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Old 09-16-2012, 03:20 PM   #16
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The fish arrived safely yesterday after spending an extra day hanging out with the USPS-it's the government you can't expect them to do anything on time! They look great, very healthy & already showing great color after less then a day in the tank. I got a note on my invoice that having been following my posts on here, they knew I was wanting two pairs, so rather then shipping one extra in case of death they sent two! So I have 4 males and 4 females! Which is super awesome! Thanks Matt!! If anyone is ever looking for Rams, I would highly suggest Matt13! I experienced excellent communication, packing was first class & most importantly the fish look fantastic! They are already swimming around their new home.
I will get some pictures at some point today. I spent all day yesterday racing sailboats and hanging out with my parents who are visiting!
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Old 09-16-2012, 10:49 PM   #17
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The rams are still kinda shy. As soon as I hold my phone up (sorry for the crappy iPhone pics!) they flee. Haha here are a couple shots.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:20 PM   #18
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I fed the rams frozen brine shrimp today vs the standard flakes. Wow! The rams are looking great! Fantastic colors for such young fish! I will try to get some shots of them this evening.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:40 PM   #19
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My rams seem to be enjoying their new habitat! When I fed them earlier today 7 of the 8 came right up to the top of the tank and started feeding right under my hands! I noticed the 8th fish, a little male was at the top but towards the back near a large Anubias, not far from the rest.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:21 AM   #20
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Fellow ram enthusiast!! At what age do you typically see rams starting to pair off? Mine are about 3 months. They've been in the aquarium since Saturday, so four days.... I'm already seeing Pairs starting to develop & create territories within my tank. I know more experienced ram keepers know far more than I do! Please share your knowledge!
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:24 PM   #21
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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 time. We have already had several pairs from the same batch as yours spawn in our tanks. Rams are substrate spawners, and while they will spawn on rocks, plants, silicone corners of the tanks and heaters occasionally, to really help them along, we use small (2" x 2") pieces of slate placed around the back and sides of the tank. They will quickly gravitate to one of these slates and start defending their territories. If you feed them well (blood worms and brine shrimp) they should spawn really soon. Some of the others we shipped fish to had spawns within 24-48 after receiving the fish. The trick isn't in getting them to spawn, it's getting them to raise their own young!

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Old 09-19-2012, 03:48 PM   #22
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Cool looking rams! Really digging your bush of ferns. Once it gets really out of control I'll take some ofF your hands!
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:45 PM   #23
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:59 PM   #24
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Nice rams and I like how your plants are looking as well!
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:11 AM   #25
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I took a few different pics of the fish and tank this evening! I'm leaving tomorrow for the weekend. Going sailboat racing on Lake Norman in NC!
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I'm leaving the fish in the care of my loving girlfriend. I have no doubt about their safety while I'm away.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:11 AM   #26
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Whoops I posted one of those pics twice!
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:33 PM   #27
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HOLY ALGAE BATMAN! I've always had a small bit of algae in my tank, lots, of light, no co2 injection, its gonna happen, but damn, over the last month it has exploded. It is all my fault. Go to school all week, gone sailing all weekend. I've reduced the photo period. It's fall break, and my girlfriend, well now Fiance as we got engaged this week, is outta town for 10 days, so I'm gonna work on the tanks! doing a thorough cleaning today, massive water change. gonna see what I can do to curb some of this algae problem.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:34 PM   #28
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Oh, so a little personal info. my girlfriend and I got engaged Tuesday! Super excited!
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:43 PM   #29
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So I was out of town this last week(wed-mon) I arrived home to find my GBR's almost white, showing none of their regular colors and all hiding & moving really slow. Checking the temp in the tank it was down in the to 70! We had a cold snap, I didn't expect that the temp would drop that low. I've been slowly raising the temp since I got home. with the temp steadily increasing and me getting back to their regular feeding schedule they are slowly regaining color. I am hoping they all made it through my idiotness, geez I feel like a total dumbass!
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:40 PM   #30
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First off Congrats on the engagement!

Next I like the layout of the 55g! LOVE the GBR!!! They will be going in my 55g too! Probably within a month, so I will be checking to see if Matt has any then!

BE CAREFUL raising the temp! Do it SLOWLY!!! No reason to feel like a dumba$$, things happen, and usually do when we are out of town!!! I would let it take at least 24hrs to get to the temp you are usually at. I didn't see it posted anywhere, and if it is and I missed then sorry, but what temp do you usually keep the tank?

It seems like my CO2 tank (5#) knows when I have to go play Cowboy at the family farm when my Parents are going out of town, because it always runs out when I am gone! I ALWAYS check it before I leave, but after a few days of being gone my wife will tell me the drop checkers are blue not green when we talk at night! GRRRRR It ALWAYS HAPPENS! I don't want her to have to change out the tank either, because my cerges reactor is a PAIN to deal with, how I have it plumbed in at the moment! So my plants suffer for a few days to a week or two sometimes, then the DA^N algae takes off! So usually about the time I get it all right again, I have to go Farm Sit!

ANYHOO Let us know how the Rams do after getting back to regular temp! And be sure to watch them close for a week or so for signs of ICH due to the temp drop!

Keep up the GREAT WORK on the 55g!
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