Originally Posted by Jmaxey71
Hey thanks eco23! I have considered a small cichlid like a ram as a centerpiece fish but wondered about the compatability of it with others and are the water parameters same for both? Is GBR a blue ram?
Yep, GBR is German Blue Ram. The GBR's are definitely more sensitive, and it can be difficult to find good stock. They have a notoriety of being perfectly healthy and suddenly dying for no reason other than they have been over-bred (happened to me :-( ). Bolivians are much more hardy and also beautiful.
I have a male Bolivian Ram with schools of Neons, Danios, Red Eye Tetras and both Amano and Red Cherry Shrimp. He is as peaceful as can be and has formed a rather odd relationship with my Red Eyes. For some reason they have adopted him as their leader and follow him lovingly around the tank, lol.
They are both said to prefer soft, acidic water...but as long as they are acclimated properly they can adapt (especially the Bolivian). There are some very respected members on the site who breed Rams, and it's definitely worth looking into purchasing from a private breeder rather than chain stores when it comes to more rare fish