Originally Posted by dudleystinks
You obviously know the differnce between the angel fish sexes so could you tell me please?
You assume too much
. Yes, I have a couple breeding pairs, but that doesn't mean I can sex the darn things. I put 5+ in a tank, let them grow, and they pair off. The one that lays the eggs is the female
. Until they spawn, no observation method is foolproof. Google "angelfish sexing" and you'll get all kinds of dilettantes that think they have the magic bullet.
I raised many dozens of ram fry in a 10 gallon tank until they reached 1cm or so. Then, they started to die (probably because my sponge filter had not yet colonized), so I moved them to a large planted tank where they reached maturity. I think a 10 gal could easily raise 20-40 rams to "pet store" size, IF you maintain good water quality.
And your LFS will likely give you store credit for rams. A big, sloppy pleco is more of a PIA than an asset - it will be hard to sell. But, rams (and angelfish) are lucrative and popular. Locally raised always do better than imported. The stores know this. On your first visit (with the manager), take him 5-10 fish to "test". Once they sell, you'll have a client as long as you are breeding. I established relationships with many local stores. I used to wonder how I would unload so many angelfish, endlers, cherry shrimp... Now, I can't keep up with the demand. Raise beautiful, healthy fish and you'll have a market
Best of luck to ya. It's a lot of fun (when it works