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Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:41 pm
by CatWhat
I noticed a pair did some what form from the six blue rams I got 10 days ago but did not think they would breed this soon. Today after the weekly water change I noticed the females breeding tube to be fairly visible, after a few hours I seen they had laid eggs on the piece of drift wood they had been hanging by for the last week. This is their first spawn so I am not sure if they will keep them the full term. Fingers crossed.
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Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:07 am
by CatWhat
I'm surprised at the parental care from the pair so far. I am used to seeing bi-parental care with the females fanning primarily and the male defending the area. But this pair is going about it a bit different, with the male doing most of the fanning and defending while the female wanders around the tank.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:05 am
by Crazygar
Interesting, I guess we know whom wears the pants in that household eh? Ha ha.

Gary

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:09 pm
by PaulD
Congratulations! These fish on my list of fish to acquire.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:35 pm
by Crazygar
Strange how the roles have reversed, what else is in the tank with them that they could perceive as a threat?

Gary

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:40 pm
by ScottFish
I remember seeing a picture of theses beauties with some fry in one of my first Aquarium books. I was hooked! Awesome, and save the fry!

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:00 pm
by CatWhat
This clutch of eggs did not last, I am thinking they hatched but the fry were eaten by the parents or tankmates. I could see the empty egg casings on the wood but no fry. It was their first time breeding so they may need more practice. Their tankmates are ember tetras, black neons, and four other blue rams, in a 75g. The pair are showing signs again, the female has a bright pink belly and they have a couple of pits dug near the same piece of drift wood they spawned on before. If they do have success the next time around I will remove the free swimming fry to a rearing tank for sure.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:39 am
by CatWhat
Speak of the devil. A few hours of writing this post I noticed the pair had laid again. So I hope the fry can get to the free swimming stage so I can remove some for grow out.

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Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:16 am
by ScottFish
Looking good. I love the colors.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:02 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
Congratulations! :thumb:

I love the pictures! Very cool. I so want to do the same! I will just have to live through this until than. :D

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:15 pm
by CatWhat
Surprise surprise, no eggs this evening. Last night I did notice some snails over the eggs, so not sure if they made away with them or the parents ate them this morning. They are certainly slow learners, never seen cichlids with such relaxed egg protection. I would remove the eggs but they have been laying them on a decent sized piece of drift wood so removing the wood is a pain for sure.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:29 pm
by freshfish
You going to set up a breeding tank for them, or just keep letting nature take its course?

I had some Rams that would breed every 2 weeks for months on end in my 90gal once. Never did have any eggs make it past the first 24 hours though, as it was a community tank.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:02 am
by CatWhat
I may remove them in the future once I have my tank rack setup and allow them to breed on their own.

Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:08 pm
by CatWhat
Another pair spawned today, I just got the female friday. Didn't her long to settle in at all. Hopefully this pair will be better parents then the other pair.
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Re: Blue Rams Bred!!

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 9:42 am
by Crazygar
It may take a few attempts but they'll finally figure it out. They will eventually learn to be good parents. Though your tank is full of fish that could perceive the eggs as a "ready to eat treat", and until the Parents figure out their have a Role in protecting the eggs, they'll be eaten.

Snails, I'd remove as much as I can to ensure they don't eat the eggs.

Gary