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  1. Hi all, I need some help double checking the sex of my two German rams. I got them from a very good aquarium shop where I live and ask for a male and female but the person helping me said it harder because they are quite young but was maybe 70% confident they pick a male and female. The reason I'm worried is that the one a believe is male chases away the female when he notices her unless he is too distracted by feeding time. The first two image is the one without a spot and bigger, but is generally confident (will approach the glass). Second two images is the smaller one with a spot but spot has blue over it. (They are harder to get pictures of because they are shyer)
  2. Hello. I've been wanting to set up a new tank and have fell in love with dwarf cichlids. I've been trying to do some research over the past few days and haven't quite found the answers I'm looking for. I have a tank setup in mind I'm just not sure it would work and would rather get opinions on what others think before committing to it. I was thinking of doing a 40 gallon breeder with 3 German Blue Rams (1M 2F) and 3 Apistogramma Cacatuoides (1M 2F). I would want to also add some shrimp and some snails. Would something like this not work due to species compatibilities or perhaps too many fish? Maybe the opposite and I could add in a small school of tetras or corys? Thanks!
  3. Hey fish friends! Have you guys ever had a pair of rams bond and then suddenly “break up?” I'm new to rams and had my pair for a month now. They were inseparable, cleaning off rocks and her belly was so pink and large I thought she might explode! Now, the male is overzealous about breeding and is stressing out the female to the point where her head turned black and she was hiding behind the filter breathing heavily. I think she re-absorbed the eggs because she's barely bloated anymore and the belly is only slightly pink. It might be worth mentioning that I brought home the female with a male she'd been bonding with at the store, but he passed shortly after; she became really restless and constantly glass-surfed until I got this male for her. I separated her in a mesh breeder box and she recovered pretty quickly once she realized he couldn’t get to her anymore. The next morning she was trying to swim to him, so I released her. They were fine until nighttime and I had to separate again. What can I do? Would adding another female/pair help? I can probably do that, if so! I have a spare 10 gallon I can set up if separation is the only option, but when they're separated they act so restless! I've attached a pic of her being normal and a pick of her when she turned super dark hiding. O wise ram gods, give me some wisdom! 😂
  4. I've got a pair of German Blue Rams that I'm planning to move into a 20 gallon long tank soon, and I'm trying to figure out what kind of cleaning crew I can put in there with them that can survive 82-85°F water temps. Unfortunately, my favorite cleaners (Amano shrimp and Nerite snails) max out at 78-80°F. I've got a "naturally occurring" population of rams horn snails in all my tanks, and while they aren't my favorite they seem to do seem to be able to withstand the lower oxygen levels of warm water thanks to being air-breathers. Do you have any recommendations for building warm water cleaning crew?
  5. Hey all, My name is Dakota, and ive been in the hobby for approximately 5 years. I have tried different things and failed at different things, and have had great success with different things. Im a stay at home dad and absolutely love it. I love the aquarium hobby and love everything about it. But my true passion in the hobby is aquascapes and having it complement beautiful fish. My favourite fish has always been the German Blue Rams and absolutely fell in love with the behavior and the amazing colorations they have. This journal is gonna be my diary (lol) i guess you could say. I really appreciate input and can handle criticism. Im no expert, But i am trying and i am learning as much as i can and have learned that the best way for me to learn is to do. So here it goes.... This is my tank from a week ago... I have monty carlo growing on the bottom with Scarlett temple in the back right and an anubias behind the drift wood. There is my wife's Pothos plant on the top right. The tank is running an FX4 with a reduced flow rate. DIY CO2 Inector and a fluval heater. Will post additional Pic's. and then ive hung a blanched zucchini wedge for my oto's to the left. Second picture is my tank today.Went to my LFS and ordered my GBR's aswell as traded the Black neons, assassin snails and a couple of sterbai cory's. All i have left is the 25-30 neons, 3 cory's and some otocinclus cats. I have added some Anachris to the left and some Java fern on the wood. Everything is starting to come together. When i went to the fish store he sells the anachris in clumps, so i got a couple. But i got a hitch hiker and don't know what it is. Looks to big to be duckweed. Any Answers? Top View of Mystery Plant. My DIY setup which has served me well so far! Now Schedule! Please Excuse the handwriting. This is my maintenance schedule. It still needs some tweaking but i will work it out. EG= Easy Green EC=Easy Carbon WC= Water Change. Then of cource my Aquarium Coop sticker on the front right! Love you guys! So, This is just gonna be me keeping track of myself aswell as showing my tank off. I don't get a lot of guests at my house so, this is me being a good host as i welcome you guys into my home and passion.
