I've been keeping fish as an adult for 15 years now. I periodically try German Blue Rams with varied results. Most of the time they die. Once in a while I get a pair to live to spawn. Here is my question. What happens to these fish - they are born, raised, get shipped, live in the pet store tank, go to my tank and die. They usually die with the rapid breathing thing. They manage to live long enough to make it to the pet store. I assume it is something in the shipping through going into my tank. Is it poor quality stock - if so how did they manage to live long enough to get shipped to the pet store?