Are German Blue Rams Difficult to Keep?

Tayful

I am very, very interested in getting a possible four German Blue Rams for my soon-to-be new 46 gallon bowfront tank. I've been doing quite a bit of research on them and I find them to be such beautiful fish. I was going to go with Angelfish as a variety for my average tropical community, but when I saw the GBR's I just fell in love!

I know they grow to be four inches or less (usually less), and that they're the opposite of aggressive. I hear they work very well in tropical community tanks and don't pick on other fish. From the ten or so different articles I've read, they don't require a close to exact PH or water hardness level, and they'll eat a variety.

However, I also read on almost all of the pages that they're difficult to care for. None of these pages state why, but that's what they say. I really want GBR's but I don't want to make a commitment until I know I'll be able to care for them properly.

Are German Blue Rams hard to take care of, and do they have any special needs different from other fish? I'd appreciate the help, thanks!
 

jack11

I'm not sure about caring for them, but from the research I did before I got mine, u need to be very careful when indroducing/acclimatizing them to a new tank.
 

Tom

They can be difficult to keep at times. Like a lot of other cichlids, you should add them when the tank is established. As for the special stuff, you need sinking food for them to eat since they rarely come to the surface.
Tom
 

Howeyg

I don't find mine hard to keep she is very easy to keep always first to the food and never starts any fights
 

Tayful

Thanks everyone! I'll try and do some further research on them and when I get mine I'll acclimate them carefully to the water and buy some sinking food. I also might make some of my own food for them to eat.
 

Tom


I know that I have made frozen brine shrimp/bloodworm cubes. I just took frozen **** and frozen BW and thawed it added a little more water and then poured it into the BW plastic conatiner and refroze it. The fish love it. It is easier then thawing some **** and thawing some BW and feeding it to them at the same time when I just throw in a cube of the mix and they go nuts.

Or someone here showed how to make veggie balls with cut-up veggies and mushed it all together to make little balls and then dropped it in the tank for the algae eaters and bottom feeders.
Tom
 

Sabi

I thought she meant chips and steak or something!
kidding!
 

Tom

I thought she meant chips and steak or something!
kidding!

I don't get it. lol
Tom












just kidding
 

Howeyg

that was a terrible joke not the slightest bit funny






















just kidding
 

Sabi

Seriously I might try giving them a tiny piece of raw steak!

















NOT kidding!
 

Tom

that was a terrible joke not the slightest bit funny

You're real nice. lol
Tom
 

Sabi

Right, from a leprechauns you became a cannibal . What next?
 

Tom

Right, from a leprechaun you became a cannibal . What next?

Who says leperchauns aren't cannibals to begin with?
Tom
 

Sabi

Who says leperchauns aren't cannibals to begin with?
Tom
If leperchauns are part of the fairy family then they are supposed to be good. Cannibals are bad.
 

Howeyg

depends what type of cannibal you are
 

Sabi

depends what type of cannibal you are
You mean that there actually is something called a good cannibal?>
 

Sabi

Anyway i'm going to bed. Shame, I wonder what Tay will think when she sees her thread!
 

Tom

Did you decide to get some? Or was it just a question out of curiousity?
Tom
 

Sabi

Did you decide to get some? Or was it just a question out of curiousity?
Tom
I was considering getting 2 discus + rams to go in my 67gal when I take out some fish.
 

Tom

I was considering getting 2 discus + rams to go in my 67gal when I take out some fish.

I wasn't talking to you. lol I'm kidding, but the question was really supposed to be directed to Tay.
Tom
 

Sabi

Lol, well heres your answer.
She wants to get them.

Thanks everyone! I'll try and do some further research on them and when I get mine I'll acclimate them carefully to the water and buy some sinking food. I also might make some of my own food for them to eat.
 

Tayful

I think that you all are crazy. When I was told this is a silly forum, I don't think I realized just how silly it really is! :;juan

Anyway i'm going to bed. Shame, I wonder what Tay will think when she sees her thread!
 

Sabi

That, Is what I thought you'd think.
 

Tayful



But anyway, thanks everyone for your help and advice. Where is the best place I can purchase some German Blue Rams? I can't find them in stores I go to here.
 

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