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Old 04-01-2013, 08:54 PM   #76
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Beautiful rams everyone (:

I have a question concerning a bully male GBR in my 20Long. I have a male and female, who have spawned once. They ate the eggs after a couple of days. Since then the male seems to have become more territorial over the whole tank. He never used to scare off the White Clouds, but now he will. He is also chasing around the female, maybe 30% of the time when I go to the tank. I haven't seen him really nipping at her (fins are 100%), more of just chasing until she can get out of line of sight.

At what point does this become a problem?
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:45 PM   #77
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My gbrs guarding their eggs. Hope they don't eat them this time.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:40 PM   #78
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Is this a male or female GBR? I thought it is female from the black bands on the fins, but I'm not so sure anymore.

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Old 04-03-2013, 12:48 AM   #79
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It looks a bit young yet. All my females have pink bellies. So based on that male. Look at this thread of pics people have posted that may help.
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This is my first GBR. I've been checked out all sorts of pictures and this one seems to have both the typical male and female characteristics to me. I was hoping someone with more experience can tell.

I guess I'll wait until it gets a little more mature. Either way it's a great fish, I'm a new fan.

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It looks a bit young yet. All my females have pink bellies. So based on that male. Look at this thread of pics people have posted that may help.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:09 AM   #81
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so a guy owed me money from me setting up his plants and giving him a few of my last bottles of pfertz fertilizers but he had no money. instead he offered me a male and female gbr. I placed them in my 55 GAL tropical community tank, and so far they seem happy. is there anything about them I might not hav found in research I should know? I am loving them, but I'm just unsure. my tap comes out at 7.6, but by the time I do my weekly water change it is normally down to 6.8. is that a problem?


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Old 04-04-2013, 05:09 AM   #82
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You should be good they have adapted to most water types. I know it says they prefer soft acidic water, but mine have colored well and spawned many times in very hard water with a 7.4 ph. Hope you got a breeding pair. look into getting some to add to your two they are fun to watch in a group.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:13 PM   #83
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You should be good they have adapted to most water types. I know it says they prefer soft acidic water, but mine have colored well and spawned many times in very hard water with a 7.4 ph. Hope you got a breeding pair. look into getting some to add to your two they are fun to watch in a group.
Thanks for the assurance. I just checked on them a few mins ago, and they look great! they are exploring for a nice little cave and the difference the past 2 days have made is amazing. I only said I would take them because Ive seen how many people love them, but his where pale and kinda bland looking but they have colored up so much! I don't have any good pics due to not having a camera that's very effective, but ill try to get some if they are willing to hold still. I really can see why so many hobbyists are so attached to these little guys.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:34 AM   #84
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Just got myself 2 GBR'S today and they were already a mated pair! They were laying/fertilizing eggs when I walked into the LFS so I waited about an hour and a half then bought them because the store was closing. I don't think they were completely finished spawning and it made me a bit nervous because after I acclimated them, they explored a bit, found each other, then took up residence in a back corner of my tank. Now they're just hovering in one spot underneath a sword leaf not moving much at all. Can I safely assume this is because of how much energy they used during spawning or are there issues I should expect due to the circumstances in which I bought them?

Love the fish so far though, so gorgeous!

Edit: They're much more curious about the tank today and are slowly making their rounds, nipping at things here and there. Got a few shots.
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Two of my males interacting. Female in the back watching. I love watching them. I just wish my two pairs would stop eating their eggs!

Hunter your rams look great. What do you take the pics with?
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Two of my males interacting. Female in the back watching. I love watching them. I just wish my two pairs would stop eating their eggs!

Hunter your rams look great. What do you take the pics with?
Thank you sir! I like your Rams alot, it makes me want to get another pair, would I be able to get away with that in a 40 breeder?

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Hunter, you should be able to have 2 pair in a 40 breeder without any issues. As long as you have some plants and hardscape to breakup the line of sight. I had 4 pairs in a standard 55g without issues.

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Hunter, you should be able to have 2 pair in a 40 breeder without any issues. As long as you have some plants and hardscape to breakup the line of sight. I had 4 pairs in a standard 55g without issues.

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Good to know, thank you. I'm pretty well planted although I'll probably change up the scape once the 2nd pair is in.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #89
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Yes you should be good like rk923 said. I have 8 rams in my tank (55 standard) and they are fine. But mine do eat their eggs. It could be because the competition in a small space. Not sure.
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Well, my male GBR was dead this morning when I woke up. I know alot of people have issues with these fish and they'll go belly up out of nowhere, it's pretty sad. Although, my male looked as if his tail was missing? Could this just be from other fish nipping at him after he died?
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