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I can't speak for the blue ram fry. But the bolivian fry are very large for their age, usually they are 3/4"-1" at 6 months of age. The black markings in the dorsal are the first color to develop at 3 weeks or so, along with blue sheen on the gill plates. The red in the anal fin and pelvic fins starts to be visible after a few months but isn't fully developed until 6 months or more. I have fry that are 9 months old and some of them still do not have yellow abdomens. Orange highlights in the dorsal and caudal develop around 7-8 months.

It sounds like your fry are ahead on growth. Generally bolivians grow very slow and are slow to develop their coloration as well. Most of their color starts developing at 5 months of age and they basically look like the adults at 9 months.

To suppliment the BBS you could crush up shrimp pellets. At 12 weeks of age I start trying to get them onto pellets. My fry always accept it eagerly.

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