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German Blue Rams just spawned! What do I do?

I just got a pair of Rams on Saturday. Today I noticed that I didn't see them swimming all over the tank. I found them at the back of the tank behind an amazon sword, swimming around a little pit they had made. I got all excited and saw little eggs! My pearl gouramis are hovering around, trying to get a bite, and I'm sure my congo tetras would be all over them (but they usually stay at the front of the tank swimming around).

The tank is well-planted, but of course there are filter strainers nearby I'll have to cover with filter pad material. I don't have a separate tank to house them, and of course they laid them on the gravel, not on a rock, so I don't know how I'd get them out anyways.

Sorry so long, but what should I do? I figure if they hatch, I need to get some brine shrimp and maybe a divider. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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infusoria works pretty well too. i understand they're too small to eat brine shrimp for the first few days. you could try microworms if you have any
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go to the south american sub-forum and ask there. there are a few GBR breeders there that can help you out. Unfortunatly, in this situation, you'll probably lose all the fry. The good news is the rams know what they're doing and you can pull them and spawn them in another tank as per the guidance of the guys on that board. You could probably raise some fry if you do it right
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My rams continually spawn and the eggs often hatch to free swimmers. My tank is well planted but they never seem to develop. If I want to keep the spawn i pull the rock the eggs are on or carefully siphon out the little wrigglers. i have a small 5 gallon where i put some java moss and a sponge filter.

Here's what ive found thus far online

For food I used microwoms and started a culture of infusoria. I also use decapsulated brine shrimp.

decapulating brine shrimp eggs: http://www.baker.ws/decap/decap.htm

Raising Rams:
http://www.aquatic-hobbyist.com/prof...mbreeding.html
http://www.cathygeier.freeservers.co...ivian_rams.htm

I think that hardest thing to do is get food small enough for the fry. I got my microworm culture on ebay. My first spawn only 6 fry survived, they're getting big now.

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Congrats on the rams. My apisto's lay eggs regularly and I've had one batch that made it past the other fish eating the eggs. I didn't actually do anything for them. I just let them grow and if they made it they made it, if not, then oh well. The other fish picked a few off after a while, but once they got past the wriggler stage, they seemed to munch on the plants and wood in my tank. I know they weren't actually eating the plants and wood, but apparently there was enough food for them in one way or another. 2 and a half months later, I've got one left and she's getting pretty big. She still hides from my Geophagus and my Panchax though. I can't wait till she's bigger and is a hell raiser like the parents. So, long story short, you may just be able to let them do their own thing and they'll grow up on their own. My tank is around 60 gallons with tons of plants and several pieces of large wood.
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Sadly, they ate the eggs The next time I see any eggs, I'll put a tank divider up, or move them into a net breeder since I don't have a spare tank. I hope that works, I was so bummed! Thank you all though, I will keep these suggestions in mind when they spawn again (if they do).

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Keep an eye out...they move the eggs sometimes. I've thought the same thing in the past and was surprised later to find the male escorting some free swimmers around.
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I wish you good luck with finding wrigglers later in the tank. As long as you don't have any other predators in the tank you should hopefully be alright. I have too many so all my cory cat/panchax/apisto eggs usually get eaten.
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