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Erratic-Fish-Finatic 07-26-2016 10:20 PM

Blue Rams (Mikrogeophagus.ramirezi) Log
Brought this lil guy home yesterday and acclimated him to my 20 gallon breeder (which is currently housing my female GBR and female EBR). Trying to grow some clippings from my main tank as well (Java fern, narrow leaf ludwigia, and Hygro.polysperma)
Immediately after introducing him to my tank, the 3 fish began a flirt-fest and the new male paired off with my female GBR. Fast forward to this morning, The pair has cleaned off a piece of black slate, and the male has dug a pit. The female's egg tube in starting to extend, and she's beginning to get plump.
Happened to snap a few quick shots with my phone. I apologize for the poor quality, bad lighting and algae growing on my tank walls (camera couldn't focus). I will get better pics, once I've done some maintenance on the tank and relocate the lone female EBR. Pics really don't do justice for the pair, the colours and finnage on the male are really stunning in person. Love how high the male's dorsal ray extends, can kinda see it in picture #2 & 3.

cb1021 07-27-2016 11:56 AM

Where did you buy these rams? They look very healthy and not hormone injected.

Erratic-Fish-Finatic 07-27-2016 03:50 PM


Originally Posted by cb1021 (Post 1390802)
Where did you buy these rams? They look very healthy and not hormone injected.

The male from BigAl's Mississauga, and the female from Dragon Aquarium. Selected the best looking specimens from the tanks, looked for non intensified colours, body shape, and finnage. Unfortunately I forgot to ask where the rams were from. I'll give them a call today, to check the sources.

I was originally going to buy my rams from Finatics, as they're the best guys to get cichlids from in Sauga. Still planning to head there to grab a few pairs of GBRs and EBRs.

I might get in contact with Oliver from Below Water to see if I can get some wild pairs or a group.

Hope my current pair doesn't turn out to be infertile (fingers crossed).

Erratic-Fish-Finatic 07-27-2016 10:17 PM

Quick update with some awesome news!
The ram pair just started laying eggs on the piece of slate in their tank.
These are some early shots, the pair is still laying and fertilizing. Eggs looking good so far, hope everything goes well (The waiting game begins).

Erratic-Fish-Finatic 07-28-2016 12:52 AM

Can see eyes and spines slowly developing :)
Keep you guys posted.

Erratic-Fish-Finatic 07-28-2016 06:18 PM

Got some bad news guys. Just got home to discover my female eating the eggs. Over half of them are gone, all of them looked viabale too :(
I'll have to wait for another batch, will keep everyone posted.

cb1021 07-29-2016 03:16 PM

These are beautiful fish. Keep us posted

Erratic-Fish-Finatic 07-29-2016 08:49 PM


Originally Posted by cb1021 (Post 1391954)
These are beautiful fish. Keep us posted

Will do :)

Female is actually starting to get plump again, so we'll see what happens this time around.

Erratic-Fish-Finatic 07-29-2016 09:23 PM

Forgot to post about these guys, but these two were my old local bred pair.


Male and Female

Erratic-Fish-Finatic 08-04-2016 02:26 PM

Went to feed the pair this morning and noticed all the eggs were gone...

What I saw instead was the male guarding a clusters of wigglers in the pit he dug at the back of their tank :D
Not exactly sure how many there were, but my initial count of their nest was about 180-200. Will continue to give the pair their privacy and see if they can raise the fry to free swimmers. They seem to have gotten switching shifts down pretty well.
Keep you guys updated.

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