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Does anyone know how to successfully keep rams alive?

Postby cichlidluvr82 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:39 am

So I've come through 8 ram cichlids in the past couple years and not one has lived more than 4 months. I've had electric blue, gold and German blue. It doesn't matter how healthy they were, and how perfect my water parameters were. They all died due to unknown causes out of the blue. Like 1 day they were fine, then all of a sudden they were breathing very hard. They are so peaceful and beautiful. One of my favorite fish. But I'm really disheartened so I'm scared that if I get anymore they will die within 4 months. I know they are generally really sensitive and hard to keep alive that long. Does anyone have any suggestions and has anyone successfully kept them alive for a decent amount of time? And are bolivian rams hardier because that's what I've read.
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Re: Does anyone know how to successfully keep rams alive?

Postby nodima » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:47 am

Been a long time since I've tried Rams, and I've had better luck with Bolivian Rams than with the others. What are your tank parameters? IIRC, Rams do better in higher water temperatures.
180 gal - Tanganyikan community tank: Tropheus Bemba, Synodontis Petricola, Compressiceps

125gal - South American community: Geophagus, Acara, Angels, Severum, Festivum

75gal - Planted SA tank
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Re: Does anyone know how to successfully keep rams alive?

Postby cichlidluvr82 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:24 pm

Temp is 80. Ammonia is always 0. Nitrite is always 0. Nitrates is usually at 10.
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Re: Does anyone know how to successfully keep rams alive?

Postby nannacara abnormala » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:31 am

With rams, its sometimes more about what genetic material you buy (inbred specimens). The average ram in your LFS has been grown with use of hormones, antibiotics etc, in combination with no breeding plan to prevent inbreeding. The combination of these factors makes the fish incredibly sensitive to pretty much anything. beautiful fish nonetheless, but a pain to keep.
Bolivian rams in general have less inbreeding depressions. If provided correct water parameters, they are more likely to flourish than the ones you've been keeping. My father had a pair of bolivian rams for seven years in his south american community aquarium before the male developed problems with his air blatter.
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Re: Does anyone know how to successfully keep rams alive?

Postby Bd79 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:28 pm

If it makes you feel better, I’ve had similar experiences with GBRs. I just can’t keep them for very long. I’ve been very successful with all sorts of fish, but not GBRs.
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