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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 01-29-2014, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Everyone I'm thinking of getting some rams and want to know what healthy rams look like when they are not stressed from the fish store. The ones I will be able to get are probably bolivians so if you have those and could share a quick pic please do.
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Mine just spawned last week. I took pictures but don't have them on a photo sharing site to post. They are gorgeous though especially when in breeding coloration.
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Getting rams will be a decision you will rarely regret. I find them the most interesting fish in my tank and actually that ive ever owned. They seem much more intelligent than most fish and also very sociable and personable. They are a pleasure to watch during courtship and a challenge to find sometimes when they are in a hiding mood. I have a pair that spawn regularly but I never choose to remove the eggs from getting eaten. I like to watch their lovers quarrels when the female isn't giving the male enough attention. Here is a pic of my GBR female. I know its blurry but she is very healthy, over 2" long now with lots of blue in her face, her belly is big and pink in the pic because she was about to drop eggs. Notice her dorsal fins are erect and her colors are bright and vivid. Bolivian rams should be bright colors with bright eyes and should be swimming towards the bottom, if they are at the surface its normally not a good sign unless feeding because these are mainly bottom/mid dwellers.

You cant always judge them at the LFS. I got her from Petsmart and once I took her home she went right to coloring up and eating like a pig.


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Can't wait to see some of you post some electrics blues. One of my favorites!


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What's the smallest tank you'd put a pair in? 20g?
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My dominant male German Blue Ram.

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I feel comfortable keeping a mated pair of GBR in a 10g. 20g long for Bolivians.

The best pictures I have seen are in posts by Matt13 and on seriouslyfish com.

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Beautiful fish! Thanks
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Awesome pics thanks for the reply! :-)

You mentioned leaving fry in the tank, do you get some that make it to adulthood?

What would you recommend keeping in the tank with bolivians? (Mine's a twenty long)
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Nice pics everyone, there are so many different colour morphs of rams, they are such an interesting fish to keep.

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Can't wait to see some of you post some electrics blues. One of my favorites!
Here we go, my electric blue pair, I have them in a breeding tank, they have spawned about 6 times so far, but never with any success. Either they messed up, or I did, either way, they are way more difficult than any other fish I've attempted to breed. They are in a 46g bow, but I could definitely go smaller, like I'd say 20g, it's just this 46g tank is so established. Rams are awesome fish, I love the way they swim in a jerking fashion, then when they stop, their 'spikes' rise (dorsal fins), reminds me of a little mohawk. They seem to occupy the whole tank on their own, maybe a bit more at bottom strata, but I think they are mostly just picking off the cherry shrimplets. They are very inquisitive, will breed right in front of you and eat from my hands. I assume they would act differently in a community tank, but I love my little EB's!!!

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Here's mine. Dominant male on the bottom in the double shot




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My German Ram Females have blue lipstick



Individual shots.

The big girl.


The smaller girl.

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