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Forum: Fish   06-15-2016, 04:10 PM
Replies: 26
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Posted By matt13
As was mentioned, Rams are not the easiest fish...

As was mentioned, Rams are not the easiest fish to raise, but they can be pretty hardy if you follow a few simple rules:

1) Water quality is extremely important. You're parameters look fine. ...
Forum: Fish   05-27-2016, 02:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 392
Posted By matt13
I have little doubt that the fish in the picture...

I have little doubt that the fish in the picture is a male, but in relatively poor shape. He looks very thin and underfed, probably from the stress associated with harvesting and shipping. If you...
Forum: Fish   05-27-2016, 02:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 198
Posted By matt13
Again, it's a little hard to tell, but it appears...

Again, it's a little hard to tell, but it appears that fish #1 could be a male. Fish #2 and #3 look to be females, and I am reasonably sure that fish #4 is definitely a male. This may also help...
Forum: Fish   05-25-2016, 10:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,448
Posted By matt13
Rams will do OK in 80 degree water, but they will...

Rams will do OK in 80 degree water, but they will really thrive in water around 82-84 degrees.
Forum: Fish   05-25-2016, 10:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By matt13
Rams are notoriously poor parents. When we breed...

Rams are notoriously poor parents. When we breed our rams, we keep them in small (5.5 gallon) tanks with a piece of driftwood and a plastic plant. Once they spawn, the male will do most of the...
Forum: Fish   05-25-2016, 10:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 159
Posted By matt13
From the pictures, it appears that they are male...

From the pictures, it appears that they are male and female. This may help: http://somefinsfishy.com/fish-tips/breeding-rams/sexing-rams.html
Forum: Equipment   04-08-2016, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By matt13
I bought one similar to this one: HDE...

I bought one similar to this one: HDE Non-Contact Infrared IR Temperature Gun Digital Thermometer: Science Lab Digital Thermometers: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific I've had it for several...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-26-2015, 08:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 494
Posted By matt13
Sarraa- It can be lethal if not held in check. ...

Sarraa- It can be lethal if not held in check. It is harder to kill with other tropical fish that cannot withstand the higher water temps. The normal way (in cooler temps) to treat it is with a...
Forum: Fish   02-24-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 824
Posted By matt13
In my opinion, it appears that both of the fish...

In my opinion, it appears that both of the fish are females. Here's some information that may also help you to sex them:
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Forum: Fish   02-24-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By matt13
I'm pretty sure that they are not Bolivian rams. ...

I'm pretty sure that they are not Bolivian rams. Bolivians have a completely different body shape and structure. It appears that they are a hybrid of a Blue Ram (German) and another long-fin...
Forum: Fish   02-06-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 581
Posted By matt13
Oleg- I know exactly what you are talking about....

Oleg- I know exactly what you are talking about. We don't see it very often, but often enough to understand your concerns. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately, virtually all of...
Forum: Fish   08-03-2013, 03:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,722
Posted By matt13
I have male Triple Red Apistogrammas Cacatouides,...

I have male Triple Red Apistogrammas Cacatouides, German Blue Rams, Electric Blue Rams, and Long Fin Gold Rams for sale right now, if you are interested. I sell them at a very fair price and do not...
Forum: Fish   06-12-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,071
Posted By matt13
You really need to carefully plan what fish you...

You really need to carefully plan what fish you plan to keep in your tank and balance your desire for a colorful tank with the desire to have them propagate. just need to keep in mind that if you...
Forum: Fish   06-12-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 676
Posted By matt13
The tank looks nice and the neons should do well...

The tank looks nice and the neons should do well with the rams. In the July, 2013 issue of Tropical Fish Hobbyist (TFH) Ted Judy has an excellent article that discusses the use of target/dither fish...
Forum: Fish   05-31-2013, 02:46 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,849
Posted By matt13
I like to say that we are victims of our own...

I like to say that we are victims of our own success. My son and I started breeding rams about 6 years ago just as a hobby. I have always liked rams and thought it would be fun to try. We started...
Forum: Fish   05-30-2013, 07:13 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,849
Posted By matt13
njmomie- If you are serious about trying to...

njmomie- If you are serious about trying to raise the fry, then you will absolutely have to remove the "community" from the community aquarium. The parents lack the size to fight off most...
Forum: Fish   05-30-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,186
Posted By matt13
John- It appears that you have a female (body...

John- It appears that you have a female (body shape, lack of long dorsal fin extensions, shorter ventral fins, and rounded belly) Electric Blue Ram in awesome condition! Sometimes, if rams have...
Forum: Fish   05-30-2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,186
Posted By matt13
Kary- Nice job on raising the rams so far. I...

Kary- Nice job on raising the rams so far. I wouldn't mess with the pH of the water. I know I've probably mentioned this in a couple of different posts on this site, but rather than trying to...
Forum: Fish   05-23-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,029
Posted By matt13
Jojoba- The short answer to your questions is...

Jojoba- The short answer to your questions is yes, your Rams will/should do fine in the higher pH water. A lot of people tend to focus on keeping their water conditions at the "ideal" range that...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   05-21-2013, 06:17 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,532
Posted By matt13
I don't think you need to go to the trouble and...

I don't think you need to go to the trouble and expense of hiring an attorney. We had someone who actually bought fish from us, then a year later, used our photos from our ads in their ad on Aqua...
Forum: Fish   05-20-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,849
Posted By matt13
Your truly are a lucky breeder! There is nothing...

Your truly are a lucky breeder! There is nothing more rewarding than to see a pair of fish raising and herding their own fry around the tank. There is also nothing more frustrating than to see...
Forum: Fish   05-15-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 602
Posted By matt13
When rams first hatch and become "wigglers", they...

When rams first hatch and become "wigglers", they live off the yolk sacks for another 4-5 days depending on the water temperature. Once the yolk sack is absorbed, they tend to need live food, or...
Forum: Fish   10-17-2012, 12:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,439
Posted By matt13
As was already stated, Rams are a lot hardier...

As was already stated, Rams are a lot hardier than most people give them credit for. Their main drawback is that they are not as long-lived as most other aquarium fish (around 3 years). The biggest...
Forum: Fish   10-17-2012, 12:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,164
Posted By matt13
You can definitely have more than 2 angels in the...

You can definitely have more than 2 angels in the same tank, especially if the tank is a 75 gallon as you mentioned. As was already pointed out, the only time you should have a problem is if they...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-19-2012, 03:24 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 15,546
Posted By matt13
John- Your fish are actually a little closer to...

John- Your fish are actually a little closer to 4 months of age, and they are ready to spawn now. Rams usually become sexually mature around 3 1/2 to 4 months of age and will start to spawn at that...
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