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Old 02-18-2013, 10:15 PM   #46
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I am in the process of still learning and making the water more suitable for GBR.

had 3 but they didn't survive for more than a month.
now i have peat moss to lower the ph and temperature at around 78-80 with water changes every week (55 gallon)

is there anything else i am missing?

also how do i acclimate a 7.5 ish ph to a 6.5 ish ph (since some of these stores are 7.x ph)

I'm in the same boat! My tap water comes out at 8.4+
I havent received my kH and gH test kits yet.
My tank water is about 7.6 (with 2.0ppm ammonia!).
Woah, I meant my tap water comes out 8.4ph, with 2.0ppm ammonia. Not my tank. Derrrrr...


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Old 02-23-2013, 12:57 AM   #47
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Haven't seen anyone bring it up, but another thing about these I love is under my led 'moonlights', GBR look awesome. They get in the right angle of light and just light up.


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Old 02-23-2013, 06:16 AM   #48
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I came home from work today to find this.....(sorry for poor quality, taken from cell phone)



This is the first time I have had GBR babies. Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:20 PM   #49
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That's the best thing to come home to. Nothing like cichlid family life.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:01 PM   #50
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I've been trying! Impossible to get one with only nightlight...so here is one with nightlight and room light.



It's even cooler when the room is pure darkness, with moonlights.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:57 AM   #51
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Love GBRs. Just lost mine that I've had for a few years. Would love to get a handful more as my tank definitely has the space, but unfortunately I just don't have the water parameters they flourish in. They can survive somewhat happily, eat plenty, and act normal, but mine was never colorful and always looked kind of washed out. I'll likely try Bolivian rams next or rainbowfish as they're a bit more tolerable of my high ph
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:18 AM   #52
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Woah, I meant my tap water comes out 8.4ph, with 2.0ppm ammonia. Not my tank. Derrrrr...


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I am pretty new to the GBR world as well but I have had 8 of them in my 55g for just over one month. Mine are all doing very well and are starting to get great color! From what I have been reading, if you get some that were bread in captivity they are much hardier than wild caught. I got mine from matt13 here on the tpt forum. Great to deal with and he has excellent fish. I would highly recomend him for GBR. Just shoot him a PM.
My parameters are:
PH-7.4
KH-8
GH-11
Temp- 81F
Nitrates- 15-25
Nitrites- 0
Ammonia- 0

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Old 02-28-2013, 12:44 PM   #53
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Here are some pics of my male GBRs.
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I have 4 GBR's in a 29 gallon that is heavily planted. I just put them in the tank last week. They're really small and according to the folks at the LFS, they're the smallest that they've ever gotten before.

I think the group is 3 females and a male. When I got them, their colors were a bit washed out and it was tough to tell what sex they were. I'll take how they ended up...hopefully there wont be any territory disputes.

Anyhow, I came home from work today and the male was attempting to chase glass shrimp away from what they were eating - a bunch of small white eggs! The GBR's are only about an inch long and already spawned, but I have about 8 (no idea how many) glass shrimp in the tank and they made a quick snack of the eggs. The male GBR was trying to chase them away, but they're full grown and at least half again as long as he is.

I hope this wont happen in the future once the GBR's grow.

Looking forward to seeing more from this group!
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:17 AM   #55
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I am curious to know what everyone is feeding their GBR's and how often or how much?

I am currently feeding them mostly New Life Spectrum and sometimes i will throw in some frozen krill pieces. Just one or the other once a day. I will incorporate some frozen bloodworms once they get a little bigger.

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Mine will not touch flakes at all. I feed them once a day, either frozen bloodworms or frozen krill.
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I feed mine the smallest New Life pellets, once a day. My White Clouds typically eat everything before the rams can eat their fill. So I put pellets in my net and sink it using a straw to make it so the rams can swim right in and feast without competiton. And they do so, readily. Its pretty neat, the WC are freaked by the net. Do the same with frozen bloodworms and these soft pellets I bought that are way too big for them. They peck at em for a bit, and the shrimp finish them off. They will take in flakes, but apparently spit the majority out. I'm really enjoying these fish! Posted from Plantedtank.net App for Android
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After my last water change my GBR laid eggs almost immediately! On a random small depression in the gravel as well. With this being their first spawn, plus otos and a couple ghost shrimp I dunno if they'll last. Been protecting the spot pretty well. Even if they do make it I'm not sure how to raise them!


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Old 03-08-2013, 09:36 AM   #59
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I just got my first one a couples days ago. I am in love


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Old 03-08-2013, 05:42 PM   #60
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Hi guys, I totally forgot about this post. Last time i read it, I think we had just gotten to 2 pages . Keep it up.

Additionally, while I love all the ram pics, cmon guys lets see all your other Dwarf Cichlids.

I was here trying to get a picture with my phone to show you guys and gals, my longfinned male but it's not working out. Will have to wait until I bring to work my camera.

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I just got my first pair (I hope). Can't tell if the male is a male for sure. But they've been hiding a lot and I can't get a good picture. Is it possible for me to also keep yellow rams with them in a 50 gallon?
Yes as long as you have broken sight lines and room for each male to stake out his territory, you'll be fine.
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