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Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 5:29 pm
by CatWhat
From observing the tank for a bit time to time the tetras do not show much interest (while the lights are on anyway) But I know for a fact that the %$&&$&&**@!@@ snails are getting their fill on them. Like you said Gary, I will need to go on a bit of a campaign to remove the snails. I don't feed very much so there isn't a huge amount of snails in there but its a 75G so I am sure they are spread out lol.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 5:32 pm
by Crazygar
Bait'em my friend. Place a piece of lettuce under a small saucer or plate and let it sit in the tank overnight. In the morning, slowly turn it over and you'll see tons of snails working away on the lettuce. Simply slowly remove from the tank and dispose of the snails into the garbage (never put down the sink/toilet/tub) and repeat until the population is greatly reduced.

Also during water changes, manually remove any you can see.

Gary

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:24 pm
by CatWhat
I finally took it upon myself to remove the whole piece of wood that one pair often spawn on. I left the eggs in the main tank for a couple of days then remove the wood with the eggs into a 5G bucket with aeration placed near the egg to help prevent fungus. I decided to put them in the bucket as I did not want to dedicate a tank to them as I was not even sure if they were fertilized or would hatch. But sure enough after a day or so I see some wriggers attached to the wood and darting around on the bottom of the bucket. I plan to leave them in there until they are free swimming then move them to a rearing tank.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:30 pm
by ScottFish
Congrats! Keep us posted.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:26 am
by twotone12valve
Sweet, do know if your Rams are a close to wild type blood line? Like maybe the 1st or 2nd generation from wild?

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:37 am
by CatWhat
The LFS did have them listed as wild caught, but I cannot be certain. What I do know is that they don't mind breeding in harder water then they are used to with a pH around 7.2 or so. So I am guessing they may not be wild caught as I would figure I would have a harder time getting them to breed.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:16 am
by mxo
dang! I'm jealous. The last 2 pairs I put in my community tank all died. One bonded pair kind of broke up after they got in my tank. It was perplexing to me.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:21 am
by Crazygar
The LFS did have them listed as wild caught, but I cannot be certain. What I do know is that they don't mind breeding in harder water then they are used to with a pH around 7.2 or so. So I am guessing they may not be wild caught as I would figure I would have a harder time getting them to breed.

Agreed, Wild Caught would never even attempt breeding at anything but a pH under 7, sometimes lower than that. How goes the wrigglers Catwhat?

Gary

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:48 am
by CatWhat
Good so far. Checked on them this morning and some are hanging on the wood and other are darting around on the bottom. I would say by tomorrow or the next day they will have absorbed their yolk sacs and should be free swimming. I have lots of green water ready for them and always have BBS hatcheries going as well. Once they get free swimming I'll start doing frequent water changes to keep them happy and healthy. It's a long process changing water in my fry tanks as I use an air line with an air stone attached so not to suck any fry up, then I usually drip the new water back in.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:25 pm
by Crazygar
Its a labor of love, we've all been there. Keep us posted

Gary

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:49 am
by CatWhat
Here is a poor cell phone video of the free swimming fry. I am surprised of how many there are, I thought I would only need up with a dozen or so.
http://vid1110.photobucket.com/albums/h ... df677e.mp4

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:58 am
by Crazygar
Ah, the Classic Home Hardware container! LOL, that's a lot of Fry! Guess you are going to need a good sized rearing tank

Gary

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:18 pm
by CatWhat
I have the remaining fry now in a 5.5G and then onto 20G and so on. But I also have the bucket still set up with yet another batch of wrigglers that hatched out yesterday. So there are even more fry on the way.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:33 am
by Crazygar
Are you supplying the local area CatWhat? Sounds like you have quite the operation going on down there. Good for you.

Gary

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:08 am
by CatWhat
Haha I certainly have the supply to accommodate the area. I'm sure I'll have no trouble giving them away. Just another fish to check off the breeding list for me.