Sucks about the dead fish. How old is the tank? It is possible that 14 neon tetras might have increased the bio-load too much.
Adding 14 new fish at once is the problem, even if your tank was cycled, adding that many new fish most likely created an ammonia spike. Also if your ram was bought in a big chain store most likely they were heavily inbred and sensitive to begin with. Look for local breeders and buy from them.Hi guys, so I have a 29g tank and it had 1 GBR (male) and I added an electric blue ram (female) last weekend. Then yesterday I added about 14 neon tetras to the tank as well.......
this is simply not true.Adding 14 new fish at once is the problem, even if your tank was cycled, adding that many new fish most likely created an ammonia spike. Also if your ram was bought in a big chain store most likely they were heavily inbred and sensitive to begin with. Look for local breeders and buy from them.
Philip, you have a heavy planted tank, the plant can take in ammonia and the size of the tank.
The issue could be bio load and stress.
I feel your pain my man. In my short experience with rams and what from reading countless forums and articles I've come to the conclusion that rams are just very, very sensitive and difficult to keep. They appear to die for no reason although some may disagree. Good stock also seems to be a crucial factor in success of keeping rams. Try this site http://www.germanbluerams.com if you plan to try again. I'll be ordering from them soon as I've heard they're a pretty reputable source for good quality stock.Well I've got more bad news. I literally just watched my other female electric ram die as well
The GBR I had for about 3 months. There were no visual signs of any disease when he died. The electric one I have had for 2 1/2 weeks.
Today I saw the electric blue ram was resting at the bottom of my tank, and looked to be gasping for air. I came back a few minutes later and she was upside down on one of the plants. Again no spots or anything on her body. Btw my tank is medium planted.
I checked water parameters, everything seems fine. nitrates are about the same since I checked on Sunday. Water seemed a bit warm, thermometer read 80. I turned it down just a bit.
Surprisingly all 14 neons are fine, and they look great.