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Betas may attack rams. The rams actually prefer smaller tanks. I have really never had good luck with rams in larger tanks. Rams in general are shy. See how these two do but Bolivians are much hardier and color up nicely.

I do think they are still adjusting though. Just have to wait it out. You have a but if a mishmash of fish types in there
 

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My Bolivian rams are an enigma. I'll say it right off. The first batch of 6 I bought seemed fine in my 40b but over the course of 2 months 5 of them died from what appeared to be a wasting of some kind. They ate but never seemed to attack the food whether it be New Life or flakes or live... The lone survivor is a large healthy male that hides a lot and stays almost 100% on the bottom of the tank. I have high light and pressurized CO2 and am not sure if this is the reason. His colors are outstanding when he lets me see him.

I just bought 6 more juveniles from a guy on aquabid and these little guys are a treat! I had them in a 15 gallon QT for 3 weeks until this past Friday when I transferred them to the main tank. Now they seem fine and adjusted and sit at the glass and stare at me lol.... But I am terrified that they'll go the way of the other ones so I am very vigilant at this point. My other concern is how the full grown male from the original batch will feel about these new kids..

This idea that they may prefer smaller tanks makes me :-(

They have some very curious behavior without doubt!

Where the heck are you buying them! I have 6 in my 50 with angels and never lost 1! I even got 2 pairs out of the 6. I also bought off aquabid

Mine are always out in front and super interactive (almost as much as my angelfish)
 

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Well, as of right now, they are in my fry tank, as I was unprepared for what I got myself into!
What's the smallest size tank a single electric blue ram can live in? I an considering returning one of them, and keeping the other in a 5.5 I have, or in my ten gallon.
Would either of these be good?
I have had 6 in a 10 gallon with a few ottos before and they did well. 2 in a 5.5 should be fine
 

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The original 6 came from a LFS of dubious repute that I had never been in before or since. They just happened to have them when I was in the market and I took a shot. I didn't even bother to take the bodies back to them because the hassle of getting there for me was not worth the effort. I have always had good luck with the stores locally and I never hesitate to use them when they have what I'm looking for. This particular store has been around since Moses but has fallen into some trouble with the ownership and things aren't probably as sanitary or organized as it once was. I don't know how long this place had these particular rams either. It was never discussed. They're so far out of my way that I took a good effort to get to these, too. Lesson learned I guess.

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definitely lessons learned. Heck, that's what aquarium keeping is :)
 

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For 1 pair of rams it has to be 10gals or bigger...
I have a feeling this is going to get into semantics as it fully depends on a number of factors including available bio-load on the tank (i had a ecco canister), layout of the scape (each pair had their own corner and had ample space to hide and breed), and over a few years of experience, I had better luck keeping rams and breeding rams in 10 gallon tanks then in tanks that are larger. They seem to do better in smaller tanks with water changes once a week. Being that they are often a sensitive fish, if you are going to keep them in a 5.5 or even 10 gallon, i would highly recommend using RO to make sure parameters are constant.
 
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