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Old 11-11-2011, 12:44 PM   #1
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Electric Blue Rams (Neon Blue Rams)

I found a new LFS yesterday, and was really impressed with them. Small operation and the owner observes the livestock he buys and knows all his sources.

I had a couple GBRs that died very fast from a different LFS that I think were dyed, so hopefully these will live. The LFS owner thought I would have good luck, and tried to pick me out a male/female in hopes that I would breed them and sell some back to him. He gave me a few smaller pieces of slate for them to spawn on. Neat place...

I think this one is a male:

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and I think this is a female:

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They are both quite small still, around an inch or so. Comparable in size to my neons. Wish me luck!

I would welcome any advice that you have.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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It kinda looks like the top is a female and bottom is male, but I'd need more pics to get a better idea. They are hard to sex when young.

I bred EBRs for a while but I honestly got disgusted with how fragile they were, I had no problem breeding and raising them once I got the basics figured out the amount of random deaths seen by myself and by those that I sent them to in the following months just put me over it.
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It kinda looks like the top is a female and bottom is male, but I'd need more pics to get a better idea. They are hard to sex when young.

I bred EBRs for a while but I honestly got disgusted with how fragile they were, I had no problem breeding and raising them once I got the basics figured out the amount of random deaths seen by myself and by those that I sent them to in the following months just put me over it.
That stinks. For what they cost I hope they survive... I know they typically only live a couple years, but I was hoping these might be a better compromise than the GBRs that I had. I will be extra careful about water changes, then, and hope that helps them...
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:57 PM   #4
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Well considering how they are brought about, EBRs *should* be less hardy than GBRs just because of the amount of line breeding/inbreeding it takes to develop the electric blue variant. That said though I hope it works out for you, I know plenty of people who have good stories about them.
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Yeah. Like I said, I wonder if the GBRs I had were dyed. They were the only two fish I have lost, but I never could figure out exactly what did them in.

Care to share any of your breeding secrets? I don't think these guys will be ready for a while, but I would like to be prepared.
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What beauties! Good luck with them. I can't even keep GBR's alive for more than a month it seems, so I think you're brave to try with EBR's! Hmm, I've never seen dyed GBR's. They are so gorgeous, not sure why anyone would dye them...
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I am determined to keep rams somehow. They are the most amazing fish. I loved them the first time I saw them at the LFS!

I am thinking a 20% PWC every 3 days. What do you guys think, does that seem reasonable? I want to keep the water fresh, but disturb the fish less, so I am thinking smaller changes more frequently. Is that a sound plan?
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Yup, that's what I would do!
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I'd do 50% personally. My Routine with them was a water change every 3 days. Just use a high quality pellet an add in some live or frozen food Every once in awhile and they will breed when they're ready
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Okay, I will do 50% every three days then. That's the beauty of a water changer it is so easy!
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