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Re: comercial rams

The way I kept my rams were in 15 and 20 gallon tanks with very soft water, 50 to 100 ppm "Ro mixed with a little tap".The ph was around 6 or so. I adjust my water barrels ph to 6 but the tanks all vary slightly. One tank had gravel and plastic plants the other tank was bare bottom, both had bubble filters both had some yarn mops for cover and both had flat rocks for spawning.Their tankmates were another ram or two they both raised their young to freeswimming when I missed their spawn. Just an observation on tankmates.The rams and some of my other ciclids seem to guard their young better if they have a threat  from  another fish of similar size and disposition. If the other fish is too aggressive they tend to eat their fry "from stress, or do they get more hungry fighting off  the other fish?" Also if the other fish is too passive or there is no other fish, I think the parents get bored and eat the fry. "People tend to eat when the get bored dont they?" Sometimes the other fish doesnt even have to be in the same tank  if tanks are right next to each other. Well I hope I didnt ramble too much and I hope this helps
Steve Hatfield
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Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2000 11:59 PM
Subject: Re: comercial rams

Yo Steve...yep you posted right!! =]
Anyway, could you describe the way the rams were kept?  Maybe some info like tank size, water param., tankmates, etc.  Assuming you had more than one pair, did they all raise their young?
BTW, welcome to the list...hehe...sorry to bombard you with questions your first time...=[
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Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2000 11:56 PM
Subject: comercial rams

Hello everyone
I have never posted anything on a mailing list so I hope im doing this right! I have had my petsmart blue rams raise their fry up to free swimming. then I removed the parents I had loades of fry from them last year.
Steve Hatfield