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Old 03-03-2022, 10:08 AM   #1
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Dwarf Ram cichlids

I seem to not keep Dwarf Ram cichlids. I have tried to keep many of the with them dying within 2 months. I bought 6 baby [1 inch] rams in 10-2021 from a breeder in my area. Everything was going well. They were eating and showing great color. Than 1-2022 I noticed one was missing. Same month another missing. Within 2 months all were gone. They were being kept with bows Rainbows and Millennial bows and A few dwarf plecos. I read that they like a temp of 83. My tank is 78-79. Water is 0 nitrites and 20 nitrates. Ammonia is 0. 7,8 ph. Water changes 8 gals every 7-10 days. 40 gal tank heavily planted double filtered. The tank mates are all at least one year in tank. Can't figure it out. I'm chalking it up to some fish cannot be kept.
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As per your previous thread. Your water temperature is a little on the low side for blue rams.

You might have better luck with bolivian rams which are more suited to the water temperature you have. Or set up a tank with blue rams in mind and stock other fish around the needs of the rams.
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Thanks so much.I would like to try bolivian rams. But How would I know if I am getting real Bolivians? I see many different rams in fish stores. there are some that say Bolivian but look like all the others. Thanks
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It's possible the Rainbows are just way too fast for your Rams. Having had both species in the past (not together) I can tell you that the Rainbows are voracious eaters and it would be hard for the Rams to compete with them for food.
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Gilpi Thanks. It could be. I watched those rainbows scarf down bloodworm like spaghetti. Maybe the rams didn't get enough to eat.
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