I received them today. They arrived overnight, which was what I was hoping for, as the breeder is so close to me. Yes, I think he was just being overly cautious. They look fabulous.
I decided not to treat them. When stressed, I understand its easier for things like fungus, bacterial infections, etc. to pop up. But when I saw them, I knew they were fine. Both are very active.
I had a heck of a time getting the male out of the breather bag, as he was"stuck" in the folds of the bag. I was panicking, as he was out of the water for a minute or so, but finally came out. The female dropped right out. I knew she was the female, as she has spots in her black spot, and a pink belly! I was afraid I'd have trouble telling the sexes apart, but it was easy, since I read all I could on it, and it was obvious. Wow, their color surprised me more than anything. He uses no hormones, and breeds them himself. I expected them to be washed out from the stress of shipping, but if this is their stress coloring, they are going to be drop dead gorgeous when they color up!
At first the male laid on top of my fake plants that are my top cover, and I thought he was a goner. I went back ten minutes later, and he was behind the moss, just hanging in the water. A half hour after that, he was swimming around. The female has not stop swimming and exploring since I released her. (I drip acclimated for 45 minutes). I didn't expect them to be so active when he had said they would be "weak," so I'm overjoyed. In fact, I half expected them to be dead or near it when I opened the box!
I realize blue rams can drop dead suddenly for no reason, so I'm trying not to keep my hopes up too high. But for now, they have no clamped fins and are very active. I will offer them a little bit of thawed bloodworm tonight.
I got a few pictures, but the coloring is just not showing up as much as real life. Yes, they're old enough to be a pair--and the coloring is obvious as to their sexes. I will get better pics later, but until then...
First and second are of the girl, third is of the boy, hiding, so it was hard to get a good pic. Will get better ones later. 012.jpg023.jpg016.jpg