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Old 07-11-2014, 08:47 PM   #1 
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German Blue Ram Breeding Excursion!

Well, I decided to get rid of my leopard ctenopoma and start up a breeding project with German Blue Rams.

It's a 10 gallon densely planted tank -



It just has a stock HOB right now but I will be putting a 80gph canister on it when I have the cash. I will be doing 50% water changes twice a week and dosing ferts for the plants every 3-4 days as I usually do. The water is really yellow in the pic because all I have is a 1" ctenopoma and two otos in it right now and I've been neglecting WCs so the ferts stained the water. I ordered a bonded pair from germanbluerams.com so they should be here within the week. I have read amazing reviews about them so I am pretty confident in my decision.

The first few batches of fry will be left in the tank while I get a fry tank set up. I should be getting a 10 gallon this weekend to QT some snails in and once I get a heater and set up for live food cultures, I'll start pulling eggs. I would like the parents to have a chance to get settled and have some high-protien snacks as well while they do so anyways. I will be feeding frozen bloodworms and high quality flakes. I may even go get some NLS at some point.

Flora -
Java Fern
Crypt Wendtii
Downoi
Rotala Indica
Water Wisteria
Java Fern

Fauna-
2 Otocinclus Cats
2 German Blue Rams (bonded pair)

Tap Parameters -
PH 8.4
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
GH 14-16
KH 14-16

This tank has been cycled and running stocked for 4 months.
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:52 PM   #2 
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Good luck, they're terrible parents lol. Keep your Nitrates very low and they should be good ^_^
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:55 PM   #3 
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50% twice a week in that mess of plants should do them well regarding nitrates, right?
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:55 PM   #4 
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You may want to lower your ph if you can. It will help encourage them to breed. Tank looks good! What is the plant on the left, rotala indica or rotundifolia?
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:57 PM   #5 
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I'm not messing with my pH. It will make it way too unstable. I may end up getting some RO/DI from the LFS but I'm undecided on that. Fry will definately have 50% RO/DI.
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Depending on where they grew up, that pH will be fine. Yunite on AquaBid raises his rams in 7.4 I think it was. But I do agree that 8.4 is a bit high for rams honestly, be sure to acclimate a long time! No less than an hour of course!

You might not need 50% but test often so you can just do a change when you need to. You don't want to clean too much because you'll take the nutrients out that the plants need, even if you do dose ferts and whatnot.
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:08 PM   #7 
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He raises them at 7.6-7.8 according to his website (he is the owner of GBR.com) so I don't think it'll be too big of an issue. I usually drip but I can't find my airline hosing so I am going to do it by hand - 1 medicine cup at a time every 15 minutes until we go from whatever is in the bag to 1 gallon. Nice and slow.
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Okay, good luck! I'm sure they'll be fine :) I'm not sure if the higher pH will effect any like temperature can influence sexes depending on the fish...hmm, might be a worth to look into! Sorry, I'm rambling a bit! lol too tired on my end!.
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:15 PM   #9 
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I'm tired, too, De'Anna it's okay! lol That will be interesting to find out. I am thinking about keeping three fry tanks - I can obseve two batches and move potential pairs to the empty tank to make sure they're a pair.
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Sounds like a good plan to me!
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