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General message area: Bolivian rams
February 21, 2002 - 01:24 am
my Bolivian rams just layed eggs ans I want to remove them
from the tank, because last time they were eaten by other
fish. I was wondering ifcan i move the parents also or should
i just move the eggs. Please help me as soon as possible.
I would really like to save as many of them as I can.
February 21, 2002 - 09:11 am
I have no experience with Rams. I know with angel eggs you
should add a few drops of mehtyl blue to the fry tank so
the eggs do not become fungicided. The angel parents normally
will clean the eggs...I would guess Ram may do the same.
Also with angel eggs that are removed they suggest an airstone
under the eggs to help provide aereation and a little current.
Again on the angel breeding usually the eggs are moved to
a separate tank not the parents. I don't know how large
ram babies are, but my biggest worry would be food. With
angel fry they are small and you need to feed BB shrimp
that are hatched. I'd also use a bare tank so you can
remove any food waste from feeding the fry. Kick has bred
bettas and I think she has an article on raising fry on
the main page under reader submitted articles(check
for general information on breeding). Betta fry will
be a lot smaller than your ram fry, but the hatching process
may be similar.
February 21, 2002 - 12:30 pm
ram breeding been there..nice fish! great job on your part..now
you have 2 choices, you can remove the eggs or cover them
with a mesh or simply remove the parents..this route can
sometimes be detrimental though..rams tend to clean their
own eggs which is good as fungus can be a problem but they
may eat them also!..so my method was to remove at least
90% of the fry after they become free swimmers and place
them in a cycled 10 gal tank..you can syphyon out some water
from your main if you have too..oh be sure you have good
filter protection in you main tank on the hatch or you may
loose some in there..the fry are really sensitive to nitrates
so 30-50% water changes may be in order...after your fry
are ready to go from the 10 gal. be sure the tank you place
them in is big enough or you will loose them from overcrowding...I
belive leaving the parental bond in the main tank will ensure
breeding in the future...hope this helps a bit...good luck