  6. I love the German blue Rams! My Success with keeping them for any length of time has not been good. The best I've done is a little over a year. I tried again recently and am having the exact same issue. They are in a 40 gallon breeder, 81 degrees, planted tank, PH 6.8 to 7, zero ammonia, zero nitrite, low nitrate maybe 5ppm They each just one morning are found at the top of the tank. Still alive and no visible signs of illness but just not swimming around and pass shortly. I used the quarantine Trio when they arrived. I also tried the same meds when the issue started showing up this time. Nothing seems to be helping. Ready to give up on keeping this fish. I tried getting them off of Aquabid this time from a supposed home breeder... I'm pretty sure they were actually from a farm. I think they lied. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks
  7. Hello, quick question, have any of you had any luck breeding rams in hard water. My water out of the tap is 7.4 ph with a gh of 8-10 per the api test. Edit: the Columbus 2020 water report states a ppm of 120 which lines up with the api test. Is this too hard for rams if I keep the water clean and temps high? dean talks about high temps, but doesn’t mention soft water. I know he has soft water, but I also know he lived in Ohio for a little. I wonder if dean had any luck breeding them in Ohio. I’m very interested in this fish, but idk if they will fall apart in my water. Thanks!
  8. Hello, I am going to be setting up a 50 gallon tank for german blue rams(thanks dean) but I’m having a hard time finding tank mates. I watched the video with Sean talking about how they go with everything from corys to tetras, but can they really go that hot? I plan to stock the tank with: 2 pairs of German blue rams 1 leopard frog pleco 6-8 Cory cats (not sure which ones, maybe black schultzei school of tetras to be determined. is this doable or will these fish not tolerate the high temps. How many German blue rams should I put in the tank? It will be heavily planted and it’s a 40 breeder but a little taller. thanks for the advice!
  9. Howdy Nerms, I recently added 10 juvenile Blue Rams to grow out. I have never had them before and I was trying to vary their diet. They love the blood worms and fresh baby brine but The dry food appears to sit there. Krill flakes were a dud so I tried nano fish food. They would eat it, chew it, and it looked like they would spit it out. Now I imagine that they are getting some of that food but just wondering am I really off course here. Your guidiance is appreciated. I also added some dither guppy fry to make them not so nervous and help them come out more. Many thanks, Tedrock
  10. Hey guys and girls, I have recently moved my two German blue rams to a 100liter tank newly set up! All parameters are good it’s planted and has been running for a while! My oldest ram of 1 year has started swimming around but on the substrate. She seems heavy and always rests in the same spot under the drift wood! She is eating and no visible signs of sickness! Temp at 27.5c any advice would be much appreciated
  11. Hi my fish heroes and gurus. I just got home from work so haven't had a chance to test water yet but wanted to get a pic up pronto to see if anyone has ideas on what appears (not sure) to be a whitish tuft/spot on this guy’s mouth? Want to treat ASAP if needed. Been doing daily water changes since I got these guys last week. Other fish have no seen areas like this on them anywhere. Been watching ‘em like a hawk. This is my ichy tank that I treated with Ich-x and heated high for 3 weeks.
