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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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German Blue Ram Tank Setup

Hello friends,

Has anyone setup a GBR tank? I plan on a 40 gallon breeder tank. As for stock, a dozen GBR's, a dozen Cardinal Tetra's, and a few small cories.

I am looking into a few small caves placed in the corners, some moss for cover as the rams like hiding places.

Since I raise discus, they will get soft water low TDS and PH, same as the discus. What other plants would be good for a low light tank and what would make a good substrate for them?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 03:49 PM
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You could do java moss, java fern, Swords and i would do flourite substrate..

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We use lightly planted 40 gallon breeder tanks as spawning tanks for our Rams. Java ferns and Java moss (anchored to a piece of driftwood) work great as we don't normally provide strong lighting. If you're planning on breeding your rams, I would suggest placing a few small (2" x 2") pieces of slate (red seems to work best) around the sides and back of the tank, especially in the corners. The rams love to spawn on these slates, and if you should decide to hatch them artificially, they are real easy to remove and place in hatching jars. Hatching them is very similar to hatching angelfish.
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A dozen GBR sounds like a lot, or are they young and you'll be removing some once they start pairing off? They're not big fish but they can get pretty territorial and bully each other if there's not enough space (and sometimes even then)
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A dozen GBR sounds like a lot, or are they young and you'll be removing some once they start pairing off? They're not big fish but they can get pretty territorial and bully each other if there's not enough space (and sometimes even then)
Yes they are young right now, maybe 3/4". I would like to try and breed them eventually.

Would they do better in a 90 gallon with some young angels?

Thanks for all the great advice!

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much better. ina 40g, you should really only keep two pairs at most


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3 pair in a 90.
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i have an amazon setup that centers around some GBRs. unfortunately i have all females and i dont think i have any males so thats my next course of action. plants in my tank are staurogyne repens, heteranthera rosefolia, stargrass, s. hygro, myrio mattengrossense, pennywort, frogbit, e. parviflorus, e. tenellus. the plants are actually doing quite well with the low light setup. i have CO2 to i may upgrade the lights soon. my substrate is play sand covered with some medium grain sand. i supplement with osmocote plus ferts.
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Thank you Panda,

I will look for some of these plants as you have what I am wanting to create.
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As a general rule, keep a pair of rams per 20 gallons.


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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. My intensions were 6 in each of my 90's until ready to breed.
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