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Bolivian rams

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Anonymous

Thursday, 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.
thanks

  

joycedonley

Thursday, 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.

  

jeff s

Thursday, 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

 

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