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Re: Ram fragility

Title: Re: Ram fragility
Hi Brian!
How did you acidify the water down to 5.0-5.5??
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Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 8:16 PM
Subject: Re: Ram fragility

Good info Brian,
  I haven't kept them before. I guess I've just gotten lucky. I usually leave my breeding fish in bare bottom tanks. I also do partial water changes on everything except fry tanks once a week. My fry tanks get water partial water changes twice a week.
  With the Rams I keep the temp up around 85 and TDS low. Nice soft RO/DI water.
I had a spawn mid Dec and then another 3 weeks later. I also talked with a breeder friend of mine and he also had routine spawns every couple weeks. They are also the only dwarf except the Neo/lamprologus type that will actually attack my hand when changing a sponge filter or something like that. Seem pretty tuff to me.

I think some of my problem was using portland oregon tap water.  i never had success with that until I artificially acidified it down to 5.0-5.5 and raised the temp to 85.  not sure what the hardness was back then.

in ohio i've now got a tds/pH meter.  hardness of the tap is 200 (tds units, pretty soft) and pH is neutral.  I had success with rams in this water and also artificially acidified, temp high again.

I've never been able to raise a spawn though.  They always eat the fry within a few days of free swimming.

Brian Ahmer