Hi all, slightly inspired by the baby angelfish thread :) here are a couple of pictures of my two remaining ram babies. Laid a month ago today, they've been free-swimming for three weeks. Pleased as punch they've made it this far in a spare 60l tank I have. (I only managed to save 8 from the tank before they all disappeared so I think I've been lucky these two have survived).
Recently installed an RO unit under the sink - sick of to-ing and fro-ing between the LFS and my house especially now that my Bolivians are regularly spawning I have a need of more RO water for fry tanks.
The unit is giving me RO with a TDS of 10, pre-filtered water is measuring 380-405 TDS, with a GH of 18-odd. I am not using a DI to get it right down to 0, I think that would be overkill.
I mix it with tap water to get a kh of 5, gh of 8, ph 7.4 (using API test kits), but I'm wondering what sort of minerals I could buy instead to re-mineralise the water - and whether it would actually be worthwhile? I assume something branded for use with Discus would be the right sort of product?
Hi Grim have you considered the humble jolly awesome Bolivian Ram at all? Beautiful to look at, very cheeky little characters, pretty peaceful with other fish - even when trying to defend their young - and great to watch as they go about their tank rescaping business when they have young. I've found them to be very tolerant of water parameters too. Mine are in RO/thames water mixed, 8 gh, 5 kh, ph 7.4 ish, and have just started to breed. As of today, no survivors from their first spawn of two weeks ago ( :( ) but with a community of eat-anything-cherry barbs that isn't surprising!
When is it appropriate to return a fish to the main tank
Hi I've been treating a Bolivian Ram in quarantine for the past week initially with melafix (did nothing, not sure this ever does anything useful for sick fish) and then a combination of esha 2000 and esha exit. Symptons were mainly flashing against the substrate, some lighter patches on the skin and fins looking ragged. I believe it was stress brought on from harassment by the dominant male (who has since paired up with the other female in the tank, spawned and are tending to a group of 20 or so free swimmers).
She appaears to have made a full recovery - no more flashing, skin looks healthy. The final esha treatment was yesterday.
When would it be appropriate to return this fish to the tank? She's actually going to be united in a spare tank with another displaced ram, a sub dominant male from the main tank who is chilling out by himself so he isn't unduely harrased (or indeed harassing them) by the mated pair as they defend their young.
I've had a few fish stuck behind an Elite Stingway. In my opinion they're rubbish filters with a serious design flaw. Get rid of it and replace with something less gimmicky that won't make it easy for inquisitive fish to commit suicide behind it.