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Old 02-16-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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Help with German Rams


Hi guys & girls,

Hoping for some help here with my new German Rams.
Looking for some opinion as to whether or not I've got a boy and a girl!
I know there is a few discussions on various threads here, but I would appreciate a second opinion!
My LFS did their best, but I'm not 100% sure about the boy, as it seems to have very dark bands on the pelvic fins?
Hope you guys can help!
(I'm struggling to attach more than one picture at a time, so here's the 'boy' , female to follow in next post!)
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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And the female.....
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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IMO you definitely have a female in the 2nd picture. Does the 'male' in the first picture have blue dots on the scales in a black circle? Some people sex GBRs that way, not just by the dark stripes on the pelvic fins.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:58 PM   #4
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The second is 100% for sure a female, only females have that pink stomach.
I think the first one is a male, too, but it's hard to be sure.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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correct.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:23 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone, appreciate the help. The LFS was pretty convinced about the male, but the pelvic black stripes threw me!
They seem to be pretty happy in their new home, and have been inseparable all day!
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I know that bolivian ram males can appear to be colored more like a female. it's kind of neat because the dominant male views them as a female and allows them in his territory. then while the dominant guy is away, the "cross dresser" can mate with the female and steal the original male's turf. talk about a homewrecker! I'm not sure if this behavior applies to the GBRs though.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:52 PM   #8
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UPDATE!!!
I can confirm they are a happy pair! They found a quiet spot of bogwood earlier today, and are now tending a clutch of 50+ eggs!!! All after less than 48 hours in the tank! Anyone with an insight as to how to increase the chances of them becoming fry?!! Very excited!!
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:59 PM   #9
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Apologies for rubbish photo quality!
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:09 PM   #10
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Ps. Current set-up
125l Planted Tank
External EFX200 filter
Aquaone internal filter
T5 lighting (8hrs per day)
CO2 system with diffuser, 30ppm
Silica Substrate
Planted Bogwood

Tank temp 26C
Ph 6.3
Gh 8
Nitrites/ammonia nil

Tank mates

5 pepper cory
6 bentosi tetra
6 cardinal tetra
1 bnp
1 sae
1 bamboo shrimp
2 assasin snail

Fed fish flake and bloodworm pellet daily
Once weekly blanched spinach and frozen bloodworm

25% weekly water changes
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:26 PM   #11
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My tank, 3 months in....
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:21 PM   #12
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I'm happy they've settled in! Guess they're loving their new home! Lovely tank!
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:18 AM   #13
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try to fit a sponge over your filter intake. that'll keep 'em from getting sucked up. the parents will guard the eggs, and sometimes even eat them. it may take a few tries for your parents to get it right. you will hopefully notice them "fanning" the eggs. this is done to keep the eggs getting good water circulation.

It's debated whether or not you should remove the eggs and put them in a breeder, or let the parents do their thing. I will be getting some GBRs in about a month and will hopefully be seeing the same results as you! very awesome that you got these results!!
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:12 PM   #14
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....murder in tank.....

Awoke this morning to find all the eggs gone....presumed heartlessly eaten by suspect fellow tank mates....
Identity parade and interrogation to follow.....
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:07 PM   #15
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Pepper Corys are pleading the 5th, BN Pleco employed Bamboo Shrimp as lawyer and playing hardball.....plea bargain on the table but the DA is pushing for a full confession......
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