Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: new york, new york
Well, if you want them to mate, I wouldn't put any tank mates in there with them once they pair off. I've bred my rams, almost successfully. Rams are excellent parents for the first day and a half. On the second day, they tend to forget their eggs for some time but will eventually go back to them. If there are other fish in the 20g, the eggs will surely be someones snack.
I got my rams to breed at pH 6.4, GH 2, Temp 82.
They like extremely soft water and high temps. This should simulate the rainy season that they spawn during.
They are extremely sensitive to ammonia and to nitrites. But they're beautiful. I've kept mine with Angelfish, tetras, corys, apistos. Just non-aggressive fish. Angelfish and Rams and discus are probably the least aggressive of the cichlids.
Anyway. Good luck with them. You can add peat to your water to soften it, it will also make it more acidic. However, I'm not sure what that will do to your CO2.