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Old 12-18-2014, 08:19 AM   #1
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I've had GBRs since August. I have noticed they have not grown to much since I got them. I would like to make sure they have reached the appropriate size and possibly try to breed them. I feed them a mix of the tetra flakes and freeze dried blood worms. I have some pictures of the females and the other which im not sure the sex. I tried to grab a few pictures for size comparisons but they are both about the same size and maybe an inch long. My adult cherry barbs are a bit longer and for sure fatter. I'd say the rams are about a inch. Is this the appropriate size? What is the sex of the other ram? Any tips for breeding?
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Yours seem rather dark in color. Were they always like that? They should eventually be larger, like 2-3". What about your tank size, water parameters, water change schedule?

Freeze-dried bloodworms a couple of times a week is good. Make sure that you are soaking them in water for a few minutes prior to feeding, as freeze-dried foods can swell inside their stomachs. I'd go with a better flake or pellet food. I feed New Life Spectrum Optimum Community Flakes daily and supplement with New Life Spectrum Thera-A 1 mm sinking pellets. I also give them a fasting day, as GBRs are subject to over-eating.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:06 AM   #3
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Looks like you may have 2 females there. Food is bug with these guys too. I feed primarily frozen food, brine shrimp, cyclops and blood worms. Some cobalt flake and omega one super flake.. one inch is pretty small..it's a bit concerning that they have not grown in the 4-5 months you've had them.

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Water params are ph:6.7 kh: 5 gh:6-7 nitrates 10-20. 26 gallon tank. I didnt know about the freeze dried food could expand ill start to soak it. Will frozen foods be better?


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Heres a picture of the female a week or so after i got them (this picture was in September)


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Frozen is always better. I really like the new super brine, infused with spirulina... bloodworms once a week, flake once or twice a week. Frozen peas every so often. . What temp you at?

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About 77 deg.


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Too cold, they like 80 min.. makes a big difference w rams.. i keep my ram tank at 81, plants don't mind.

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Okay, ill crank it up. Would that slow their growth though?


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Absolutely, coupled with inadequate diet. No offense, just trying to help

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