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Old 07-10-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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My rams laid eggs :)))

Past couple days I was wondering if my German blue rams were paired and I looked over at my tank and I saw them laying eggs I'm soo pumped. What should I get to feed them?
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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Another question. I have a dwarf gourami and he's pickin on the rams and he's too big for the rams. I'm scared he will eat a lot of the fry. Should I get rid of him and get another dither fish?
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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I don't know much about fry but I heard you feed very small brine shrimp and increase the size as they grow. Do you have a tank to keep the fry in after they hatch??
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You will definitely want to separate the gourami as the parents will become "dangerous"! They will eat the eggs and you could feed the fry finely crushed food, hikari first bites, and baby brine shrimp!
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:51 PM   #5
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I have a 10 gallon tank that's empty but has no water in it. Do the fry need a separate tank? I'm gonna get it up right now.
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You may not have to separate the parents, the eggs or other fish because cichlids are "great" parents for taking care of their fry, allow mother nature to takes its course, tank mates would be terrified to even try to eat the fry!
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You may not have to separate the parents, the eggs or other fish because cichlids are "great" parents for taking care of their fry, allow mother nature to takes its course, tank mates would be terrified to even try to eat the fry!
Correction, *most* cichlids are excellent parents. However, GBRs have been so overbred that they have mostly lost that strong parental instinct. Separate the gourami, don't add any dither fish, unless they are top dwelling fish like some hatchets. This batch will probably not make it, the first batch hardly ever does, they'll get better as the number of batches increases
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:08 AM   #8
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BBS are too big for the fry to eat until they are about a week or two old. I've had the best luck with vinegar eels and greenwater/infusoria. Between the high potential for the parents to be terrible/fry eaters and tankmates there is not much chance for the fry to survive in the main tank, I'd move them as soon as possible. You can move the eggs if they are on something that you can take out, just fill the hatching tank with water that was recently removed from the main tank so there is no difference in parameters and put some aeration near the eggs to help keep fungus away.

Alternatively you can wait till the eggs hatch, the parents will move the wigglers to another spot (usually) and you can suck them up with a turkey baster at that point. It becomes much more difficult when they are free swimming.
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Well I moved the gourami to a fish breeder for now. Would he be okay in a ten gal tank? I think I'm going to leave them in there but take the gourami out and put him in ten gallon ASAP. What you recommend some dither fish or just forget that?
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No, even peaceful schoolers will snack on the fry if you do decide to leave them in there. I don't think the pair will need much encouragement right now anyway, they probably have plenty of attitude as it is.
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I don't want them to take it out on each other. Lol
All I have in there with them are two shrimp and 2 Cory's I don't want em to eat any tho
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Cories are known to be egg eaters fyi :/
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Really? Well I have confidence in my rams. They're pretty good protectors so far. I heard I should keep a small light on them to help them see other fish at night. Should I do that?
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Well you guys were right... I woke up this morning and all the eggs were gone idk what happend. I woke upand there was a ghost shrimp were the eggs were but I doubt they let him eat all the eggs
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If the parents are still being reclusive or defensive then they may have moved them. It's about the right time for them to have hatched into wigglers.
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They're are still kinda guarding the same spot
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Actually they're kinda gaurdin my java moss. Maybe they moved them in there. Would I be able to see them?
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You should be able to see them, they'll be about the size of the eggs and vibrating.
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Will they be on the ground? I can't really see in there but they kicked the shrimp and cories out of there and are being defensive over it
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