Originally Posted by Jmunroe
When the tank was cycled what did you cycle it with? After it was cycled how did you keep it cycled? Blue Rams are very sensitive fish. Even more than discus I find. They need soft acidic water. And warm. 77 is too cold for them. 84 is a good temp.
The tank was cycled 4 or 5 months ago using natural methods and then adding fish. I had a nitrate spike that I missed (was testing for nitrites and ammonia but skipped nitrates) that killed off my guppies i had in there. I got that under control over a month and then added some more plants. I just didn't have it in me to restart the tank after losing my 6 guppies I had over a year.
I thought I had read somewhere that the temperature was 78 degrees for Blue Rams. That must have been part of the problem as it never seemed to adjust well and did not swim around much. I dont think the LFS
I got them from keeps their tanks warmer than 76. And they had glowlights in with the rams as well.
I feel really stupid now for not reading even more, or reading enough. Can't just take a few sites info, need to check many sites to compare information. I really take it hard when I lose larger fish, especially colorful ones. And even more so when it must have been my fault.
I had read that they are sensitive to nitrates, so I had been avoiding them. But I was keeping my nitrates at 5ppm without issue so I thought I could keep one.
I did read mixed results about the 10 gallon thing. I think I am going to just stick with my 6 tetras and maybe some pygmy corries and that is it for this tank. I am going to save up some resources and maybe start a proper ram only tank.
I have also read mixed results about the temp. I see some places say 72 to 80. Some 80 to 84. Really hard to know what is right.
Just really let down all around on this one.