  12. Hi Everyone I was hoping for some advice on successfully breeding German blue rams. I’ve watched Deans video, read the Coop blog article and have watched a ton of Coop videos. My question is more specific so here it goes... The picture in my thumbnail is from a ram pair that bred in my 40 gallon community tank. Other inhabitants are two mystery snails 10 black neon tetra 11 rummy nose tetra and eight amano shrimp (along with the ram pair). I keep the temp between 82-84 degrees depending on my room temp. Water parameters (going off tetra strips) are stable. Ph 7.2-7.4 no ammonia nitrites or chlorine. Kh low between 20-30 ppm, GH high between 200-250 ppm nitrates steady around 20 ppm. The rams bred on the side of a large rock which was too big to remove. About three days after the eggs were laid the rams are the eggs (I saw them eating them). I understand that’s common for new pairs or if they’re stressed. I would like to raise some rams so I bought a 10 gallon tank with sponge filter, some pots n saucers like in deans video and added some anubias and water sprite. Water parameters are similar to community tank although slightly higher KH (40 ppm) and slightly lower GH (150ish) PH 7.4ish temp consistent at 84. About 8 ember tetras are only fish in there. My plan was to use the tank to raise the fry. With all that said, my question is do you guys think it would be better to move the ram pair to the tank and give them time to lay eggs and raise the fry, wait until the eggs are laid or fry hatch and remove them and put them in a breeder box with some air or just leave the rams in the community tank and hope for the best? If I move the ram pair, should I drip acclimate them or just put them right in the tank? If I move the fry, it seems like consensus best way is to siphon them with airline tubing. Is that the best way? sorry for the long post but from reading other posts and watching corys videos it seems like it’s best to provide tank condition info for a more informed answer. Thanks for any advice!
  13. Always have had a soft spot for GBR's but scared to try with having ph lvls at around 8 living in Wisconsin. Am I just wasting money if I get them? If not would they ever breed? I keep my tank at 79 degrees.
  14. Looking for advice for treating my German blue ram. These growths have not gone away after treating with a full course of Api fungus cure. After that didn't work I am now on the second dose of 3 of jungle fungus clear fizz tabs. I have seen no improvement from either treatments so far. Ph is around 6.5 to 7, ammonia and nitrite are being controlled with prime since its currently an un cycled hospital tank, 0 nitrates. Temperature is about 80-81. Any help would be appreciated
  15. Found my GBR laying at the bottom in the plants this am. Still alive. When I netted him he thrashed around and 'flopped' wildly in the net (still in the water). I have him in a breeder box in main tank. I've had him 2 months. He went thru med trio in qtine for 2 weeks when I first got him from lfs. Yesterday he was feisty, active, and devouring food. Even bossing my big pearl gourami around. Everyone else in the tank looks great. 29g, planted, established over a year, 82 deg, ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 20, ph 7.5, relatively hard water. No major changes in the past week. Anything I can try to save him? I know GBRs are touchy but I thought he looked GREAT yesterday... Thanks for the help!
  16. I have a little female GBR. The intention was to have one male and 3 females in a heavily planted 29g. The hobbyist I got them from had some issues, and long story short I ended up with a mated pair and a third wheel. I am super torn, because she is getting picked on, but she isn't injured, just rejected and chased on sight. This doesn't really seem to deter her, and she will try to insert herself into the pair, and seems to be getting enough to eat. For a week there was a bump on her had that seemed like she had injured herself, but it resolved without meds. This is the dilemma--I have many other tanks she could move to, and be the single cichlid show piece, but none are at 83degF. For instance, she could hang with adult guppies...but the water parameters are just too different. I have a beautifully aquscaped mostly empty tank with a mature bonsai planted with nana petite...but the plants in that tank might melt at that temp, it is currently unheated, and it is not technically mine, but one I am holding for a friend. Killing their scape would be a grave transgression, though they would love her in it. MOST of my tanks are unheated. I can't decide if she is happier where she is, getting picked on --just the way cichlids are?-- or if I need to make her her own tank, very inconvenient, or try to house her at a lower temp which is trading one problem for another, or find her a new home with someone else... You can see in this pic that she is colored up a bit, but sometimes she is pale and washed out, trying to lose a pursuer. It was constant at first, but things are maybe settling down?
  17. I am planning to have two powder blue dwarf gourami with two german blues, i will put the ram first so that he can grow before i put the gourami in. I have a lot of plants and a little supply of hiding
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