Female blue ram colors

JLK1024
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Hello everyone! I am a newbie to both this website and owning my own fish tank. My tank has been established for 2 months now, I’ve been obsessively reading about the different species I have, blue ram, tiger barbs and some American flag fish, but I can’t figure out if my blue ram (I believe it’s a female) is gonna get any more color. I got “her” last friday and she seemed to have duller colors than she has now. Do they get more vibrant as they age? I don’t care, she’s my favorite fish in the tank, I’m just curious!
 
Dunk2
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This is a bit difficult given the coloring of your Ram, but I'm gonna say male. I'll ask coralbandit to confirm or deny. I'm not seeing the pink belly of a female.

Given your other stock, what temperature are you keeping the tank at?
 
coralbandit
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fins look like female , body shape says male ??
I will guess young male ?
 
Dunk2
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The GBR on the right is a female.

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JLK1024
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Dunk2 said:
This is a bit difficult given the coloring of your Ram, but I'm gonna say male. I'll ask coralbandit to confirm or deny. I'm not seeing the pink belly of a female.

Given your other stock, what temperature are you keeping the tank at?
I’ve been keeping it at 80°. I will post another picture!
Here he/she is!
Will it get more colorful as it ages you think?
 
Dunk2
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JLK1024 said:
I’ve been keeping it at 80°. I will post another picture!
Here he/she is!
Will it get more colorful as it ages you think?
In my experience, Rams do best at a tank temperature of 82+. Given your other stock, I wouldn’t raise the temperature of your tank.

I’ve kept Rams in a community tank in the past, but now they have a tank of their own. Given their temperature requirement and the fact that they are slow eaters and can be outcompeted for food in a community tank, mine have done best in a species only tank.

Also in my experience, the coloring of Rams can vary pretty dramatically. I’ve had Rams with coloring like yours and they never really colored up. The overall quality of Rams depends on the source/breeder IMO.
 
coralbandit
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I do not think the ram will color up much more or differently .
You won't see the strong black markings IMO . They would always be noticed even if faded in most cases .
The color appears the fish is stressed due to bars but that usually doesn't last so I see them as the fishes color / markings .
Making your tank darker instead of bright will encourage the ram to darken .
Male IMO .
There is the off chance that is a cross of a Gold and German Blue somewhere in its lines ?
 

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