Originally Posted by reggie oaks
Recently I bought a Ramirezi for my ten gallon aquarium. For now this is the only fish in there. I was in a hurry and told the girl at the petshop to give me one healthy ram. On arrival I was able to confirm that indeed it was in great shape. But it is a balloon ram. I have heard that they are produced by artificially selecting the original fish. Natural selection is almost always better, so can anyone having experiences with a balloon ram or another artificially selected breed tell me if they have turned out to be hardy, healthy, normal or problematic?
This species and all variant's.
Long finned,balloon,electric blue, gold, all perform about the same for those blessed with soft water with temps between 80 and 84 degree's F.
I have kept them in aged tank's with moderately hard water and have actually had better success with the balloon variety than some of the other's.
do be aware that many fishes don't appreciate the warm temp's that these fish thrive in.
Would not place anything in the water which could increase hardness.I mention this because of photo in picture you posted which show's white rock possibly Coral?
Hard water and these fish don't get a long with VERY few exception's.