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Breeding Bolivian Rams

Bolivian Rams are Breeding! The Breeding area worked like a charm. An advise on what to do next? Do I maintain my normal water change schedule?
Also, should add a pre-filter sponge to protect the fry?
Any help/advice is great, Thanks!
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Congratz!

Cory's might munch the eggs at night after the lights are out, I'd leave a dim light on top of tank during the night.

Regular water changes works.

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Congrats and nice pictures! I'm currently growing out some fry that my pair produced a couple of months ago. It's been really fun to watch.

Assuming your water changes aren't massive, it shouldn't be a problem. You will need to add a sponge to your filter so they don't get sucked in. Also, they can't handle much current when they first hatch so you may want to turn down the filter or somehow reduce the current in that area of the tank. This will also help the parents keep them all in a group. It looks like you have some cories. They'll probably try to eat the eggs, but the parents should be able to keep them at bay. Be sure to leave some light on at night so that the parents can keep an eye on things.

If all goes well, you'll have to start feeding fry in less than a week. Some claim success with dry foods, but others swear by brine shrimp. I did brine shrimp and had good results. It's a learning process though, so get started early if you've never done it before.

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Congratulations. I would definitely add a sponge to your filter to protect the fry. I've had luck with baby brine shrimp and golden pearls as starter foods. Also Repashy has worked well in my fry tanks.
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Thanks for all of the feedback!
When the fry arrive, how do I make sure they receive food?
Do I need to add an extra hiding spots?
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adding/making sure there are plenty of hiding spots can help increase the amount of fry that survive if you plan on leaving them in the main tank, moss's and similar plants seem to serve as great hiding places for young fry.


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When the fry arrive, how do I make sure they receive food?
The parents will keep them all together in one area. You just use a pipette and squirt a cloud of food into the group of fry. Repeat several times a day. You can use a turkey baster, but they sell plastic 12” pipettes on ebay that are pretty cheap and work better. This is another reason there should be very little current, so the food isn't swept away before they can eat it.

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Thanks Msheresy, will do!

Thanks for the tip John K! I will get a pipette and some food ASAP.

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Sweet! Congrats. Is your PH low? I heard they only breed well in low PH
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Bolivian rams breed just fine in neutral pH. It's German rams that do better in low pH.

I'll second the use of Golden Pearls, or Hikari First Bites. Put a small amount in a bottle with water and feed with a pipette or baster.

The key thing, in my experience, is type of tank companions. Tetras love to munch on fry, for example. Don't know if corydoras will eat the fry, at least before they swim, but it wouldln't surprise me.

Not sure about hiding places. My fry stay with the parent until they get big enough not to get eaten.
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That's sweet man. I do have a 20L for sale you could use as a growout tank.....

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Good job, just keep them clean and fed. Just like having more children. Lol
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