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post #16 of 51 (permalink) Old 03-28-2014, 02:17 PM
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Here is my Electric Blue

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post #17 of 51 (permalink) Old 03-29-2014, 07:37 PM
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My German Ram Females have blue lipstick


Hahaha, looks like you photo-painted that on!! I know, it's hard to get that iridescent blue on camera, mine look like they have florescent blue (if there is a fluorescent blue) lipstick on.
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Here is my Electric Blue

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Wish i still had my old phone. I will take one tmw of my bolivians. I think my avatar is one of my bolivian and a gbr that i no longer have.

Bolivians are by far the most personable fish ive ever owned!

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Phone pics, so not great quality.

My ram pair guarding a spawn.



Zoomed to show color better (and to be used as my Profile Pic).



Unfortunately, the pair was lost after about their 5-6th spawn when my Rena Smartheater crapped out on me in the dead of winter.
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Mine are still new and aren't showing much color yet. Still waiting for them to pair off.


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Phone pics, so not great quality.

My ram pair guarding a spawn.



Zoomed to show color better (and to be used as my Profile Pic).



Unfortunately, the pair was lost after about their 5-6th spawn when my Rena Smartheater crapped out on me in the dead of winter.

holy s*** those are extremely awesome
never seen rams with those type of black markings
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Here is one of my males hanging out in the java ferns:

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Both of my bolivians!





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post #25 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-21-2014, 02:25 AM
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Here's the pride of my fleet. My dominant male German blue balloon ram.

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post #26 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-21-2014, 06:14 PM
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EBBR's

I know the 'Balloon' Ram is a spot of contention and controversy. I understand both sides. I'm personally undeterred by their shape. They're a perfect fit for my tank and my prize fish. I really like them a lot. They have such personality and bravado. As if they know how beautiful they are.

This guy is the alpha. He's got a legit mohawk dorsal fin. He will chase around the other guy all day. I get really upset that they don't 'pair-up', which leads further to my suspicion that my other EBBR is a male as well. If anyone could sex them, I'd really appreciate it.



I've been told that this is a female EBBR. Not as big of a dorsal fin. But I've had my suspicions that this is a male.


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Threads like these really make me want this fish. ... badly!

Thanks for sharing some pics everyone

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Just curious if everyone knows about the breeding of the EB rams... You guys and gals do know that you can't put a male and female EB ram together and expect EB ram babies right? It's just like the EB Jack Dempsey... Like I said, just curious. And for the record, I hate any "Balloon" version of any fish, in case anyone gave a crap lol.

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What's the smallest tank you'd put a pair in? 20g?
I have a pair of Bolivian Rams that just spawned in a 20 Long I don't think a 20 High would do it though
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post #30 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-21-2014, 10:21 PM
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I think it's pretty well known that you need to have a pair of Ram's before you introduce them to a tank. Unless you buy them as a pair, or raise them from juveniles, you probably won't end up with a pair.

The balloon trait is a purely aesthetic choice. I understand everyone's opinion on that preference. However, I'd like to defend the practice:

When selectively breeding for aesthetic features, multiple complications can arise. From weak genetic dispositions (susceptible to illness) to practical failure (messed up internal organs, inability to swim/eat). The blood parrot fish is often cited as an example of how horrible this sort of selective breeding can be.

However, the electric blue shimmer of your EBR's has been selectively bred to be that color. Most of the color variants in your fish tank are not the natural occurring color variants you'd find in 'the wild'. Most of us know this, and accept that there can be selective breeding which doesn't hinder of harm the animal. Most color morphs are the result of selective breeding.

Likewise, many people protest the breeding of Pugs and Mastiffs due to the genetic problems that arise from these breeds. These are examples in the canine family which have been selectively bred to the detriment of the animal. Few would argue, however, that a labrador, or golden retriever (or any other healthy dog) is in any immediate danger due to the selective breeding that occurred which resulted in those dogs. There is a large variety of color and size polymorphism that can occur in any particular species. This phenomenon is what results in the natural process of evolution (instead of us choosing our favorable genes, the impartial hand of nature decides).

This is a long winded reply simply to say that my Balloon's don't exhibit and health issues (living for 2 years so far with no problems) nor any practical problems, like being unable to swim properly. These are perfectly healthy fish, and I would encourage anyone from making the argument that it's not natural and therefor, not right, to have these fish, to look at their dog before they make that claim. Ostracizing those that have perfectly good fish which they love and care for makes those people defensive and feeling as though they need to write out long explanations on internet forums for why they love their fish.
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