Hello fish friends! I am starting a new breeding journal. BLACK GERMAN RAMS!!!! And I am beyond excited about it!! Here is my story, and please stay tuned for pics and video!! I have a local LFS who isn’t a very large store, but they focus on rare and unusual fish that you don’t see very often. They got in these Black German rams and I just HAD to have them! I am normally not super impulsive, particularly when getting a new species of fish that I don’t know a whole lot about. But I had to do it. They would have been sold out if I waited even one more day. Luckily these ones were large enough that they were already sexable at the store. And I got a male and female pair for just $36. That was an EXCELLENT deal. I saw a pair being sold somewhere online for $100! (when I was doing my research on my new fish AFTER buying them….which is technically a no-no LOL) I got a 25 gallon tank just for the two of them. I set it up for them to breed. Pristine water, sand, a corner of plants, a couple flat rocks and a “cave” and a temp of 82. The female had her breeding tube sticking out when I got her home. And after a couple days it went away. So I am thinking she laid eggs and they ate them immediately. Cuz I never saw a thing. Its understandable though, since they had just been imported from overseas earlier in the week and had to acclimate to two new tanks during that week (the LFS and mine). They just weren’t ready. Too much stress!! Fast forward approx one month and they spawned again. Right in front of my face. I got to watch and take a great video. They laid the eggs on Sunday night (3 days ago) and they hatched last night. It was just under 48 hours when I caught them moving freshly hatched wigglers to a giant pit they dug in the sand. I had read differing accounts of how long they take to hatch. Some people would say 48 hours, others would say 3-4 days. Well, in 82 degree temps, per my experience, they hatch in 48 hours. I didn’t want to officially start a thread until the eggs hatched. I didn’t want to jinx anything. And I still don’t want to! I hope I am not! Haha. I am feeling incredibly lucky right now because they have already made it further than most new pairs do.( According to all my research anyway). I even had someone who has years of experience breeding german rams, tell me straight up, they will not succeed this time around. They had no doubt about it. It didn’t make me very hopeful. And it is making me still very nervous!! I am unable to get too excited…or I am trying not to anyway. But it’s tough! All of this has been a surprise to me. I have been on FL for years, and I while I haven’t done much research on german rams….I have seen them talked about quite a bit on here. And people always say they are hard to keep, super sensitive and yadda yadda. And I had been having really bad luck with rare and unsual fish lately. Always arriving sick and not lasting long. I just didn’t even think the parents would make it for me! Not with the string of bad luck I had been having!! BUT they are thriving and breeding! After just one month in my care. It feels SOOO good! They quickly became my favorite fish in my house. Which says a LOT for those who have seen many of my fish, I’ve got some stunners (not to brag haha) and I have 16 tanks of fish to choose from! So ya, these guys are seriously something SPECIAL!!!!! I have so much more to say about all of this (I know, how is that possible right lol)…but this post is already ridiculously long! Thanks to those who took the time to read it all! Haha And again, stay tuned for pics and video! They are coming real soon!