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  • Posted on: 10/2/2012 17:21
Re: Bolivian Ram parenting skills #31


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  • Posted on: 9/2/2012 10:20
Re: Bolivian Ram parenting skills #32
HI Ella,

none at all unfortunately :(

The rams spawned again a month a later and I syphoned a bunch out (about ten). One of that lot survived and is back in the community with the rest of them.

I already have the spare tank set up and waiting for a few free-swimmers to transfer to from this new spawn. Hoping to repeat the process and get at least one tiddler raised to adult hood.

After that I'll probably not try to raise any more, I don't have the tank space to support any extra rams. But who knows what might happen :)

Here is a vid taken in early December of that tiddler who survived.

Tiddler

I should do a new one. His colour has really started to develop on his fins in the past month


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  • Posted on: 9/2/2012 9:03
Re: Bolivian Ram parenting skills #33
They are excellent fish.

I don't have any current pictures.

here is a little video (bad quality) of the first successful spawn I had in the tank back in September

RAM spawn

Different female to the current spawn though.


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  • Posted on: 8/2/2012 13:01
Bolivian Ram parenting skills #34
Just thought I'd mention my male Bolivian Ram displayed something quite awesome last night, not once, but twice.

I've seen him taking wigglers from one pit to another plenty of times, whereas his current mate doesn't do anything to help other than look on perplexed (first time spawn, I'm sure she'll cotton on to it all with practise).

Tonight I needed to replant a couple of stem plants that had been uprooted by their pit building and substrate rescaping. As I started the process I saw the male gather up every single one in his mouth in one go and keep them there until I'd left the tank and it had all settled down again when he dispatched them back into the original pit.

Then again later, I dropped some food in the tank and I usually try to do it away from them to ensure the fish steer clear when feeding, only this time some of the sinking pellets ended up right by the nest. Once more he gathered the brood in his mouth and patrolled around with them in there for five or ten minutes, then spat them back out again into the pit when all feeding excitement had ended.

That's pretty awesome in my opinion :)


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  • Posted on: 6/2/2012 21:16
Re: Choice of aquarium and cabinet #35
I've got a Fluval Roma 200. I got it second hand for about 85 quid which was pretty good value. I like the design of the hood, and I think the tank looks the part but it has a major flaw: It leaks out of the hood. So if you go for one, be prepared for that. On that basis alone I couldn't reccommend.

It is a pretty well known design fault with the Fluval Romas :( My leak isn't THAT bad, but it makes a mess of the glass in the corner where it runs down.


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  • Posted on: 3/2/2012 19:23
Re: Blue Acara #36
Since you both only refer to keeping them as pairs I assume you shouldn't house a single Acara then as a main feature fish (for want of a better term)?

Nevertheless I think I've struck this particular idea out of my mind until I have bigger house / bigger tanks.


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  • Posted on: 3/2/2012 16:35
Blue Acara #37
HI

Had a stroll through a new fish shop in town today, quite impressed with the diversity of fish on sale amd saw some lovely Blue Acaras which really captured my attention and admiration.

I'm stocked to the brim at the moment in my main 200l tank, 4 adult Bolivians, one tiddler Bolivian (still going strong!) 6 cherry barbs, 6 corydoras sterbai and some assorted halequins and minnows which are thinning out through natural causes over time. And about 8 Armano shrimp. I don't expect I could fit a blue acara in with that lot, so no expectations on getting one in there.

But it got me thinking. Given a 150l or 200l tank, what could I feasibly have co-existing with a Blue Acara? And what stock from the above selection might be compatible?

As a side note, two of my rams are spawning at this very minute. Hurrah!


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  • Posted on: 24/1/2012 12:43
Re: Rasboras #38
Harlequins are awesome fish to inhabit the top of the tank. Always on the move and with lovely markings. Just watch out if you have any open holes in your tank hood they can jump out of the most unlikely places. I "lost" a few and discovered them on the carpet!


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  • Posted on: 14/12/2011 10:38
Re: Remineralisation #39
How rude of me not to thank you both for your suggestions.

I haven't yet made the move to adding minerals but I am thinking of trying the equilibrium product first. I'm fed up with having buckets of tap water hanging around for 24 hours+ prior to water changes.


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  • Posted on: 12/12/2011 9:55
Re: Baby Bolivian Ram Pics #40
Tiddler in motion

Just a quick (rubbish) iphone video of the tiddler in action in the main tank. SO far doing well, has already started to eat other things, caught him with a big blood worm stuck in his mouth yesterday. Looked like a bright red cigar!



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