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German Blue Ram

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Anyone is keeping this type of fish?:fish::fish:
Fin Organism Underwater Adaptation Fish

Pls do share with me pls pls the care of this breed thank you
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Needs soft, acidic water. Is sensitive to ammonia and nitrate. Water must be clean and it should be at around 80 or more Fahrenheit (sorry using phone and can't think of Celsius right now). Live foods preferred, but dried foods are OK.
I have 6 of them and hydrosparky is right about the conditions. That however is for wild caught ones so if you had yours wild caught from South America, it would be best to replicate those conditions. If yours were local bred, it is more important to keep the water parameters similar to where it was raised and consistent. For example, I bought a couple F1 rams whose parents were wild. They were raised in water that was similar to wild environment so I kept my water to be soft and acidic.
My temperature is 81, which is good for keeping most Amazon fish that can tolerate higher temps. GBRs have been found in temperatures up to 86+! Or so I have heard.
Sexing them is difficult when they are younger. Once they begin to mature and color up it gets a bit easier to do. They are wonderful fish and I like mine a lot. If you can get F0 or F1 rams, they look AMAZING. I have 3 F1 and 3 local bred rams. You can tell the difference by a long shot.
I have four, this is one of my males:

I have two males and two females, the females have red bellies and shorter fins, also somewhat smaller fish. That photo is several week old at this point and the fish is a bit bigger and more filled out now. Gorgeous fish and lots of personality.

I keep them in a 50 gallon planted tank, kept at 79-80 degrees (it's like 79.7 or something like that) they're really lively and interactive, come to the front of the glass begging for food when I get home from work and walk past the tank. The two males display and squabble but don't seriously hurt each other or anything.

They are territorial and need their space, a square foot of territory per fish is a good rule of thumb.

I might end up loosing one of my females, she got bitten in a fight early on before they settled into their territories and it's an infected ulcer now. She eats fine and has good colour still and behaves as if nothing's wrong. I tried separating her out into a hospital tank and medicating etc. for a while but the ulcer didn't go down at all and she was unhappy there. Moved her back after the medication round was over and she was much happier (better colour and more active).

Anyway absolutely gorgeous little fish though, I have no idea where mine are in terms of wild caught, or how many generations from wild. I'm assuming not wild caught, I, not doing anything special with the water, it's fairly soft naturally but at ph 7.2ish
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