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Old 05-30-2013, 08:13 PM   #31
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njmomie- If you are serious about trying to raise the fry, then you will absolutely have to remove the "community" from the community aquarium. The parents lack the size to fight off most "uninvited dinner guests." Also, snails and Corys will devour them given the chance. As far as parenting....most of the time, the male will drive the female away after spawning and will guard the eggs himself. They will alternate duties, usually when the male goes off to eat or chase away an intruder, but he will always return. It's also very common to have the parents eat the eggs after a day or two, or just after they hatch.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:27 PM   #32
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It's so funny how you can become hooked on something so quickly. I had no real intention of breeding rams. I just wanted a pair of pretty fish for my empty tank. But I've really enjoyed the process. So much so, that I'm thinking about setting up my spare 40G Breeder tank so I can keep some of the spawn.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:46 AM   #33
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I like to say that we are victims of our own success. My son and I started breeding rams about 6 years ago just as a hobby. I have always liked rams and thought it would be fun to try. We started off with 6 German Blue Rams in a 10 gallon tank. Within a year, we were up to 20 tanks, and now we have about 70 tanks, most of them devoted to Rams! My wife finally threw us out of the house , so we did what any reasonable fish-lover would do.....we built a new garage just for the fish!
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:04 AM   #34
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They're five weeks old today and really starting to look like FISH! I'm still feeding BBS and earthworm powder, but have also started to feed frozen daphnia which they seem to really like.

One thing that is very interesting is the range of sizes among the fry. The largest ones are at least 4x as big as a the smallest ones.

In this shot you can actually SEE the fry:


And here's a shot of dad, who I just think is beautiful:
Cute babies, and Dad looks fantastic! I can't wait to get my GBR (once my tank is more established).
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I noticed last night (and you can just see it in the top pic of the fry from yesterday) that they now have little black stripes on their fins!
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well my Gbr had there first spawn today . im alil concerned that the male didnt get the job done ... do these eggs looked fertilized


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If the eggs aren't eaten, you'll know in about 3 days when they hatch.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:01 PM   #38
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I Checked my tank after work today and the eggs were gone. i Assume they were eatin but why?
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That's a common problem with rams. Most of the captive bred fish that are in the hobby aren't very good parents. Sometimes after a few spawns they start to get the hang of it and are able to rear fry, but most of the time they just eat the eggs. If you want to increase you chances, remove the eggs and put them in a different tank and rear the fry yourself.
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question: My GBRs gave me eggs and I hatched them in a marina breeder box, most didn't make it past day 2, but there are some that are
still sitting on the bottom, and when I tap the box they pop and swim then back down again.

I fed them Brine shrimp this am....my question is how do I clean up the bottom left overs without getting them sucked up? I have a few pond snails in there, but they are just making more mess cause they eat and poop! Do I just turkey baster the bottom and hope I don't get any of the babies? I want to try to keep it as clean as possible, but they are soooo
darned hard to see.
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I hear the first first days of free swimming are the hardest (once they've depleated their egg sacs). My tank has lots of moss and I dosed it with powdered baby shrimp food for the first week.

I've never tried to rear fry in a breeder box, so I'm not sure of the best method for keeping it clean. I think most people use the baster method. You could also use a bit of tubing if you want something with a finer entry.
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I Checked my tank after work today and the eggs were gone. i Assume they were eatin but why?
I thought mine had been eaten too, but then a few days later there was suddenly a cloud of fry in the tank. If the eggs hatched, the parents might move the "wigglers" around and hide them until they're free swimming.
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Just checked today and I still have 10 freeswimming babies, eating good.
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Just checked today and I still have 10 freeswimming babies, eating good.
Awesome!
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Six weeks old today, the larger ones are starting to show markings on their faces.

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