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One of the most rewarding sights in the aquarium hobby is seeing a proud pair of Rams carefully fan the nest and chase off “intruders.” Eventually they will escort the cloud of fry around the tank, as they herd them, protect them and teach them to fend for themselves. One of the most frustrating experiences is this hobby is to see a beautiful pair of fish eat spawn after spawn of eggs! From our personal experiences, Rams are notoriously poor parents. Of the hundreds of spawns we have been fortunate enough to receive, NONE of the parents have ever successfully raised their own fry. Most eggs are eaten between 24-48 hours after the fish spawn. We know other breeders that have had success with parent-raised fry, but not us! After trying dozens of times, we long ago abandoned the idea of allowing the parents to try and raise their own fry. The question then becomes “How do we raise the fry artificially?”
Although ram cichlids are peaceful fish most of the time, they can become territorial during spawning and fry care.
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Bolivian rams are a relatively hardy cichlid, and are more tolerant of variable water conditions and lower temperatures than other comparable fish. However, they still require absolutely pristine water conditions, so extra care must be taken to maintain their aquariums. Sorority with a Ram? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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Photo provided by FlickrOverview: The German Ram is a relatively easy to care for fish with little requirements
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The German blue ram forms monogamous pairs and both parents engage in brood care. If you want a breeding pair to form you can purchase a group of juvenile fish and let them grow up together. They will then form their own pairs as they reach sexually maturity. German blue rams can reach sexual maturity at a fairly young age; sometimes the fish is no older than 4-6 months. The placement of the Ram out of the genus Apistogramma issomewhat based on its difference in spawning behavior compared withthose other dwarf cichlids, which are cave or shelter spawners (Ramsspawn out in the open on rocks, leaves, even gravel... maybe coveringthe spawn with it if it's fine grade). Up to five hundred eggs arelaid in small batches, fertilized by the male and cared for by bothparents. Rams are notably such bad egg-eaters that it is suggested thatyou locate their spawning tank out of outside traffic, or cover thesides with paper... and provide "dither-fish" (like zebraDanios) to reduce stress. This latter technique and possibly leavingsome light on or near the aquarium may help with keeping thesenotorious spawn-eaters from consuming their young. Some breeders removethe male as his role is largely territorial in nature, others removeboth parents or the young and rear them separately, hence avoidingtheir consumption by the parents. "The Gold German Ram is a beautiful golden (xanthistic) variety of the Blue German Ram which is a dwarf cichlid indigenous to Bolivia, Venezuela and Columbia. Our strain was originally exported to Germany in the late 1940s. We obtained the strain directly from german breeders and have since outcrossed with a very large and beautiful wild caught strain from Columbia. It is one of two members of the Genus Mikrogeophagus. It's species name is ramirezi. Full grown (and well fed) male adults can reach three inches long and 10 grams in weight. The Ram is a typical cichlid in that it is a pair-bonding, care-giving, somewhat territorial species. However it is an excellent community fish as it only requires a small space and gets along with most species. Our Rams have been show champions on many occasions. "The German Blue Ram has a bad reputation of being an extremely delicate and difficult fish to keep and often times that scares people away. In reality that’s not entirely true, there is a problem with the quality of some German Blue Rams though. They are often inbred to achieve the brightest colors but by doing so the breeders weaken the gene pool. Some fish are even injected or grown with hormones to increase the vibrancy of the fish’s color. What this ultimately leads to is a very fragile fish which is prone to illness. If you get your from a reputable source they are actually quite hardy fish, provided your water is clean.