atleast that I can see.. The platies eat like crazy, as do the other 2 tank mates. The Borneo and Pleco seem perfectly fine.. as energetic as always. I would like to say tho, that Harris had a GF and they did breed together.. after 3 weeks, and I put Ick medication in, harris got I guess depressed? He would sit at the bottom and not do anything.. His GF was perfectly fine, and then 3 weeks later (now) she died.. He's still being depressed... I did a water change after I added the Ick meds.. and there is no signs of ick at all... If someone is a Ram expert.. please reply..

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-26-2011, 02:19 PM
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Whats your temp running at?
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-26-2011, 04:45 PM
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I am assuming they spawned 3 weeks ago; what became of the eggs/fry? Have you observed any interaction between the two rams since then?

How many did you have in this 20g tank initially?

What medication did you use for ich, and when?

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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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