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Breeding German Blue Rams

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by LittleBean, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. LittleBean

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    Hello! I'm pretty new here so this is my first post!:)
    Some Background info: I have a 20 gallon freshwater with a pair of peacock gudgeons, a pair of neon blue gobies, some neon tetras, and 2 german blue rams that I just got recently (a couple days ago). I have sand with an Amazon Sword, a very small amount of dwarf hair grass, and some Anubis Nana and flat rocks (soon to get more plants).

    So I got my first ram a couple days ago and it was easily determined that she was a female by her markings and what not, then the following 2 days after I got her I got my second one. The sex of this guy was kinda hard to tell, so I gave him a day or two to color up. As of last night I'm almost positive that he is actually a male, but now it's becoming pretty obvious that they are trying to breed/spawn/nest together/etc. They are almost never apart, get very defensive when other fish (besides my neons) get within their "territory", and since this morning the male has been nudging the female's side and being feisty. They began digging a little hole/nest in the front corner but then they soon moved on and claimed the big flat rock I have in the middle of my tank and started digging a little section in the front behind the little bit of grass. I'm not quite sure how to go about tending to them or if they need anything special? I heard they enjoy caves and hiding spots especially when they're "nesting" so I'm going to be setting up some more rocks to create a hiding place or mini cave. I've looked around at other posts and information but the information really varies. If anyone has any first-hand experience with breeding rams that they'd like to share or any info they have on this type of stuff I would appreciate it greatly. Thanks! :)
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    Hello :)
    They need a flat rock or two so they can choose a rock to lay their eggs on. My pair, like clockwork, lays eggs every 6 days. (they also eat the eggs by the 40th hour so I've been trying different things) Theres a site that sells GBR online that has a lot of information, germanbluerams com, the part that's missing from their site is how they successfully breed them. I cannot figure that part out.
    Perhaps someone else can chime in?:(
     
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    I would remove all other fish except the Rams. They see the other fish as a threat to the fry so they will not raise fry in a tank where they will just get eaten. The female goes through the motions and gets rid of the eggs from her body because she will do that anyway, with or without a male at some point. You might also cover all sides of the tank w/ black construction paper to give them more security leaving a cut-away flap for you to monitor progress.

    You will also need another tank to raise the fry in and they will need to be separated anywhere from 2-6 months old, depending on the species and how bad the parents start behaving.
     

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