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Old 04-01-2013, 05:41 AM   #196
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It appears that reducing the light and a couple of water changes has beaten the algae. It has been 3 days and the algae hasnt returned. Im going to start creeping the light back up until I find the sweet spot.

An added bonus is that the extra water changes seem to have triggered the blue rams into breeding mode. The male has excavated a spawning pit and is viscously defending it. The pair is taking turns guarding the den and have taken to attacking me if I put my hand in the tank.

No Eggs yet, but at this rate I wouldnt be surprised if they follow through some time in the next few weeks. Ill try to get pics as this unfolds.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:31 PM   #197
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So apparently I just missed the eggs, because today, we have newly hatched blue ram fry!

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:20 PM   #198
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:26 AM   #199
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Just started my own audrino controlled/ led / auto ph tank. Yours - just stunned me.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:53 PM   #200
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I missed it somewhere, where do you get your tank from? I am loving the dimensions
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:15 AM   #201
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I missed it somewhere, where do you get your tank from? I am loving the dimensions
I had the tank custom made through a local shop by a company called h20 aquariums in Victoria. We are pretty lucky to have an aquarium manufacturing company locally so there is no shipping. They do pretty nice work and they use black silicone which I am a fan of (doesn't discolour like clear can over time).

I'm glad people are digging the dimensions, its a touch shorter then a standard 75 and I wanted to give the tank a more stretched out perspective. It's cool that you guys like it too
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:17 AM   #202
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You are totally going to love the Arduino. LED builds that can be controlled are really visually appealing with the variety of options you can give them. Drop me a link to your build, I'd love to follow your progress (the electronics geek in me can't resist!)
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:51 PM   #203
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I must have really lucked out when I chose this pair of Rams. They have managed to hatch their first batch of fry and are so far protecting them from the other fish! Here is the male watching over his brood.

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Old 04-04-2013, 12:07 AM   #204
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Looks like a good dad!

Are you going to use anything to cover the filter inlet? I have no experience with this sort of thing but I am curious about the possibility of raising fry in a community tank . . . my angels just spawned in my 36x18x18.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:09 AM   #205
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What kind of Rams are those again? Really interesting to see a cichlid's brooding behavior
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:11 AM   #206
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What kind of Rams are those again? Really interesting to see a cichlid's brooding behavior
they look like "german blues"
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:18 AM   #207
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German Blue Rams, absolutely love these little fish. I haven't bred any in about 8 years so I was totally unprepared for these little guys to get started so quickly. I only had them for about 2 weeks before they spawned, and usually the first spawn gets eaten, or abandoned.

I wasn't planning on breeding them at all, so I haven't really thought too much about the filter inlet. The flow is pretty gentle around the inlet though, as the surface skimmer is taking quite a bit.

This is just sort of a fun side project. If the babies live, cool. If they don't I won't be heartbroken. Its just fun watching them go through the motions.

If the babies can survive for over a week in this tank I might put in some serious effort in breeding them. I have a 14 Gallon I can set up as a rearing tank and I can track down some microworms, but for the time being I'm simply feeding them crushed New Life spectrum food with some additives, and crushed CyclopEeze
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:19 AM   #208
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Always cool to have some fry pop up.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:36 AM   #209
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If anything I can look at this as a sign the tank is breaking in well. I gotta say after years of mixing salt water 50 gallons at time doing water changes with buckets is a breeze by comparison!
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:56 AM   #210
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Shot a few videos of the Ram fry doing their thing:

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